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Articles by Adam Schwab

The best Australian dot.com investments ever made

Think the dot.com boom only happened in Silicon Valley? Think again — some Aussies made a lot of money backing internet companies. We take a look at some of the success stories.

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An Iconic loss: $45m down, online retailer spirals out of control

The Iconic is still being hailed as a revolutionary online retailer success story. But its books are in a bad way, with estimates of a $45 million hole the company may not get out of.

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How the mighty are falling: the cases of iSelect and Centro

Health insurance comparison website iSelect is not exactly “shooting out the lights” in its IPO. And two of the key players in the Centro disaster are teaming up again.

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AFL’s expansion plans get the wooden spoon

The AFL should never have created the Gold Coast Suns and Greater Western Sydney Giants. They are a noose around the neck of the other 16 clubs. What was the code thinking?

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As Craig Gore enjoys the river views, ASIC is circling

Regulators are circling twice-bankrupt Gold Coast business tycoon Craig Gore ahead of a Federal Court case later this year. But he’s still living in luxury in a $1300-per-week river-side rental.

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iHype: don’t believe what you read on comparison site float

iSelect has dominated the Australian market and is a tasty prospect for stockmarket players. But don’t believe all of the hype you’re reading in the nation’s financial daily.

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Prime payouts become intriguing courtroom drama

The corporate watchdog is putting two directors of collapsed retirement fund Prime — Bill Lewski and Michael Wooldridge — into the dock. Their answers on the dramatic downfall are intriguing.

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The rise and fall of UGL’s $26m man Richard Leupen

Engineering and mining contractor UGL has slashed its profit forecasts by 40% this week. But chief executive Richard Leupen remains in the chair long after his contract expired.

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What are the odds on Tom Waterhouse going the distance?

Tom Waterhouse is everywhere, but will his business go the distance? The ubiquitous online bookmaker has a high-risk business strategy mirroring the dot-com legacy.

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While you were sleeping, execs hoard shares for themselves

A new report shows just how talented Australian executives are at buying back shares, mostly to benefit senior executives. And the poor old shareholder might know very little about it.

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Judge lifts Tinkler’s gag on Fairfax

More details of Nathan Tinkler’s troubled financial situation are set to be made public, after the lifting of a super-injunction against Fairfax.

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Is Nathan Tinkler broke? That would be the positive spin

No one seems especially cut up by Nathan Tinkler’s recent rapidly declining fortunes. Tinkler, once the richest Australian under 40, says he has some $700 million in assets. But does he?

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Insurer QBE rights the ship, rues ex-CEO O’Halloran

Frank O’Halloran, the former emperor of QBE, destroyed the insurer’s balance sheet and left a big potential landmine behind in QBE LMI. For his trouble he was paid more than $58 million.

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Kloppers ‘really screwed up’, but still gets $85m for BHP stint

Departing BHP boss Marius Kloppers is leaving the mining company in far worse shape than he found it — and being paid handsomely for it. Even Rich Lister Ivan Glasenberg took a swipe today.

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Get Fact: is it really ‘cheaper to buy than rent’?

It’s cheaper to buy a house than rent one, according to a story in The Australian Financial Review. We apply the Crikey Get Fact test to that rather bold statement.

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High-flying investor Oliver Curtis could land with a thud

Oliver Curtis — a former Bachelor of the Year who settled down with a high-flying Sydney PR queen — has now been charged with conspiring on insider trading. It could be a heavy fall from the social set.

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Glowing Coe obits whitewash his shady business record

From all reports David Coe was a generous man, loved by friends and family, who died too young. But that doesn’t change the fact he presided (and personally benefited) from a massive corporate collapse.

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He went to Rio, and lost $35b: Albanese’s destructive path

The media let Tom Albanese off the hook too easily. The ousted Rio Tinto boss will go down as one of the most value-destroying executives in global corporate history.

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Lobbyist bluster can’t hide struggling property market

The performance of property has confounded most optimists who have long claimed that property prices would be cushioned by interest rate drops.

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One set of rules for the powerful, another for coal activists

The coal hoaxer has stung ASIC out of its timidity and lethargy. It seems there’s one set of rules for the wealthy and powerful, and another for coal activists living in a forest.

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Poor retail a local experience, as global magnates get bigger

While Australian retailers struggle with technology, the poor performance appears to be a local problem, rather than a retail problem, as some of the world’s biggest retailers provided in 2012.

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How the internet killed GDP as a reliable economic barometer

The shift from newspapers and physical retailers to the internet has dragged down GDP — but that isn’t a bad thing in itself. It’s the economic measure that may now be wrong.

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The good and the greedy from business in ’12

There were the executives who won big and the shareholders who lost out — and none of them did it quietly. Our business commentator hands out his annual awards for 2012 …

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Usual suspects top the exec pay list, not that they deserve it

The best performing CEOs, with the toughest jobs in super competitive sectors are able to create real earnings growth. It’s the “name brand” executives who tend to deliver the worst performance and get the most pay.

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Retailers’ frenzy shows they still don’t get it

The Click Frenzy online retailing spruik wouldn’t have impressed customers. And yet traditional retailers actually have all the cards when it comes to online shopping.

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