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Chief economist update: Good US employment news is not so good
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 10 AUG 2020
There's good news and bad news in the US labour market report for July. First, the good news: The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that total non-farm payrolls rose by 1.8 million in July - more than market expectations for an increase ...
Former Aberdeen duo back with Sydney boutique
KANIKA SOOD  |  FRIDAY, 7 AUG 2020
Aberdeen Standard Investment's former head of Australian fixed income and global head of restructuring have kicked off a new consulting and advisory business. Nicholas Bishop and Stephen Fang worked at Aberdeen together for about a decade. The duo ...
BGH Capital closes in on theme park deal
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  FRIDAY, 7 AUG 2020
Private equity firm BGH Capital has entered into an implementation agreement with Village Roadshow to acquire control by two terms of arrangement at up to $2.45 per share. Under Structure A, shareholders will be entitled to $2.20 a share, plus an additional ...
Chief executives cop pay cuts
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  FRIDAY, 7 AUG 2020
Australia's top ranking bosses have endured pay cuts as boards have reined in bonuses ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic according to the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI). ACSI's CEO Pay in ASX200 Companies research shows that ...
Chief economist update: Escape from Victoria
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 7 AUG 2020
... coronavirus pandemic, which was originally estimated at A$130 billion. The government (and the RBA) could only do so much, the rest is up to us, Australian all, to do the right thing in terms of preventing/slowing contagion among persons, communities ...
Dealmakers hold off investing in Australia
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  THURSDAY, 6 AUG 2020
... also take heart from the 70% of respondents who expect they will re-engage in 2021," he said. In regards to activity for the rest of the year, 90% of respondents believe M&A will occur in the technology, media and telecommunications space, followed by ...
Chief economist update: The V in recovery
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 6 AUG 2020
Were it not for the "second wave" now doing the rounds in a number of cities around the world, the letter "V" would now be standing for "victory" against the war on COVID-19. The gradual easing of restrictions has unfrozen social and business activity ...
BetaShares rejigs oil ETF...again
KANIKA SOOD  |  WEDNESDAY, 5 AUG 2020
BetaShares' ETF that tracks crude oil futures is once again changing the length of contracts it tracks and is taking extra measures to automatically convert the ETF to all cash if oil futures drop significantly again. The BetaShares Crude Oil Index ...
Bain Capital begins restructure reckoning
ALLY SELBY  |  WEDNESDAY, 5 AUG 2020
Virgin will cut 3000 jobs, discontinue budget airline Tigerair, suspend long-haul international flights and simplify its fleet, as Bain Capital begins to restructure its new aviation group. The restructure reckoning focuses on six key areas; overhauling ...
Partners Group hires from GSFM
KANIKA SOOD  |  TUESDAY, 4 AUG 2020
The global private markets fund manager has hired multi-boutique GSFM's head of research and key accounts. Shaun Thomas joined Partners Group last week, as a client relationship manager. He reports to Partners Group's local head of retail Jonathan ...
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