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Royal commission attack on industry super comes a cropper

The trade union royal commission has attacked industry super funds at the exact moment new evidence emerges of how strongly they outperform bank-run retail super, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Will the free market save the world?

The author of a new book on ethical investing thinks the market will sort out the complicated ethics of money. But freelance journalist James Rose has his doubts …

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 15 UNLOCK?

Iron ore inquiry is populism from a fair-weather free-market friend

What exactly would an iron ore inquiry achieve other than satisfy the populist cravings of a government that once cheered on the big miners? Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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Business bites: dollar bites … airlines take flight … Saudi might …

OPEC is sticking it to US shale-oil producers. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 15

Abbott presides over a lost year on infrastructure

Despite proclaiming himself the “infrastructure Prime Minister”, Tony Abbott has wasted 20 months as construction falls.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 4

Fair’s fair — another bad report for the public health lobby

A key nanny state lobby group’s own polling continues to undermine its own hysterical narrative on alcohol.

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Don’t be afraid of the vampire squid

How worried should we be about a credit rating downgrade? Not much, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 2

Stevens issues warning on misconduct

Even through phrased in polite central banker language, yesterday Glenn Stevens made clear to the big banks that the RBA doesn’t trust them as much as it used to, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Mayne: exploitation the new black as Slaters defends offer

Exploited small investors, a law firm who defends the little guy and a party who values property rights. What’s wrong with this picture?

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GLENN DYER | MARKETS | 2

Business bites: car-policy slash drives rise … Fortescue not so wise … Flash Cash Guy

Axing of salary-sacrifice tax policy leads to earnings rise, Fortescue reveals its desperation, plus other business tidbits of the day.

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Single Flash Boy flushed out of London — for real?

An overnight arrest reveals a farcical joust between a home trader and the entire financial system.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Coalition still playing catch-up on financial planning

While Labor’s Sam Dastyari runs “show trials” of the big banks, the Coalition is left ruing its failure to take control of the issue of financial planning scandals.

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Business bites: naughty NAB … Fortescue trims flab … bonds looking fab …

NAB in trouble in the UK. And other business tidbits of the day.

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What’s strategic and what’s not for foreign investment?

With the ruling out of a Glencore bid for Rio Tinto by the Treasurer, we have a clearer idea of what’s protected in Australia. But not clear enough, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Sydney real estate versus the economy? Not that simple …

When it comes to interest rates, it’s not as simple as saying Sydney house prices as stopping rate cuts, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Younger Australians embracing VPNs

Australians are embracing measures to protect themselves against online surveillance as government and corporations seek to strip their privacy away.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Super tax changes need to look beyond the fiscal

Fixing superannuation tax concessions will have implications right across our retirement income system — and we should use them to address emerging problems.

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Calls for TPP transparency likely to fall on DFAT ears

There’s a consensus among independent economic agencies that we are going about “free trade agreements” the wrong way, but the government is unlikely to listen as it prepares to cave in to US intellectual property demands.

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New TPP leak reveals how we’re trading our sovereignty for cheap tariffs

WikiLeaks has published the secret investment chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dr Matthew Rimmer, associate professor at ANU College of Law, explains its insidious implications.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | MARKETS |

Twiggy’s ‘cartel’ won’t turn Fortescue around — not for all the steel in China

A combination of inaccurate economic forecasting, a demand-side slump, and erratic behaviour from its chairman, Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, has left iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group in dire straits.

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Business bites: consumers won’t spend … iron ore descends … oil slump trend …

Despite an increase in their disposable income, US consumers aren’t spending. And other business tidbits of the day.

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If media laws change, history says sell, sell, sell

The golden rule of media ownership changes in Australia is that they usher in carnage for shareholders, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | MARKETS |

Fortescue’s future uncertain after Twiggy’s failed debt financing

Fortescue Metals Group’s share price is down again — and there is no relief in sight.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Hypocritical Labor punishes consumers on electricity

New South Wales Labor’s campaign against electricity privatisation is cynical and hypocritical, and punishes consumers with higher prices.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

On media ownership reform, keep an eye on the court jesters

There are more hurdles for media ownership reform than News Corporation’s focus on pay TV.

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