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Overworking has high costs

Stuart Denman 1:13pm Workaholics put their health, happiness, relationships and social life at risk.

Stefan Kazakis: Communication systems key to managing a business

Let's talk: Having effective communications systems within a business is vitally important.

Stefan Kazakis 1:08pm Contact fosters a healthy workplace and strengthens relationships with clients.

Meditation can be an aid to productivity in the workplace

Serenity now: Meditate more and we'd all likely be more focussed, energised and creative workers.

Sue White 12:58pm With the silly season approaching, we need to do less.

Jonathan Rivett's parenthood survival guide

Parenthood: Not for the faint-hearted.

Jonathan Rivett 12:54pm Fatherhood brings all the muck without requiring the lengthy labour.

Meet the boss: Natalie Reynolds

Sue White 11:50am Forestry Stewardship Council CEO Natalie Reynolds tackles plenty of challenges.

Tools of the trade

Letterpress printing

Sue White 11:43am no words

Health: Social worker Louisa Whitwam heads to New York

On track: Social worker Louisa Whitwam has clear career goals.

Josh Jennings 11:36am Social workers help patients voice concerns and understand their prognosis.

Government: Observatory makes stars more accessible

Toner Stevenson

Carolyn Rance 11:29am Travelling to Mars? You no longer have to walk.

Turramurra Powerful Owl project sees students, teachers in hands-on habitat help roles

Awareness encouraged: Karen Harper.

Kristie Kellahan 11:19am Teachers and students join forces to encourage Powerful Owl back to the area.

CVs a crucial part of any job application

CV: Job application

Jim Bright 11:15am Despite its ubiquity, we usually neglect this critically important document.

Wall Street

US stocks higher despite big Amazon drop

Wall Street.

8:22am US stocks have capped a strong week on a high note, with good earnings from Microsoft and others overshadowing a poor report from Amazon.

From micro things, big things can grow

Marcus Padley dinkus Dinkus

MARCUS PADLEY I attended the Australian Microcap Investment Conference in Melbourne this week which included 24 companies speaking over two days.

Friendship with Gough Whitlam flourished long after it was time to turn on the lights

Harold Mitchell dinkus Dinkus

HAROLD MITCHELL It is very rare for someone to be nationally known by his or her first name, and any measure our 21st prime minister was rare indeed.


Sydneysiders fill Melbourne's cup

Fashion, fillies and fun epitomise  the Melbourne Cup carnival.

MARK HAWTHORNE As major events go, the Melbourne Cup carnival has often been a bellwether of the state of the Australian economy. And this year, it's NSW money that's propping up Victoria's spring racing calendar.

Reformer Gough Whitlam oversaw economic chaos but it was not all of Labor's making

Ross Gittins dinkus Dinkus

ROSS GITTINS Gough Whitlam was a giant among men who changed Australia forever - and did it in just three years.

Calls for user-pays system for regulating financial planners

Greg Medcraft

GEORGIA WILKINS The government is facing calls to introduce a user-pays system for regulating financial planners.


Pizza shop owners owe drivers a slice for their cars

The ATO has ruled pizza delivery drivers are employees for the purposes of superannuation obligations.

NICK TOSCANO Pizza restaurants have been warned against hiring delivery drivers as independent contractors after the ATO handed down its evaluation of the disputed area of industrial law.

Medibank float a good bet as consolidation looms

Michael West dinkus Dinkus

MICHAEL WEST The Medibank executives and their brokers will hardly be yelling it from the rooftops but as they showcase their wares to institutional investors, their message will be industry consolidation.

Call on CommBank Royal Commission disappointing and shallow

Adele Ferguson dinkus Dinkus

ADELE FERGUSON The decision to reject a bipartisan call for a royal commission into the CBA was always on the cards, but its reasoning was disappointing and shallow.


Big names farewell former BHP chairman Sir James Balderstone

Sir James Balderstone.

PETER KER Friends and family of Sir James Balderstone farewelled the legendary businessman.


Trouble in paradise: Greg Medcraft's white collar crime comments get people hot under the collar

'This is a bit of paradise, Australia, for white collar,' ASIC boss Greg Medcraft said on Tuesday, before hosing down his comments a day later.

Ruth Williams and Georgia Wilkins It was the sort of startling and "courageous" comment rarely heard from a senior public servant. 

Directors' trades drop dramatically

Splashing out: Heather Ridout.

