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How accountable are the big banks , part two ?

Patricia Babbage still gets emotional when she thinks about her horrific  experience at the hands of a financial planner employed with the Commonwealth  Bank. The 77-year-old mother-in-law of shadow treasurer Joe Hockey says the planner  Chris Baker put her life … Continue reading

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How accountable are the big banks ?

If you’ve come across something rotten in the organisation you work for and  are thinking of blowing the whistle to the corporate regulator, think twice. That would certainly be the advice of a group of whistleblowers at   Commonwealth Bank Read … Continue reading

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Dow hits all time high

Stocks rallied Tuesday, with the S&P 500 extending its recent rally to a fresh high and the Dow surpassing the 15,000 milestone, boosted by better-than-expected economic data from Germany and a gain in Japan. http://www.cnbc.com/id/100715566

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Life Expectancy

Stats NZ has the latest life expectancy data: Life expectancy at birth is 83.0 years for females and 79.3 years for males. http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/04/life_expectancy.html

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PH stocks hit new record high

MANILA, Philippines—Local stocks rallied to a new record high on Wednesday as investors bet on a favorable Philippine fourth-quarter economic report on Thursday. http://business.inquirer.net/105055/ph-stocks-hit-new-record-high-on-news-of-impressive-economic-growth

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Baby Boomers facing retirement ill prepared financially

Most Australian baby boomers are financially unprepared for retirement but still  don’t think they’ll have to make sacrifices in their winter years Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-funds/boomers-in-for-supersized-shock-20130122-2d43y.html#ixzz2IfG68Zen

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CASSH

There’s a new financial acronym at large and we’re in it: the CASSH economies – Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong. While we thrash about  domestically over the state of the nation, one of the world’s top asset managers  … Continue reading

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Italy is Unraveling

The markets are understandably riveted by the drama at the ECB, but more significant for the future may be the continued unraveling in Italy, the third largest economy in the Eurozone and next in line after Spain at the bailout … Continue reading

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Moody’s changes Euro Zone rating outlook to negative

Moody’s Investors Service has changed its outlook on the Aaa rating of the European Union to “negative,” warning it might downgrade the bloc if it decides to cut the ratings on the EU’s four biggest budget backers: Germany, France, the … Continue reading

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US Companies brace for Greek Euro exit

Even as Greece desperately tries to avoid defaulting on its debt, American companies are preparing for what was once unthinkable: that Greece could soon be forced to leave the euro zone. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/03/business/economy/us-companies-prepare-in-case-greece-exits-euro.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

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