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Cormann can't escape conflicts

Adele Ferguson dinkus

ADELE FERGUSON On the same day the Coalition successfully rammed through a windback of financial advice reforms by doing a "dirty deal" with the Palmer United Party, the Murray inquiry found conflicted remuneration structures "undermine" the ability of customers to get quality advice.

Solomon Lew walks Country Road to riches

Elizabeth Knight Dinkus

ELIZABETH KNIGHT Corporations law should include a new test for independent experts who assess the price paid for takeovers.

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens nails the 'big question'

MALCOLM MAIDEN 6:42pm Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens avoided discussing the Australian economy when he addressed the Anika Foundation luncheon in Sydney on Tuesday, but he did shed light on the wall of worry that the markets are climbing.

Dumping of Future of Financial Advice reforms shows how bank lobbyists pervert democracy

Michael West dinkus

MICHAEL WEST It is rare to get insight into the back-room dealings between government and big business.

Bankers and financial advisers swear by it

Ross Gittins dinkus

ROSS GITTINS As the misadventures of the can-do Commonwealth Bank remind us, even though our bankers didn't bring the house down in the global financial crisis as happened elsewhere, we still had too many victims of bad investment advice losing their savings.

Current super regime won't stand the test of time

Financial system inquiry chair David Murray.

MICHAEL PASCOE No, the superannuation status quo can't last. There need to be changes. Some very rich and powerful institutions and many individuals won't like it.


A mistake by the ATO, or have the goalposts moved?

Rule change: ATO shift could provide a capital gains tax saving for SMSFs.

MAX NEWNHAM 12:15am Guidance notes recently issued by the ATO, explaining the starting and stopping of superannuation pensions, could provide a CGT saving to SMSF’s. The guidance notes included answers to common questions relating to superannuation pensions. One of the answers has changed a long-held view on how account-based pensions can be paid to members of super funds.

The directors

Tap Oil MD back in the market for shares

Troy Hayden

CHRISTOPHER WEBB Directors' trades were subdued with the total for buyers and sellers registering less than $2.8m.


China looms large over MH17 debate at UN Security Council

Power of two: Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin speaks with his Chinese counterpart Liu Jieyi at a UN Security Council meeting on Syria on July 14.

JOHN GARNAUT Opinion It was no accident that Tony Abbott talked about “countries” in the plural form when he fronted Parliament to lambast the kind of behaviour that led to the MH17 disaster.

No double disillusion in our democratic neighbour Indonesia

Harold Mitchell dinkus

HAROLD MITCHELL Elections are risky things and in a democratic society the results can be uncontrollable.

Marcus Padley

Don't let a little bubble spoil some 'irrational exuberance'

Marcus Padley dinkus

MARCUS PADLEY The Federal Reserve says investors display 'too much complacency with regard to risk'.


DJs chases investors for support

David jones sign with shadows

ERIC JOHNSTON David Jones reaches to its small shareholders, seeking support for the acquisition by Woolworths.


Absolutely no investment conflict


The Woolies-stacked board does not own a single Country Road share between them.


Old favourites appear once more in ASX hall of shame


ASX commanders fire their warning shots at the sharemarket's corporate cling-ons.

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Here come the taxi app wars

Adam Courtenay

Uber might have captured the media's attention but it's not the only outfit going for a slice of the cab market.

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