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Aspen fund risks fire sale

PERTH-BASED property investor Aspen Group has warned it will be forced to dispose of properties in one of its unlisted funds at fire sale prices should an attempt to raise money from the already embattled unit-holders fail.

Budge calls for greater protection

COMPANY directors will remember the economic downturn as a time of trepidation - and it has nothing to do with falling share prices.

Air-con sector strife

ALMOST six months after 150 workers lost their jobs following the closure of Carrier Air Conditioning's Redcliff factory, the company is overhauling its ownership structure.

Gt Southern auction saga

THE bidding started at $17 million at 2pm on Tuesday in Darwin, with three interested parties.

Perth Energy gas push

PERTH Energy is seeking a trading licence to compete against industry heavyweight Alinta for the supply of gas to the state's residential market.

Industry aiming to shed baggage of the 1980s

The name Laurie Potter still casts a shadow over the fitness industry, more than two decades after the chain of health clubs collapsed.

Gyms wait on copyright decision

IT requires plenty of upfront capital, has high ongoing costs and, if it fails, the owner is almost certain to be forced into exile in a bid to escape out-of-pocket members.

Carving out a fitness niche

IN 1975, Swedish-born Hakan Friberg opened his Perth fitness equipment store one month after Laurie Potter opened his Hay Street health club.

Caution urged on Great Southern

AUSTRALIA'S largest financial planning network, Professional Investment Services, has urged clients who invested almost $300 million in Great Southern schemes to avoid taking immediate legal action against the failed agribusiness provider.

Navitas targets US market share

THREE years ago, many experts believed Navitas head Rod Jones was lazy - but it had nothing to do with his work ethic.

Sector wary of attacks

WESTERN Australia's $840 million international education sector could be under threat as tensions escalate following a series of attacks against Indian students on the east coast.

Ausdrill adopts the Buckeridge plan

ONE year after fighting off a hostile takeover attempt, Ausdrill managing director Ron Sayers has declared the business he founded more than 20 years ago to be takeover-proof, and the likely instigator, not prey, of future acquisitions.

CDO losses a windfall for litigators

ONE by one they fall.he council investment saga started almost two years ago with the realisation that one of their popular investments, a Lehman Brothers-arranged investment branded Federation, was exposed to the American sub-prime mortgage market, and l

Outsourcing to overcome the downturn

SMEs can outsource just about anything, as the specialist sub-contracting market develops.

Oakvale deals under scrutiny as investments fall over

Opaque investments recommended by a Perth advisory firm are unravelling, leaving clients with multi-million dollar losses.

Investors not ready to brave the market

IT is the time of year when the agribusiness marketing campaigns run hot, margin lenders boost their advertising spend and an array of exotic investment product spruikers start selling.

Planning price overhaul

THE retirement plans of some financial advisers are under threat as the potential sale price of commission-reliant practices falls.

SBA comfortable playing the middleman

Specialised Broking Associates has topped a competitive field in this year’s Rising Stars Awards.

HFC gets back to business

THERE are all manner of adjectives used to describe the events surrounding the birth of a child; for fertility clinics, the word 'profitable' is one of them.

Netlink booming after near bust

INFORMATION technology company Netlink Group shouldn't exist.

Market shows no mercy as fortunes fade

More than 40 directors have dropped off the WA Business News rich list during the past 12 months.

Good management key: Buffett

THE world's second richest man, Warren Buffett, told shareholders early this month that good, skilful management was a key attribute he looked for in a potential investment.

Rational or emotional – it’s time to vote

The daylight saving vote will divide the state for a fourth time this Saturday, proving people take time seriously.

ANZ leads Riley Shelley queue

SMALL creditors of failed painting and services business Riley Shelley, co-owned by Perth businessman Ian Riley, are unlikely to retrieve their money after it was revealed that major bank ANZ would be paid first.

$4m sought to target international students

AN industry body responsible for the promotion of Western Australia's $840 million international education sector is expected to secure ongoing funding from the state government this week.

Riley sale leaves creditors out of pocket

WHEN national facilities manager Spotless Group announced last week it had acquired the assets and naming rights of Riley Shelley - a painting and services business co-owned by Perth businessman Ian Riley - the market was not told the remains of the compa

Debt-free Paladio outshines rivals

A debt-free Belmont-based Paladio Group has outshone its rivals in the listed mining contractor sector by avoiding the use of leverage.

Local miners lured to Malawi

WA miners are being attracted to Malawi thanks to its pro-development and mining government.

PROFILE : ANDREW BOLT- Perth Concert Hall GM

Perth Concert Hall GM Andrew Bolt knows attention to detail is key.

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Riley sale leaves creditors out of pocket

WHEN national facilities manager Spotless Group announced last week it had acquired the assets and naming rights of Riley Shelley - a painting and services business co-owned by Perth businessman Ian Riley - the market was not told the remains of the compa

Debt-free Paladio outshines rivals

A debt-free Belmont-based Paladio Group has outshone its rivals in the listed mining contractor sector by avoiding the use of leverage.

Local miners lured to Malawi

WA miners are being attracted to Malawi thanks to its pro-development and mining government.

PROFILE : ANDREW BOLT- Perth Concert Hall GM

Perth Concert Hall GM Andrew Bolt knows attention to detail is key.