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Potshots at the vertically integrated

Adele Ferguson dinkus

ADELE FERGUSON A Commonwealth Bank whistleblower has put the spotlight on the ''ludicrous'' compensation model the bank used to pay out victims of rogue planners and warned of the perils of vertical integration.

Start-ups starved of venture capital

Elizabeth Knight Dinkus

ELIZABETH KNIGHT In Australia the venture capital sector is not starved but neither is it properly supported. Why is so much talent that's pregnant with possibility moving to the west coast of the US?

Watchdog observes light-speed probe on high frequency trades

Malcolm Maiden dinkus

MALCOLM MAIDEN The speed of light is constant, but regulation of the way it is leveraged by sharemarket high-frequency traders is not.

Mystery surrounds Energy World Corporation's coup in Jamaica

Michael West dinkus

MICHAEL WEST The slides for the annual meeting of Energy World Corporation in 2012 depict chairman Stewart Elliott and his trusty finance man Brian Allen departing by helicopter for a site visit in Indonesia, then arriving by helicopter safely at site.

Greed is the market's forgotten vice

Ross Gittins dinkus

ROSS GITTINS Where do Easter and business intersect? Well, what about at greed.

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Super Australian dollar keeping interest rates down

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MICHAEL PASCOE There's a problem for those predicting a Reserve Bank interest rate rise sooner rather than later: the stronger Australian dollar is already doing much of the job that a rate increase would do.

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Beware the nasty shock of Division 293 superannuation tax

Max Newnham

MAX NEWNHAM Many so-called wealthy Australians have received a nasty shock from the Tax Office in the mail.

The Directors

Millner family tops buyers' list with Brickworks buy

LIndsay Partride chief of Brickworks.

CHRISTOPHER WEBB The Millner family again topped the buyers' list but this time they switched their attention to Brickworks, the building products and investments group.

Chinese spies at Sydney University

Uni

JOHN GARNAUT China is building large covert informant networks inside Australia's leading universities, prompting Australia to strengthen its counter-intelligence capabilities.

Opinion

Tony Abbott's Asian trip has laid the foundation, now we must build on it

Harold Mitchell dinkus

HAROLD MITCHELL As the Chinese say, 'A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step', but that's all it's been.

Make hay while the sharemarket shines but be ready to react tomorrow

Marcus Padley dinkus

MARCUS PADLEY No one predicted the GFC, but predicting one now is just as reckless.

CBD

How Mike Smith learnt to love the social media bomb

CBD

ANZ's new journalism venture Blue Notes is only a couple of days old, but the banks chief executive Mike Smith has already gone rogue. He posted an article on Linkedin titled 'How I became a social media believer and why banking's future is digital'.

Insider

Old favourites appear once more in ASX hall of shame

Insider

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

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My $20,000 mistake

Nina Hendy

When Oscar de Vries changed accounting software packages it cost him a small fortune. He's warning others not to make the same error.

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