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Mark Beyer

As editor, Mark oversees the day-to-day online news at Business News. His particular brief is following major deals, the professions and private/family businesses. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra. He has worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. 

Doogue decides to go HOME

JAMES Doogue, one of the stalwarts of Perth’s financial planning community, is winding down his involvement in the industry.

Cautious investors returning to property

SHARES versus property? It is a perennial topic of debate among Australian investors.

Budget tax break for LICs

THIS year’s Federal Budget had good news for more than 100,000 investors in Listed Investment Companies (LICs).

Reserve chief issues super funds warning

RESERVE Bank governor Ian Macfarlane has issued a warning about the regulation of 10,000 small and medium sized superannuation funds supervised by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.

Tax planning a year-round task

JUDGING by the media coverage and public debate during the past year, the only tax change anybody seems to worry about is the introduction of the GST.

Agribusiness sector stacks up

RECENT controversy over tax-driven investment schemes has left many investors wondering if they should put money into this sector.

The risk versus return trade-off

LAST week this column provided a broad introduction to the warrants market. This week, we discuss a number of trading and investment opportunities using warrants.

Ten years on, market warrants another look

AUSTRALIA’S warrants market celebrates its 10th birthday this year, in good health and once again growing rapidly after the setback of 1999 and 2000.

Going global

A NEW investment product from Societe Generale illustrates the diversity of the warrants market.SG CaPELS are promoted as the first stock market investment guaranteed not to lose principal.

Ethical trusts from Rothschild

ROTHSCHILD Australia Asset Management has become the latest fund manager to enter the fast growing ethical investment field.

Do the risks justify the rewards?

RISK-return trade-off is a phrase widely used in the investment industry. But what does it mean in practice? How does the average investor decide if their portfolio is generating suitable returns to justify the risk?

Deutsche changes its spots

DEUTSCHE Financial Planning’s Perth office has officially adopted its new Godfrey Pembroke trading name.

International shares: are they a good bet?

INTERNATIONAL shares have provided outstanding returns for Australian investors over the past decade but recent events have prompted some advisers to become much more cautious.

Funds shuffle staff

THE recent staff shuffle at BT Funds Management and AMP Henderson Global Investors has posed the question: How important are individuals to the performance of a fund manager?

Self-managed super stays popular

SETTING up a self-managed superannuation fund is a popular option for investors.More than 214,000 small funds have been set up in Australia, with about 420,000 members.

Patience pays off

WITH the sharemarket performing poorly over the past year, many investors will be tempted to sell shares.If they are in the red, they may be tempted to cut their losses.

Ethical investment takes off

WHEN most people think of ethical investments, companies like Energy Developments and Pacific Hydro, which make “green” energy, usually spring to mind.

Hybrids market grows rapidly

FROM a standing start less than two years ago, hybrid securities have become a highly popular investment product.

New option for ‘top 100’ investors

MANY investors seeking the safe haven of blue chip stocks have experienced a rocky ride over recent months.

New office for planners

FINANCIAL planning group RetireInvest has opened a new city office and plans to follow up with 10 new franchisees around the State.

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Shortlist to run Rio facilities

Sodexo has been shortlisted with two other companies to manage all of Rio Tinto’s camps and other facilities in the Pilbara, in the same week it has been awarded a contract to run Shell’s Prelude Floating LNG facility.

TPG to end ‘country club’ culture

The final step in TPG Telecom’s takeover of iiNet is due to happen today, when iiNet shareholders will be paid $9.55 per share, however, staff and customers face an uncertain future.

Civmec gets nod for $196m project

A joint venture comprising Henderson-based contractor Civmec and international engineering firm Black & Veatch has been selected as preferred proponent for a $196 million wastewater project south of Perth.

Chinese group buys Kailis Bros

The Kailis family has folded its Kailis Bros seafood business into a larger, newly-capitalised venture called KB Foods that will be 90 per cent owned by Hong Kong-listed conglomerate Legend Holdings. Click through to see the multiple WA businesses owned by members of the Kailis family in WA. 

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TPG to end ‘country club’ culture

The final step in TPG Telecom’s takeover of iiNet is due to happen today, when iiNet shareholders will be paid $9.55 per share, however, staff and customers face an uncertain future.

Canberra is "really hopeless": Walsh

WA industry leaders Richard Goyder, Sam Walsh and Andrew Forrest lined up today to criticise deputy prime minister Julia Gillard and the federal government's tax and economic policies.

Perth tech pioneer passes away

Conrad Crisafulli, who was one of the pioneers of venture capital investing and technology commercialisation in Western Australia, has died after a long illness.

Woodside to spend $400m on Fifo camp

Woodside Petroleum is hoping to win state government backing for a new 700-bed fly-in, fly-out camp at Karratha, after selecting a consortium led by Multiplex and Compass Group to build, own and operate the facility.