CHRISTOPHER WEBB Heather Ridout was among the larger buyers, spending nearly $174,000 on ASX scrip.

Tears and tantrums greet Qantas investors

CEO Alan Joyce forecasts a pre-tax, first-quarter profit despite slowing domestic  demand.

Yolanda Redrup A queue of screaming children greeted attendees at the Qantas annual meeting. They would have been equally at home in the ranks of Qantas investors.


Australia baulks at China bank sign-up

A Chinese flag

John Garnaut, Gareth Hutchens, David Wroe and Philip Wen Australia has baulked on signing up to a powerful new Chinese development bank amid concerns within the Abbott government that Beijing could use it to expand its strategic influence in the region.


Baillieu Library redesigned for the past, present and future

Inside the Baillieu Library, reworked by Lyons Architecture.

Stephen Crafti 'Side by side', replaces 'over the conter' service delivery at the University of Melbourne Baillieu Library.

Aquaint Capital cashed up and ready

Chatswood towards the city, showing suburban office markets.

CAROLYN CUMMINS According to CBRE’s research, the shortfall between the potential liquidity of funds ending their lifespan and the market’s ability to absorb these assets will be around US$10 billion in the coming two years.

Convenience stores repackage for battle as supermarket giants check out smaller sites

A customer passes a branch of the Tesco Express convenience store in central London.

CAROLYN CUMMINS Corner shops plan to take up the challenge as retail giants move back into local neighbourhoods.

Hot Property: Leasing assets releases Sydney's potential

WestConnex: An artist's impression, looking towards the south-west.

Glenn Byres Property investors believe asset recycling can deliver the projects that are needed to ensure Sydney's future prosperity.

Without reserve: Folkestone Maxim A-REIT Securities Fund rating upgraded

Schooling: Folkestone Education Trust investments include the Paradise Kids Children's Centre in Morang.

CAROLYN CUMMINS The Folkestone Maxim A-REIT Securities Fund has been awarded a "Superior" 4 out of 5 star rating from SQM Research.

REIT managers are smiling, happy people

Top address: Circular Quay where DEXUS has announced it plans to upgrade the retail space under the DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund's Gateway tower.

CAROLYN CUMMINS Real estate investment trusts are reporting better leasing and sales conditions, writes Carolyn Cummins.


Bourbon Hotel and former Swans Club, Potts Point to be sold

End of an era: Bourbon Hotel, Kings Cross, Sydney, is on the market as a potential development project.

CAROLYN CUMMINS One of Sydney’s pub icons is up for sale, with owners pointing to both lock-out laws and the lure of property developer dollars as reasons for putting the once-legendary Kings Cross nightspot The Bourbon on the block.

Australia's foreign bribery law needs to be tightened

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MALCOLM MAIDEN The central role that Asia has in Australia’s future was on display at Thursday’s packed Financial Review and J.P. Morgan Chanticleer lunch in Melbourne.


Retail Food Group acquires Gloria Jean's to create monster coffee company

Freshly bought Gloria Jeans to keep blends, flavours.

ESTHER HAN Retail Food Group acquired Gloria Jean's Coffees for $163.5 million on Friday, sealing itself as Australia's coffee Goliath in terms of franchise brands, store counts and roasting capacity.


Australian shares post second week of gains


SALLY ROSE A mostly upbeat tone to the annual general meeting season, including well-received updates from ResMed, Qantas and AMP, spurred shares higher on Friday to ensure a second straight week of gains.


Dymocks hails new chapter in $2b book market if import bans scrapped

Sue Mitchell John Forsyth, the owner and chairman of Australia’s oldest and largest book retailer Dymocks Group, sees a renaissance in the $2 billion book market if the government agrees to scrap parallel import bans.


ABC beefs up ad budget as Facebook fans rise


Jared Lynch and Madeleine Heffernan The ABC has increased its multimillion-dollar advertising budget as the taxpayer-funded broadcaster beefs up self-promotion on social media.

BHP has admitted flooding market: Barnett

BHP Billiton boss Andrew Mackenzie said Colin Barnett was 'completely wrong' to suggest BHP and Rio were flooding the iron ore market and placing downward pressure on prices.

BHP Billiton boss Andrew Mackenzie says the WA premier's suggestion the company and Rio Tinto are flooding the iron ore market is 'completely wrong'.

Industry warns NSW could lose 10 wind farms, $2.5 billion under Tony Abbott's plan to cut clean energy

New wind farms: Out of reach?

