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. 

US economy to drive rates

THE timing and strength of the US economic recovery is shaping up as the key driver of Australian interest rates over the coming 12 months.

Rebound tipped for listed IT companies

A REBOUND in ASX-listed IT companies has been forecast by Commonwealth Research, after two years of big losses.

Learning the lessons of a turbulent year

WITH the dust having settled on 2001, some salient lessons have emerged for investors.For most people, 2001 will be remembered as a time of political and commercial up-heaval.

Discount card risk for super funds

SELF-MANAGED superannuation funds have recently received a timely reminder about the hoops they must jump through to satisfy the regulators.

New ways of gearing

GEARING is widely accepted as a sound strategy for investors who want to increase their market exposure.In simple terms, it means borrowing money in order to buy income-producing assets, typically shares or property.

Redundancy a real test

THE recent spate of corporate collapses and the wave of corporate downsizing now under way are forcing many people to suddenly confront their retirement prospects.

Short selling provides the returns

LAST week’s article discussed hedge funds and some of the innovative investment strategies they employ to achieve their goals.Both...

Hedge funds make the move to mainstream

HEDGE funds, once the pre-serve of wealthy individuals and institutions, are now readily available to Australian retail investors.

Small cap stock have high potential

MOST share market analysis focuses on Australia’s large companies and, as a result, neglects the numerous smaller companies listed on the ASX.To some extent this is understandable.

Borrowers don’t always conform to expectations

WHILE most people have an abundance of housing loan options, many individuals do not fit the standard criteria of mainstream lenders.

Start planning for your retirement

HOW much money will I need in retirement? This is one of the key questions people should ask as they save for a comfortable retirement, but also one of the hardest to answer.

AXA adds advisory group

MONITOR Money has become the fourth Australian financial advisory network owned by AXA Asia Pacific.AXA announced last week the purchase of Monitor Money and a leading New Zealand advisory group, Spicers, for $201 million.

Retirement plans fail to come to fruition

A NEW survey has found that most Australians are failing to save enough to achieve their own financial goals in retirement.

New super rules floated

A GOVERNMENT discussion paper has floated major changes to rules governing superannuation funds, while at the same time acknowledging that potential problems are focused on a small sub-set of funds.

New ways to manage your super

INVESTORS with a self-managed super fund have been presented with some new alternatives that aim to retain the benefits of a do-it-yourself approach but without the hassles.

Portfolio services wrap

THE rapid growth of master funds has been one of the defining trends in financial services during the past decade.Wrap accounts, which provide essentially the same service, also have attracted keen support in recent years.

Filling the gaps in super coverage

ONLY about one quarter of Australians with superannuation are making personal contributions, a new survey has found.

Positive outlook for online share traders

ONLINE share traders are an optimistic bunch, judging by the results of the inaugural Sanford Trading Activity Report.

Costs take toll – study

ONE of the frustrating aspects of superannuation is the difficulty we have working out the impact of the various fees and charges.

Poor liquidity sank super fund

THE collapse of the Corrections Corporation Staff Superannuation Fund (CCA) stemmed mainly from the forced sale of one major asset, a new report has found.

Salary packaging still popular despite FBT

THE practice of salary packaging has continued to be surprisingly popular, despite the introduction of the fringe benefits tax in the mid 1980s.The FBT has greatly reduced the scope for packaging but has certainly not ended the practice.

Circumstances differ for all

WHILE packaging can be advantageous, it is not always the best option, even for high-income earners.

netwealth banking on managed funds growth

IN the current financial climate the launch of a new online investment and share trading service seems an unlikely proposition.

Navigator asserts its position

THE overall winner of this year’s ASSIRT Service Level survey was the Navigator master fund.

Avoiding common mistakes with wills

DO you have a will? If so, is it up to date? While many people will answer ‘yes’ to the first question, most of these will reply in the negative to the second.

THERE are broadly three options for preparing a will.

The cheapest option is to prepare the will yourself. Do-it-yourself kits with instructions and sample wills can be bought from newsagents or via web sites like for between $25 and $40.

Nothing mysterious about managed funds

MANAGED funds, also known as unit trusts, are one of the most significant elements of Australia’s investment landscape.

Investors chase past returns

THE most popular category of unit trusts last financial year was international share funds, according to the latest ASSIRT Market Share Report.

New ratings agency

INVESTORS wanting to assess the growing range of ethical investment funds now have the assistance of a specialist ratings agency.

Ethical screening policies

THERE are three main types of ethical screen that investment managers can apply.

New spin on popular investment option

CASH management trusts have long been a popular option for savers and investors, but a new variant of the traditional product is attracting increased support.



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.

Cooper & Oxley on the brink

Cooper & Oxley Builders, which is one of the 10 largest construction companies in Perth, has suspended work on its projects while it reviews its financial viability.

JCY goes into liquidation

Major Perth architecture practice JCY has been placed into liquidation after being hit by the slowdown in work volumes, pricing pressures and losses on the Perth Children’s Hospital.

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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.

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.

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.