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Company profits surge to record highs as worker wages go backwards

27 February 2017 | The Age

Company profits have surged to record highs at the same time wages suffered their sharpest decline in eight years, new figures show, as the Turnbull government prepares to argue the case on Tuesday for a $50 billion company tax cut.

Many of us don't even know we have life insurance. Often it's worthless

27 February 2017 | SMH

We've all seen the TV ads: "What would happen to your loved ones if you were to suddenly die?"

Playing on people's fear of death or permanent disability seems, on the surface, like one of the lowest things you could do.

Oil sector woes sharpens focus on Shell's Woodside stake

27 February 2017 | AFR

A disproportionate sell-down in oil stocks on Monday had fund managers questioning whether Royal Dutch Shell was gearing up for a $3.6 billion exit from Woodside Petroleum.

Perpetual lifted by rising equity markets

22 February 2017 | AFR

The rise in equity markets has helped Perpetual deliver a 2 per cent increase in first-half net profit but the funds manager has not been able to snap its streak of underperformance against the market.

Ardent Leisure profit more than halves on Dreamworld accident costs

22 February 2017 | AFR

The first-half profit of Dreamworld owner Ardent Leisure more than halved after a fatal accident that killed four people last October and closed the attraction for over a month.


BHP investors weigh Trump factor on US shale gas

22 February 2017 | AFR

BHP Billiton is "likely" to soon increase rig numbers and grow production in its controversial US onshore petroleum division, but big shareholders are keen to better understand how US President Donald Trump's energy policy might affect the business.

Wall Street slides after Fed minutes, ASX futures lower

22 February 2017 | AFR

An interest rate hike in the United States is likely to be "fairly soon" in a bid to avoid an overheating economy, according to the Federal Reserve minutes released early on Thursday morning, ahead of a big earnings day on the ASX. 

RBA's Philip Lowe warns of 'sobering combination' of high debt, weak wages

21 February 2017 | AFR

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe has denied the threat of a long undershoot of his 2-3 per cent inflation target but conceded that record-levels of household debt will complicate the task of normalising official interest rates.


Companies must now earn the ATO's trust

21 February 2017 | AFR

Directors will come under fresh scrutiny by the Australian Tax Office as the revenue authority seeks to build "justified trust" with the nation's top 1000 companies.

The move will change how the ATO approaches its tax review obligations with the level of enforcement determined by where a company sits in terms of its tax and risk control systems.

Fair Work Commission ready to hand down decision on weekend penalty rates

21 February 2017 | AFR

The Fair Work Commission's long-awaited decision on whether to cut weekend penalty rates in retail, hospitality and fast-food industries will be handed down on Thursday morning.


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