PETER HANNAM Confusion over Canberra’s plans to cut the Renewable Energy Target (RET) will cost NSW at least $2.5 billion in investment by 2020 and mean the state will fall short of the Baird government’s own target for clean energy, industry groups say.


AMP upbeat trading

SALLY ROSE Financial services group AMP Ltd has provided an upbeat trading update for the third quarter.

Takeaway giant buys Gloria Jean's

Stephen Johnson The coffee industry veteran who brought Gloria Jeans to Australia in 1996 is selling to the company behind Michel's Patisserie and Donut King.

What's watt? The Renewable Energy Target explained

Solar eclipse? What's the future for the RET?

PETER HANNAM Confused by the jargon about gigawatts and "real 20 per cent"? Here are some basics in the debate over the Renewable Energy Target.


Microsoft revenue tops estimates as revamp plan rolls ahead

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's revamp plan for the tech giant appears to be making progress.

Dina Bass Microsoft's quarterly sales topped estimates on cloud-computing growth and recovering personal-computer sales, as chief executive Satya Nadella showed progress in his effort to revive the company.

Resmed sleep machine has dream run

A bedroom air humidifier helped sleep disorder equipment group Resmed achieve a six per cent revenue increase.


Bankers deserve an uppercut for 'laughable' Medibank float, says analyst

Morningstar head of equities research Peter Warnes.

PATRICK COMMINS The timing and pricing of The timing and pricing of Medibank’s sharemarket listing is ‘laughable’ and the investment bankers running it need a “sharp and powerful uppercut”, Morningstar’s head of equities research Peter Warnes has told clients.

AMP shares surge as performance improves


AMP says it is enjoying strong growth across its businesses, with cash flows in its wealth management operations more than doubling.


No CBA royal commission, Mathias Cormann confirms

Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.

The federal government has rejected calls to establish a royal commission into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.


ResMed's revenue gets wake up with new products

“We are delivering on our promise to drive top-line revenue growth this fiscal year by launching a strong portfolio of new products, services, and solutions.”: ResMed CEO Mick Farrell.

Jessica Gardner Sleep therapy giant ResMed said its first quarter revenue increased by 6 per cent to $US380 million ($433.84 million), which was buoyed by recent product launches but dampened by weaker growth in the main US market.

Medibank worth buying: analysts

Evan Schwarten Analysts say the upcoming float of Medibank Private may be worth buying into for long-term investors.


Qantas 'on track' after making first-quarter profit, says Alan Joyce

In the hot seat: Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

MATT O'SULLIVAN Qantas made a pre-tax profit in the first quarter as growth in capacity in the domestic market ground to a halt and competition eased on international routes.


BHP Billiton's Jac Nasser dismisses call for bigger returns

Amanda Saunders BHP Billiton chairman Jac Nasser has batted off shareholder criticism that the miner is dragging its feet on capital management, saying that without a strong balance sheet "someone else is determining your destiny".

NZ trade deficit widens as exports slow

Suze Metherell NZ's trade deficit has widened further than expected as logs and dairy exports fell and the country imported more transport equipment.

Bond futures weaker on better sentiment

Australian bond futures prices are slightly weaker as investors take on more risk.

Qantas back to making a profit

Peter Trute Qantas boss Alan Joyce says the embattled airline is back on track but unions and employees remain unhappy about cost cuts and job losses.

Qantas gives first sign domestic fares are on the rise

Qantas cut its mainline domestic capacity by 2.2 per cent in the September quarter, which compares to a 0.6 per cent increase by Virgin.

Jamie Freed Qantas Airways has given the first signal that its domestic fares are rising, with its yields, or returns on fares, rising in September versus the same month last year now that the capacity war with Virgin Australia Holdings has ended.

Sky renews rugby coverage contract

Tina Morrison Sky Television has renewed its deal for rugby coverage, announcing a five-year deal with SANZAR unions.

The stocks professional investors are buying

VESNA POLJAK Fund managers have taken advantage of a spike in sharemarket volatility to pick up bargains this month, coinciding with the S&P/ASX 200 Index hitting its lowest level since February.

Wall Street

US stocks surge on earnings

US stocks have bolted higher following a series of mostly strong earnings reports from Dow members Caterpillar, 3M and others.

Pfizer approves $US11bn repurchase plan

Pfizer will buy back $US11 billion ($A11.9 billion) in company stocks to help support a company's stock price and earnings per share.

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