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7:32am News from the world’s major stock markets.
7:22am The International Monetary Fund says it is prepared to continue its financial support of Greece, a day after an election swept in the leftist, anti-austerity party Syriza.
6:59am Despite a plunge in the price of iron ore, local shares are poised to open little changed ahead of the NAB's December business confidence report.
6:44am The Australian dollar has hit fresh five-and-a-half-year lows amid increasing expectations of a Reserve Bank of Australia interest rate cut.
5:51am Iron ore retreated to the lowest level in more than five years as a slowdown in China hurt the outlook for demand in the world’s biggest user while the largest mining companies add to supply, boosting a surplus.
PETER HANNAM 12:15am AGL has attributed large fluctuations of groundwater levels at its coal seam gas monitoring bores near Gloucester to the effects of sampling but water experts say more information is needed before interference with the water table can be ruled out.
NASSIM KHADEM 12:15am Regulators need to stop online companies such as Uber and Airbnb – as well as people using their services – from dodging their tax obligations, says Labor assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh.
Angela Macdonald-Smith 12:15am The global oil and gas industry needs to cut costs by at least $US170 billion to avoid an increase in net debt, according to consultancy Wood Mackenzie.
NASSIM KHADEM 12:00am By 2031 the ABS estimates there will be 3.2 million single households. The Abbott government should not forget singles as it embarks on tax reform.
GEORGIA WILKINS 12:00am NAB customers have until Tuesday to join a class action over overdrawn fees as the bank prepares to settle its part in a long-running bank fee case.
David Ramli 12:00am SingTel-Optus’ new chief executive Allen Lew has pledged to break Telstra’s mobile service dominance.
PETER KER 6:00pm The aluminium maker is enjoying a 17 per cent fall in the Australian dollar
CLANCY YEATES 6:58pm European banks slashed their exposure to Australia's economy by more than $US30 billion in the year to September, according to figures from the Bank for International Settlements.
GARETH HUTCHENS 5:33pm Business Council of Australia pointed to the legacy of Gough Whitlam to say Australia needs similar types of leadership from its current crop of leaders.
Angela Macdonald-Smith 5:34pm The dive in oil prices could wipe more than $30 billion from Australia’s export bounty from liquefied natural gas in 2017-18, gouging a huge hole in revenue compared to the projections of just a year ago, according to Westpac economists.
MARK MULLIGAN 7:09am The Australian dollar is likely to remain under pressure this week, with the local consumer price index (CPI) and US Federal Reserve policy meeting key to sentiment as the global data flow begins to intensify.
CAROLYN CUMMINS 5:34pm Sydney's iconic Circular Quay precinct is to get a facelift with the addition of a five-star hotel and upmarket apartments, following the sale of the Gold Fields House at 1 Alfred Street to the Chinese Dalian Wanda Group for $415 million.
2:17pm Blackstone Real Estate sells Gold Fields House to Wanda Group which plans to turn it into a 5-star hotel, retail and luxury residential complex.
1:39pm The euro hit an 11-year low versus the US dollar on Monday as Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party swept to victory in a snap election.
1:39am Greece appeared to reject the punishing economics of austerity and sent a warning signal to the rest of Europe as the left-wing Syriza party won a decisive victory in national elections, positioning its tough-talking leader, Alexis Tsipras, to become the next prime minister.
12:04pm Japan's exports grew the most in a year in December, helped by a weak yen and pickup in overseas demand led by the United States, an encouraging sign for the recession-hit economy even as doubts persist about the strength of global consumption.
Jonathan Underhill 12:01pm The NZ Reserve Bank is expected to cut the official cash rate by nine basis points over the next 12 months, based on the overnight interest swap curve.
Jonathan Shapiro 6:08pm ANZ Banking Group has announced plans to issue $750 million of capital notes in what is likely to be the first ASX listed hybrid of 2014.
2:40pm NAB customers hoping to recoup "unfairly charged exception fees" have 24 hours to register their claim, the company managing a class action urges.
Jessica Gardner 10:31am Rubber glove and condom maker Ansell will use its expertise in protection to safeguard profits from its “natural feeling” SKYN brand condoms, which are at risk from a competitor product made by larger rival Durex.
Will Willitts 12:51pm The Australian dollar sank below US80¢ on Friday and has continued its downward slide as the momentum behind an earlier-than-expected interest rate cut from the Reserve Bank of Australia gained pace.
Annie Gowen 8:12am In the hilly Singrauli region of northern India, animals feed on ash-covered grass, smoke stings the eyes and burns the throat, and the reservoir is foul with toxins such as mercury and arsenic. Even the breakfast eggs are grey.
