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August 27, 2008
Sub-Saharan roulette
Barely a week goes by without Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) figuring prominently in the Australian business and financial news.
Sub-Saharan roulette
August 27, 2008
Keeping your faculties intact
On the face of it, Australia’s international tertiary education sector is booming. Education recently surpassed tourism to become the third largest export after steel and coal, creating about $12.5 billion in income.
Keeping your faculties intact
August 27, 2008
Lilliput
When the US Securities and Exchange Commission took the unprecedented step of banning certain kinds of short selling for 30 days in July this year, it put every global regulator on notice to stop dithering and take action to tackle market manipulation.
Lilliput
August 25, 2008
Shovel and sickle
A bevy of Australian and other foreign mining companies moving into the poverty stricken but mineral-rich Philippines face a number of challenges, among them communist insurgents wielding extortion demands and hit and run raids.
Shovel and sickle
June 17, 2008
Staple Stoush
Consumers throughout Southeast Asia have begun to show their displeasure at the rising cost of food, but the threat of these protests degenerating into region-wide, destabilising unrest is, for the moment, overstated.
Staple Stoush
June 17, 2008
Remote Control
Remote Control
June 17, 2008
Master of the Universe
Diplomats, politicians and mining executives like to say that there is always heat and colour in the iron ore trade and this year is no different to any other.
Master of the Universe
April 15, 2008
Prosecuting Wall Street
When the boom turns to a bust, throughout modern history, politicians begin to prosecute financiers.
Prosecuting Wall Street
April 15, 2008
Thinking Cap
I was making vegemite sandwiches for my sons’ lunch one Saturday in late February when Glyn Davis rang.
Thinking Cap
April 15, 2008
Ready for Harvest
All eyes are on wheat, a sector that is now said to be at the doorstep of the next wave of consolidation.
Ready for Harvest
April 15, 2008
Bucolics Anonymous
Forget mining and financial services. Agribusiness is shaping up to be the next hot investment sector.
Bucolics Anonymous
April 15, 2008
Australia's Next Top Model
A year is a long time in business, but in the case of Australia’s listed infrastructure trust (LIT) and listed property trust (LPT) sectors it is almost their entire lifetime.
Australia's Next Top Model
April 15, 2008
Trade Funk
Export statistics only tell half the story about the foreign earnings of Australian companies and are no longer a sufficient measure in a globalised economy.
Trade Funk
April 15, 2008
Australian Interest
It is one of the greatest accomplishments of modern history – the world population doubled in 50 years, but the food supply kept pace.
Australian Interest
April 14, 2008
Housebound by Nature's Gifts
It comes as no surprise that Australia’s resources industry makes a healthy showing in The Diplomat Global 100, with the sector having 15 companies on the list.
Housebound by Nature's Gifts
April 14, 2008
Year of Living Dangerously
On the face of it, the offshore earnings of Australia’s most globalised companies are powering along. They have increased by 15.3 per cent to $218.9 billion in a year when the international environment has become progressively more volatile.
Year of Living Dangerously
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