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Proper standards of education would be a good start for the financial advice sector

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ADELE FERGUSON It is little surprise that the crisis in confidence gripping the financial planning industry and the intense scrutiny on vertical integration and low education levels has reached the boards of the country's biggest advice businesses.

Wesfarmers' Richard Goyder opens the lolly jar for some special treats

Elizabeth Knight Dinkus

ELIZABETH KNIGHT Wesfarmers boss Richard Goyder managed to keep his shareholders happy with several treats.

Financial advisers finally told to get smart

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MALCOLM MAIDEN 12:15am The Australian financial planning industry may have crossed a Rubicon this week with AMP, NAB, Westpac and Macquarie indicating that they are moving to impose much tougher education standards on financial advisers.

Monopoly money sinks economic theory

Michael West dinkus Dinkus

MICHAEL WEST 7:50am Contrary to conventional economic theory since the time of Thales, who cornered the market for olive presses in western Anatolia in the sixth century BC, another Australian government is poised to transform a competitive market into a monopoly.

Ross Gittins: Mining boom makes little sense

It has always been: Mining is a series of ups and downs.

ROSS GITTINS 6:06pm The booms and busts that cause the ups and downs of the business cycle are driven by emotion more than rational calculation: consider our resources boom, writes Ross Gittins.

Nostalgia aside, the old BHP doesn't exist

The BHP that existed before Brian Gilbertson and Billiton arrived has long since ceased to exist, argues Michael Pascoe.

MICHAEL PASCOE It has been an easy and tempting line: the restructuring of BHP Billiton announced this week was something of a demerger of the old BHP and old Billiton. 


Loan the best way to lend offspring a hand

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MAX NEWNHAM Buying a first home is difficult for many young people. There are a number of ways parents can help.

Earnings reports spur surge in trades

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank chief Mike Hirst sold 300,000 shares.

CHRISTOPHER WEBB Trades picked up this week thanks to a collection of directors venturing into the market following the release of their companies' earnings reports.

Mr China no more: Clive Palmer out of luck, again

Clive Palmer dined and wooed Chinese investors in the hope of replicating a trick that turned him into one of Australia's richest men. But he didn't pull it off.

JOHN GARNAUT Opinion The first cracks appeared in Clive Palmer’s China story about four years ago, when he collided with the glamorous daughter of the former premier, Li Peng.

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Fairness most harmonious for national unity

Harold Mitchell dinkus Dinkus

HAROLD MITCHELL 12:15am Two of my great passions in life are music and national unity. And there are great moments when they come together.

Living in fantasy land care of property and share indexes

Marcus Padley dinkus Dinkus

MARCUS PADLEY The property industry is doing exactly the same thing as the share market.


ANZ boss wary with bucket list


ANZ boss Mike Smith Strikes CBD as the kind of guy who thinks an ice bucket is for champagne only.


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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