7:55am Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Monday
7:49am Commodities news from around the world
The New York insider trading case against Australian research analyst Trent Martin and four co-accused is on the verge of collapse after a judge vacated the defendants' guilty pleas.
News from the world’s major stock markets.
The Australian sharemarket looks set to open lower.
Irish airline Aer Lingus has confirmed it is looking at an improved takeover offer from International Airlines Group worth 1.35 billion euros.
CAROLYN CUMMINS Retail experts are tipping women's intimate apparel as one of the hot spots for the sector this year with the release of the steamy movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, expected to trigger a rise in sales of lingerie and related "items".
Jamie Freed Wotif.com Holdings chief executive Scott Blume and many other employees of the online travel agent will be departing the company as new owner Expedia undertakes a major restructure of the Australian online travel group.
JARED LYNCH Listed movie distributor Village Roadshow has dismissed concerns that Australians using "back door" software to access Netflix's US service will hurt the streaming giant's local competitors
Victims of Commonwealth Bank financial planning scandal and consumer group Choice question scheme's independence and reach
GEORGIA WILKINS Consumer group Choice and victims of the Commonwealth Bank financial planning scandal have expressed fresh concerns over the handling of a bank-run compensation scheme, saying many potential victims have been left out and fresh questions were raised about its independence.
LISA VISENTIN Bill Moss credits his disability with giving him the driving force that has seen him scale the heights of the business world, and more recently, become a tireless champion for disability rights.
LISA VISENTIN Ozemail entrepeneur Sean Howard, who has also founded charities for eye research, youth support and aged-care, becomes an Officer of the Order of Australia today.
MacMahon Holdings co-founder John McDonald has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.
CLANCY YEATES Australia has one of the world’s biggest pools of private retirement savings, but retirees are among the most fearful they’ll outlive their nest eggs.
Joseph Ciolli Mario Draghi’s embrace of Federal Reserve-style stimulus gave US equities their first weekly gain this year and sent European shares to the best rally since 2011.
William Pesek Few central bankers in modern history have had a better run than Australia's Glenn Stevens. He steered his country around the global financial crisis, drove its currency to record highs and extended its recession-free run past the two-decade mark.
MATT O'SULLIVAN In an extract from his book, Matt O'Sullivan recounts how Qantas called on a fresh-faced young Irishman to spearhead its new budget airline, a project that would also give rise to tensions inside the company.
Andrew Pepar The new year is a good time to get your career in focus.
A move to cleaner energy sources has resulted in China recording its first drop in coal production since 2000.
Sue White Making gelato is an art unto itself and Anna Temellini is passing on her skills.
Kristie Kellahan The first day of school is a big milestone for the littlest students (and their parents).
Carolyn Rance Landscape architecture encompasses art, design, science and the natural environment.
Linda Sim Increasing demand for clean energy sources has resulted in the expansion of the renewable energy industry, and the associated jobs, in country areas.
US stocks fell on Friday, pressured by underwhelming corporate news including guidance from economic activity bellwether UPS and as materials stocks fell after bearish research notes.
McDonald's, the world's biggest hamburger chain, has exceeded Wall Street expectations by posting earnings of $US1.22 per share.
MATT O'SULLIVAN In an exclusive extract from his book 'Mayday: How Warring Egos forced Qantas off course', Fairfax journalist Matt O’Sullivan reveals the behind-the-scenes story of one of the biggest controversies in Australia's aviation history.
Australia has kicked off 2015 with a soft economy, a weakened dollar and a host of challenges facing its big corporate sectors. BusinessDay looks at the year to come.
MARCUS PADLEY Everyone is making predictions for 2015 but most of what you hear are what I call “Predictable Predictions”.
Vanessa Desloires The almost domino-like collapses of Ernest Hillier and Betta Foods this month might be cause for concern for the small chocolate manufacturers of Australia.
Too much tax? Middle income Australians pay 11 cents in the dollar, says the Australian Council of Social Service
PETER MARTIN Australians pay far less tax than they believe a new report finds, and certainly far less tax than the Treasurer thinks they do.
GARETH HUTCHENS A few years ago conservatives in the United States were hyperventilating about the then-chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, because they believed his radical monetary policies were going to lead to an uncontrollable outbreak in inflation that would decimate the economy.
MARK HAWTHORNE It is almost four years since Coles fired the first shot in the ''milk wars’’. Industry data obtained by Fairfax Media shows the extent of the impact on dairy giants Lion and Parmalat.