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July 2014

It clearly took some courage (and a lot of persuasion from powerful friends) to convince Ian Narev, the Chief executive of the Commonwealth Bank to respond to widespread demands and front the media with…

June 2014

The Senate inquiry in the actions of the Commonwealth Bank and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission has drawn a line in the sand, holding the banks and financial advisers to account for…

April 2014

The Coalition government is currently rehearsing a well-honed rhetoric on “everyone having to do the heavy lifting” to justify Treasurer Joe Hockey’s slash and burn budget on social services and pension…
It is tragic that New South Wales has lost an able and dedicated Premier apparently over a bottle of wine, even if it is a $3000 bottle of 1959 Penfolds Grange. Many will be sad to see Barry O’Farrell…

March 2014

Publicly listed companies will need to disclose exposure to economic, environmental and social sustainability risks for the…
Africa is the last frontier of a plundered planet, as argued by Oxford economist and Africa expert Paul Collier. When compared with almost all other regions of the world that have already been explored…

February 2014

An overwhelming proportion of investors want the introduction of a rating system to identify poorly governed companies, according…

January 2014

US President Barack Obama is preparing to move on inequality after several long years of frustrated reform, if we are to believe his State of the Union address. This year, according to Obama, is a “year…
Microsoft is hunting for a new CEO, and five months after Steve Ballmer agreed to retire, the search continues. There are some key reasons why potential CEOs being considered for the post may think twice…

October 2013

Next month BHP Billiton is set to oppose a bid for a position on its board by former coal executive and now environmental activist Ian Dunlop.
The era of passive shareholding where investors patiently waited for companies to offer dividends (or simply sold their shares and moved on) is gone forever. Shareholdings are no longer largely distributed…http://theconversation.com/shareholder-activism-the-virtuous-and-the-venal-19101

April 2013

The astonishing idealism and energy manifest in the advance of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has taken the higher education world by storm. Universities have been shaken to their foundations by the…

March 2013

Despite great aspirations and considerable effort towards attaining more women in leadership, progress over the last 10 years has at best been slow, as a recent report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics…

November 2012

Australian companies have the lowest percentage of women in top executive roles compared to other countries with equivalent…
Governments are forever immersed in the daily challenge of responding to what the former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan once knowingly described as “events.” It was he who coined the resounding…

September 2012

The dangers of massive high frequency trading are becoming increasingly clear in equity markets. Greg Medcraft, the chairman of corporate regulator ASIC, confirmed to a Federal parliamentary committee…

August 2012

Graphic pictures of South African police firing at striking black workers protesting for a living wage at the Lonmin platinum mine last week is a tragic reminder of Africa’s neo-colonial past, that never…

May 2012

The lingering commitment to austerity of leading Western politicians in the face of impending economic tragedy is beyond belief. The dismal science is a sobriquet often wrongly applied to economics, but…

November 2011

The rediscovery of inequality is one of the more startling realisations of the post-global financial crisis, post-globalisation world.

August 2011

Some facts about BHP Billiton. Its full year annual profit of $US23.6 billion ($A22.46 billion) is the largest ever for an Australian corporation and is double that of last year’s.

July 2011

As international outrage increases with each new revelation in the News International phone hacking scandal, serious questions are being raised about whether Rupert Murdoch’s empire can be considered a…

April 2011

Conflict of interests occur often in corporate life, where multiple interests intersect and where objectivity and professional detachment have been replaced by self-interest and concealment.
Conflict of interests occur often in corporate life, where multiple interests intersect and where objectivity and professional detachment have been replaced by self-interest and concealment.
ASX will find other opportunities.
"Investors, customers and employees want to be associated with companies scoring well on this index." said Professor Clarke.

December 2010

The financial service industry practice of paying young traders huge salaries could be psychologically damaging.

April 2010

On American investment bank, Goldman Sachs, and its problems.