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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 7 UNLOCK?

Why you should care about FoFA, even if you have no money to manage

The government’s Future of Financial Advice reforms are law (just about). But what do they actually mean? And if you don’t have a financial adviser, why should you care? Crikey’s business editor breaks it down.

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 27

Hunt pins hopes on uncompetitive clean coal technology

Analysis of cost forecasts for clean coal technology suggests it is uncompetitive compared to renewables.

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BEN SANDILANDS | COMPANIES | 45

MH17: why a commercial jet was flying over a war zone

The Russian separatists who shot down MH17 allegedly thought it was a military target — though it was easily distinguishable as a commercial plane.

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Can we have financial reform when banks are too big to regulate?

The demonstration of bank power on the FOFA repeal illustrates the challenge of effectively regulating a sector that is beginning to dominate the Australian economy, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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A gerrymander to make Sir Joh proud: how the Time Warner deal would cement the Murdoch clan

What happens next is difficult to predict as Time Warner offer dwarfs all other bids in Murdoch’s acquisition history.

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BEN SANDILANDS | COMPANIES | 10 UNLOCK?

Think plane seats are uncomfortable now? Just you wait …

If Airbus and Boeing have their way, the merely uncomfortable and irritating act of air travel is about to become downright torturous, with stand-up or “crotch crusher” “seats” mooted for planes.

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Murray tackles ‘too big to fail’, but are we increasing the risk of failure?

The Murray financial services inquiry recognises we have an issue with “too big to fail” banks — while noting we are increasing the chances of failure through our love affair with property. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Murray inquiry bad news for Coalition on super, financial planning

The Murray Financial Services Inquiry warns of the very problems the government is now making worse in financial planning and super — and departs from the holy writ of earlier financial inquiries.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 18

Palmer’s pointless red tape hands banks a big win on FOFA

On the day the financial services inquiry is flagging the high cost of vertically integrated wealth management, Clive Palmer looks set to help the government gut consumer protections.

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COMPANIES | 5

Prohibitive ASIC fees the enemy of corporate transparency

The government charges exorbitant fees for members of the public to access information about companies and their directors. Jeffrey Knapp, a lecturer in accounting at UNSW, says the result is not nearly enough scrutiny on our corporate citizens.

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 4

Fallout from CBA scandal only just beginning

Banks should be quaking in their boots, if the response to the CBA scandal is anything to go by.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 13

Cormann lashes out but the FOFA pain may just be beginning

While the government rails at the industry superannuation sector, Labor is contemplating a second-best option when it comes to the Commonwealth Bank financial planning scandal.

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COMPANIES | 1

The plot thickens surrounding Tinkler’s mysterious buyers

Cibola Capital, a so-called UAE private investment group, has supposedly bought Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm. But freelance writer Kiwa Fisher finds that if you scratch the surface, the tale — and the sale — might not hold up to much scrutiny.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 20

Regulation by mateship — Ian and Mathias show the way in financial planning

We’re headed for an era of mateship-based regulation in financial planning, in which the big banks will get away with as much as they can until governments decide it’s politically unpalatable.

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MARCUS PADLEY | COMPANIES |

Morning Market Report

A strong start to the financial year across all markets.

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COMPANIES | 7

Who’s who on the Rich List?

Fairfax’s annual Rich List came out last week, but who’s on it? Where did they make their money? And is there any threat to Gina’s crown? Infographic specialist Jake Stevens breaks it down.

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MARCUS PADLEY | COMPANIES |

Morning Market Report

A strong start to the financial year on local and international markets.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 6

Age of entitlement lingers in one industry

The Australian aluminium smelting industry is dying, and the reasons have nothing to do with the Renewable Energy Target.

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PADDY MANNING | COMPANIES | 2

Solomon Lew’s clever — and technically legal — play for DJs true to form

Solomon Lew is no stranger to the revenge business — and he usually ends up getting what he wants.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 10

CommBank prepares desperate campaign to restore credibility

Desperate to salvage its financial planning reputation, the Commonwealth Bank is preparing a major campaign targeting victims of its financial planning arm.

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ADAM SCHWAB | COMPANIES | 25

Footy fail: the AFL has lost its way

The AFL is dedicated to making a profit and pleasing broadcasters, with footy club members taken for granted. It’s a pity the AFL is not run more like US sports teams.

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BERNARD KEANE | COMPANIES | 4

It’s not just the CBA: the bigger picture of ASIC’s aversion to regulation

The problems in ASIC’s regulation of financial services aren’t confined to the Commonwealth Bank, and they’re continuing right now.

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MARCUS PADLEY | COMPANIES |

Morning Market Report

A steady day on the markets on the last day of the financial year.

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STILGHERRIAN | COMPANIES | 19

Facebook manipulation yet more evidence of Silicon Valley’s contempt

The well-educated white men of Silicon Valley have no regard for you as a person. You are a set of data, and they can do what they please with it. Cue Facebook messing with your mind.

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COMPANIES | 19

An aged-care debacle quietly looms

Watch out — poorly understood reforms to aged care are about to commence, and this anonymous aged-care worker warns it will end in disaster.

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