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Today's News & Views
10:18am Bank of Queensland customers caught up in the Storm Financial collapse will receive $17m in compensation from the lender.
Lawrence White and Pete Sweeney 10:00am Short-sellers who profit from stock price declines have resumed targeting Chinese companies after a three-year lull, but many of the researchers who instigate the strategy are now cloaked in anonymity, shielding themselves from angry companies and Beijing’s counter-investigations.
9:42am ALS Limited has warned its first half profit is expected to slide 36 per cent to $64 million.
Dominic White 9:31am Ten Network Holdings will spruik its 2015 schedule to media buyers and analysts on November 13 at The Star in Sydney with executive chairman Hamish McLennan acknowledging the struggling broadcaster needs to close the gap between its audience share and its share of the advertising market.
9:13am Australian bond futures prices have followed US bond prices higher.
9:59am NZ business lobby groups welcome the re-election of a National government and financial markets are expected to rise as a result.
Jonathan Underhill 9:59am Synlait Milk hits its target to post a $NZ19.6 million profit and it says it will take a 25 per cent stake in China's New Hope Nutritional Foods.
Suze Metherell 9:59am Chairwoman of childrenswear chain Pumpkin Patch, Jane Freeman, is stepping down.
7:58am Stocks of interest on the Australian stock exchange on Monday.
7:54am Commodities news from around the world
7:26am The Australian sharemarket looks set to open lower.
7:17am News from the world’s major stock markets
8:07am Alibaba Group Holdings' initial public offering sees Japanese wireless giant SoftBank gain an expected 500 billion yen.
6:49am The Australian dollar remains around 89 US cents after the greenback hit a four-year high.
6:06am What's on in the world of business this week.
6:02am Local shares are set to open slightly lower to start the week after a weak performance on Wall Street on Friday.
8:07am Economy-wide spending continues to grow, despite the dampening effects of unusually warm weather and the mining investment slow down.
CBD 12:30am Gerry Harvey is going to great lengths to make the sale of Nathan Tinkler’s thoroughbred racing empire a success.
JARED LYNCH 6:34am Banks have started to throw cash at customers again in an effort to win business as spring fever hits the property market and house prices soar.
Madeleine Heffernan 12:15am A high-profile news TV program is among many shows at risk of not returning due to funding cuts.
Jamie Freed 12:15am Qantas Airways may have marketed recent changes to its frequent flyer program as 'simpler, fairer', but in reality it added 'daunting complexity'.
JARED LYNCH 12:15am The introduction of an 'effects test' into competition law is likely to take a back seat to wider economic reforms.
Paul McIntyre and Dominic White 12:15am Telstra is expected to scrap its T-Box personal video recorder and internet television device.
Gareth Hutchens and James Massola 12:15am Treasurer Joe Hockey says the attempt to tackle global tax evasion by multinational companies has met an ''extraordinary effort'' by global finance ministers, with tax regimes about to experience "structural reform at a global level".
Paul McIntyre and Dominic White 12:38am TV broadcasters are scrambling to renegotiate some of their rights deals with US TV and film studios in an offensive against the much anticipated arrival of on-demand video powerhouse Netflix.
Karen Maley 12:15am Edward Jewell-Tait says that the financial advisory industry will only become professional when it takes steps to stamp out conflicts of interest.
Amanda Saunders 12:15am Anglo American chief executive Mark Cutifani is courting Unites States faith-based groups to help fight the global campaign urging investors to abandon investments in fossil fuels.
John Kehoe 12:38am A United States toll road company part-owned by Macquarie Group will file for bankruptcy on Monday, after collapsing under the weight of $US5.8 billion in debt.
Bianca Hartge-Hazelman 12:15am Foreign investors are starting to look more favourably at Australian equities as a weaker currency and stronger US bond yields take some of the shine off high-dividend stocks.
Graham Ruddick 3:34pm Under-fire online fashion retailer Asos is facing growing concerns from its suppliers – some of Britain's leading clothing brands – about the discounts it is offering on their products.
