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Aussie RMBS springs back to life | News | IFRAsia

Structured Finance: Senior unsecured market boosted by relative pricing shift   
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Chris Joye on why house prices are set for a fall

Chris Joye on why house prices are set for a fall | B & F Services | Scoop.it
By Christopher Joye, cross-posted with permission from The AFR: I welcome perma-bear Steve Keen’s commentary on my recent analysis of the asset-class, and his apparent comfort with my conclusions. It is, however, worthwhile clearing-up some misunderstandings as to how I arrived at them. It is doubtless frustrating for folks like Dr Keen, who claimed that Australian house prices would slump 40 per cent in nominal terms in 2008, to see that they are actually 22 per cent above their pre-global financial crisis peak today. Let me put that stark contrast another way. In March 2008 the national median dwelling price across all regions was $367,500. Dr Keen evidently believed it would fall to $220,500. The median dwelling price of $450,000 today is thus more than double his predicted outcome. On any benchmark, that is a massive miss. As is well known, I vocally maintained during the GFC that any house price falls would likely be modest, which proved to be the case, [...]
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Turning Australia Into a Start-Up Nation | Minister for Communications

Turning Australia Into a Start-Up Nation | Minister for Communications | B & F Services | Scoop.it
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Are we there yet?

Are we there yet? | B & F Services | Scoop.it
Half-year reporting season is just around the corner, and at Montgomery, we have the tendency to get a little bit excited about it.
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Watchdogs asleep on cosy super cash deal

Watchdogs asleep on cosy super cash deal | B & F Services | Scoop.it
Regulators are sidestepping concerns the big four banks could be short-changing investors on the cash in their respective superannuation accounts.
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Mobile Is The Future Of Payments -- Here's How Much Runway There Is For Growth

Mobile Is The Future Of Payments  --  Here's How Much Runway There Is For Growth | B & F Services | Scoop.it
It’s no longer a question of when and how mobile will emerge as a payments platform.
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Five technology trends small business should adopt in 2014

Five technology trends small business should adopt in 2014 | B & F Services | Scoop.it
With technology always and rapidly evolving, it can be tough for small businesses to keep up.

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Australia's First Guardian to launch Islamic pension in January

Australia's First Guardian to launch Islamic pension in January | B & F Services | Scoop.it
Melbourne-based First Guardian plans to launch an Islamic pension fund in January, collaborating with some of Australia's most well-known Muslim organisations to tap the country's $1.5 trillion pri...
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Do you really know bitcoin ? Here are 11 myths - HITC Business

Do you really know bitcoin ? Here are 11 myths - HITC Business | B & F Services | Scoop.it
While there were plenty of other big surprises in 2013, no business story likely was more unique than bitcoin, the online simulated currency that threatened to shake up the global monetary system.
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Everyone Who Believes In Bitcoin Should Try To Answer This Question

Everyone Who Believes In Bitcoin Should Try To Answer This Question | B & F Services | Scoop.it
Economist Brad DeLong poses a great question about Bitcoin:
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Signatures to be abolished -

Signatures to be abolished - | B & F Services | Scoop.it
Signatures on credit cards to be abolished from July next year.
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Horrors continue for insurance giant QBE

Horrors continue for insurance giant QBE | B & F Services | Scoop.it
It was a horror week for QBE, with another earnings downgrade and a chairman going.
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QBE's scramble to claw back credibility

QBE's scramble to claw back credibility | B & F Services | Scoop.it
There is an old management joke that when a new chief executive takes a job, the predecessor hands over three envelopes to open when things go pear shaped.
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RP Data defends negative gearing

RP Data defends negative gearing | B & F Services | Scoop.it
By Leith van Onselen Another day, another spurious defence of negative gearing has arisen, this time by RP Data's Cameron Kusher (via its weekly Property Pulse): “Negative gearing continues to be a contentious issue and feature of the tax system which is unique to Australia. “Another point worth noting is that the data in the 2011 Census shows that the Government only owns and rents out around 4.1 per cent of total housing stock; conversely dwelling approvals data shows that a very small proportion of new housing approvals are granted to the public sector. "Looking at these two individual results, it would suggest that the Government has little interest in building or managing rental accommodation.  This suggests that negative gearing is in place to encourage developers to build new rental accommodation and private individuals to act as landlord for those who aren’t in a position to own their own home. “While it would make sense to apply negative [...]
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Westpac's 'no-brainer' brings financial advice debate to mind

Westpac's 'no-brainer' brings financial advice debate to mind | B & F Services | Scoop.it
Raymond Tatnell's financial adviser told him the investment was 'a no-brainer'. He was right.
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Australian Securities and Investments Commission investigating mortgage broker fraud

Australian Securities and Investments Commission investigating mortgage broker fraud | B & F Services | Scoop.it
BORROWERS have been warned about a disturbing rise in fraud by mortgage brokers who are pushing up incomes and falsifying other information on the promise that it will help clients secure a dream home otherwise out of reach.
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Too Central to Fail: Australian banks and the superannuation system | UNSW CLMR

Too Central to Fail: Australian banks and the superannuation system | UNSW CLMR | B & F Services | Scoop.it
Australian banks and the superannuation system: http://t.co/Vw9zk2eipw
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Finextra: E-commerce, mobile and contactless driving growth at Visa Europe

Finextra: E-commerce, mobile and contactless driving growth at Visa Europe | B & F Services | Scoop.it
Visa Europe says contactless payments uptake is exceeding expectations, with the chip card technology now available in twice as many countries as this time last year, while transactions have nearly tripled and terminals almost doubled.
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News News: Aged care an increasing concern

News News: Aged care an increasing concern | B & F Services | Scoop.it
With an ageing population and aged care reforms slated to come into force in July, it is the ideal time for adviser - Wealth Professional Magazine
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Westpac China head: why it’s time to head to Shanghai

Westpac China head: why it’s time to head to Shanghai | B & F Services | Scoop.it
Westpac Banking Corp’s top man in China believes Australian companies should consider opening up shop in Shanghai’s new free trade zone as a way to access investors from the world’s most populous country.
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The 6 Basic Building Blocks Of The Things In The 'Internet Of Things'

The 6 Basic Building Blocks Of The Things In The 'Internet Of Things' | B & F Services | Scoop.it
The Internet Of Things will make many of the familiar devices and objects in our lives — from door locks to toll booths to refrigerators — suddenly Internet-connected, smartphone-accessible, and responsive.
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Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy | McKinsey & Company

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy | McKinsey & Company | B & F Services | Scoop.it
Twelve emerging technologies—including the mobile Internet, autonomous vehicles, and advanced genomics—have the potential to truly reshape the world in which we live and work.
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SMSF News: Solid SMSF asset growth

SMSF News: Solid SMSF asset growth | B & F Services | Scoop.it
New APRA figures show the SMSF sector experiencing solid asset growth, up to $531.5 billion at the end of September - Wealth Professional Magazine
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Regional lenders call for financial inquiry to tackle big bank dominance

Regional lenders call for financial inquiry to tackle big bank dominance | B & F Services | Scoop.it
Smaller banks say probe presents a rare chance to level the playing field.
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​Non-bank lenders lead growth, 'implicit' support of majors questioned

​Non-bank lenders lead growth, 'implicit' support of majors questioned | B & F Services | Scoop.it
Non-bank lenders have more than doubled the growth rate of banks, but industry bodies say competition between the big four is not strong enough.
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