Brisbane Times / Business

Sunday, May 20


Australian shares may struggle to start the week

Trade, bond yields and the Reserve Bank governor will be in focus in the week ahead as Australian shares seek to recoup their upward momentum from earlier this month. With some newfound optimism, the S&P/ASX 200 could potentially extend…

Thursday, May 3


Markets Live: ASX breaks 6,100, miners lead

National Australia Bank is selling out of the wealth management sector, announcing plans to offload MLC, including its financial advice, superannuation and funds management businesses. Same-store sales at Super Cheap Auto rose 4.4 per cent…

Monday, Apr 30


Brenner's exit unlikely to end the hemorrhaging

The critical question overhanging AMP now that Catherine Brenner has, as expected, ''stepped down'' as chairman is whether that alone will be sufficient to end the hemorrhaging from the group's self-inflicted wounds. It's most unlikely…

Sunday, Apr 29


RBA seen reining in growth outlook, edging higher its inflation forecast

Reserve Bank policymakers are expected to rein in, albeit slightly, the outlook for the economy on Tuesday, while also affirming and perhaps lifting their bet on where inflation is heading. The central bank's board meeting is unanimously…

Wednesday, Apr 25

iPhone maker misses out while Apple investors make 950 per cent return

It's been one of the greatest money generating consumer products of all time. Yet those profits have barely spilled over to shareholders of the biggest builder of the iPhone.

Tuesday, Apr 24


Banks lift the ASX as miners fall

The Australian market has recorded its strongest advance in nine sessions on Tuesday, despite big losses in the mining sector. The S&P/ASX 200 index closed up 35.6 points at 5921.6, a gain of 0.6 per cent. The banks led the market on…

Monday, Apr 23


Leave nothing but huge amounts of money. Expect only grandchildren.

More and more mums and dads are coming to the aid of their first home buyer children.

Sunday, Apr 22


Blogger's stolen photo exposes 'big gap' in the law

A blogger whose photo was stolen by a Sydney business has discovered there are few simple legal remedies to stop businesses using her image without permission.

Saturday, Apr 21


The IKEA robot chair builders aren't coming for our jobs (yet)

Robots are good for assembling IKEA furniture but useless for complex tasks such as ruling Earth.

Friday, Apr 20


ASX gains for a third straight week

A loss on Friday wasn't enough to hinder an otherwise positive performance on the Australian market this week as the index recorded its third consecutive weekly gain. The S&P/ASX 200 index was down 12.2 points on Friday to 5,868.8, but up…

Markets Live: ASX finishes week lower

That's all from Markets Live today. We hope you've had a good week. Thank you to everyone who joined us. Hope you have a good weekend, we'll be back on Monday. 4:42pm Here's how the market finished for the week The S&P/ASX 200 index was…

Thursday, Apr 19


Only 8pc of businesses will increase wages if taxes are cut

One-in-five say they don't need a tax cut to secure their companies future.


ASX lifts on strong commodities

The Australian market recorded its fifth session in a row without a loss on Thursday, as strong commodity prices helped lift mining stocks. The S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 19.6 points to finish at 5,881, despite poor performances from the major…

Tuesday, Apr 17


ACT businesses most confident in Australia, survey finds

Support for the ACT government rises sharply among small and medium-sized businesses, which are the most confident in Australia.

Monday, Apr 16


ASX shrugs off Syrian strikes to finish high

The Australian market started the week positively as investors took news of missile strikes in Syria over the weekend in their stride Futures had been pointing to a flat-to-weaker start for the S&P/ASX 200 index but the market climbed as…

Sunday, Apr 15


Syrian air strikes to unsettle ASX, jobs report in focus

Australian shares will start the week on an unsteady footing following weekend US airstrikes in Syria, as economists eye key inflation and jobs numbers. Wall Street fell on Friday night as the first wave of US earnings failed to meet…

Friday, Apr 13


Prepare for sharply higher mortgage payments, Reserve Bank warns investors


As many as 1.5 million mortgage holders are set to face sharply higher payments as interest-only loans convert to principal and interest loans.

Thursday, Apr 12


ASX down after cautious day of trading

Geopolitical tensions have given Australian markets their second consecutive day of losses as investors remained cautious over the threat of missile strikes in Syria. US President Trump took to Twitter late on Wednesday AEST, telling…

Monday, Apr 9


ASX defies Wall Street to close higher

The Australian market has defied predictions it would drop off the back of a day of losses on Wall Street by finishing the day up 20 points. Helped up by positive performances from CSL and the two major supermarket chains, the index…

Sunday, Apr 8


The unlikely hero that could be our next great export after HECS

Done correctly, it has the potential to be a great political-economic export in a democratising Asian region.


ASX's October low back on radar

Australian shares are poised to open lower and extend their drift back toward their October lows, caught in a wave of global angst about the widening economic confrontation between the US and China. While Donald Trump's request to cast a…

Saturday, Apr 7


ACT hepatitis A case may be linked to frozen pomegranate

There is a recall on Creative Gourmet Frozen Pomegranate after a hepatitis A outbreak.

Friday, Apr 6


ASX gains despite turbulent trade war week

The Australian sharemarket rose 0.5 per cent for the week, delivering its best performance in four weeks. The ASX was steady on Friday despite news that the Trump Administration was threatening to triple proposed tariffs against China to …


Half of Australia's roofs suitable for solar, research suggests

Up to half of the nation’s roofing area is suited to solar panels but is currently unused, with industrial suburbs accounting for most of this spare capacity. According to new University of NSW (UNSW) research, 40 per cent of Sydney’s…

Thursday, Apr 5


Not for sale: AGL's Andy Vesey defies Malcolm Turnbull

AGL will defy pressure by the Turnbull government to sell its ageing Liddell power plant, warning that interference in the market would raise issues of ‘‘sovereign risk’’ that could deter investment in new energy assets. In a rare…

Wednesday, Apr 4


ASX rallies late to finish day's trading firmer, breaking a stretch of declines

Australian shares rose on Wednesday, avoiding a fourth straight day of losses. Predictions of a strong start to the day after a strong close on Wall Street were proven wrong but the market was able to recover throughout the day with the S…


Why AGL is likely to rebuff any and all suitors to 'old lady Liddell'

On the face of it, AGL should be happy to offload the Liddell power station to an eager buyer such as Alinta Energy. In fact, any buyer at all. Here's an ailing plant, not far off a half-century vintage, that the company valued at zero…

Monday, Apr 2


Patience defines Reserve Bank of Australia's cash rate position and outlook

The Reserve Bank is expected to reaffirm that it's still in no rush to lift the cash rate when policymakers meet on Tuesday, though investors will be keen to parse the post-meeting statement for any insight on how the central bank is…

Friday, Mar 30


The Qantas high-flyer who wants Alan Joyce's job

Alison Webster is 34,000 feet above the Indian Ocean and speeding away from Australia's west coast when she reflects on the challenges she faces as the newly-minted chief executive of Qantas International. This flight - Qantas' first non…


Bankers for a gangster: Commonwealth lenders help mafia boss do laundry

Some Commonwealth Bank lenders were happy to write millions in property loans for one of Australia's biggest mafia figures.