Michael de la Merced 2:06pm The long-awaited public market debut of the Alibaba Group, the Chinese Internet titan, did not disappoint Friday, eclipsing every other company that has started to sell stock so far this year.
Anna White 1:34pm Beneath London's buzzing underground rail network lies a portflio of disused spaces worth an estimated £3.6b.
PETER MARTIN Why on earth do we need compulsory superannuation? Economists will tell you it's because we are stupid, if they think we need it at all.
Claire Linton-Evans Being evaluated on salary only can force the best people out of selection processes.
Robyn Emerson Australian employers have joined a worldwide trend towards temporary labour.
Josh Jennings Counselling and goal setting are just some of the tools used in palliative care.
Jessica Guynn China's richest person got even wealthier as Alibaba soared on its first day of trading.
TAMMY MILLS A mining company employee who sent an email to his work colleagues that vilified Muslims has been awarded almost $30,000 in unfair dismissal compensation after being sacked.
Stefan Kazakis Just like your business, your personal values need validation and certification.
Jonathan Rivett Finally, proof office lunch theft is much more than an old wive's tale.
Sue White When Kim Kelly arrived back in Australia, she knew she wanted to make a difference.
Sue White Dentist Angelo Lazaris says he wouldn't be without his digital camera at work.
Judy Barouch Rachel Luchetti and Stuart Krelle lead the company with cutting-edge concepts.
The Dow has notched its third straight record high in mixed Wall Street trade as shares of Chinese Internet company Alibaba soared following a record initial public offering.
Carolyn Rance Our athletes need help to think correctly and focus under pressure
A buying frenzy has sent Alibaba shares sharply higher as the Chinese online giant made its historic Wall Street trading debut.
Caleb Melby and David De Jong China's richest person got even wealthier today as Alibaba soared on its first day of trading.
Stephen Crafti The Old Colonialists Association of Victoria, Rushall Park, in North Fitzroy, is one of Melbourne's best-kept secrets, maybe not for locals. Founded by William Coppin in 1870 for early pioneers as a refuge for early pioneers who had fallen on difficult times, the heritage-listed time capsule is a showcase of some of the city's finest architectural styles; including terraces, arts and craft-style homes and later Californian Bungalows. While the triangular-shaped site has been thoughtfully expanded over the years, there was a small pocket of development in the 1960s that 'under-delivered' in quality. "They were fairly ordinary buildings, a hostel and nursing home that were quite prosaic," says Architect Peter Williams, Director of Williams Boag Architects.
MARC PALLISCO Two adjoining properties at the super-prominent south-west corner of the Melbourne CBD Hoddle Grid are speculated to be selling to a high-rise builder for about $50 million.
BRIAN ROBINS To its critics it has confirmed their views - and to its investors it is all a monumental media beat-up.
MATT WADE World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has used a meeting in Sydney to warn that the economic damage caused by the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa could escalate dramatically unless the international response is immediately ramped up.
Adele Ferguson and Ben Butler It is the cheat sheet at the centre of the Macquarie Private Wealth scandal that the millionaires' factory and the corporate regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, refuses to confirm or deny exists.
ADELE FERGUSON As the minister for finance Mathias Cormann gets set to ram through his amendments to financial advice reforms, the issue of low educational requirements and institutionalised cheating on exams is still to be resolved.
MALCOLM MAIDEN Investment bankers I met on Wall Street told me that for now, animal spirits had returned to the market.
NAB says it is business as usual for its UK operations after Scotland rejected independence.
MAX MASON A rally in bank stocks on Friday was not enough to lift the Australian sharemarket out of its doldrums as stocks fell for the fourth week in a row.
Australian bond futures prices are slightly lower after Scotland's vote against independance gave the market some relief.
How much do you really know about investing? See if you can answer the test questions that some of Macquarie Private Wealth's hotshot advisers were cheating to get past. Note you will not have the advantage of reference material provided to help answer the questions.
Tim Binsted Bega Cheese has inked a $100 million supply and distribution agreement with Chinese retailer Chongqing General Trading Group to supply Bega-branded long life milk to China.