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Telstra opens door to customer data

Telstra opens door to customer data

Only 3.9 per cent of Telstra customer records accessed by policing and spy bodies in 2014 were approved by a court order or warrant. According to the carrier’s annual transparency report, access was granted to 84,949 Telstra customer records with the bulk being carriage service records or “pre-warrant checks”.

Shares edge up, with low rates to stay

Shares edge up, with low rates to stay

Australia’s sharemarket has started the week with modest gains, with high dividend paying stocks leading the way up, amid expectations that interest rates will stay low for longer following a soft company reporting season.

Christopher Joye

Record housing investment boom accelerates

Christopher Joye | New data shows Australia’s immense investment-backed speculative housing boom, which is now as big as the last investment “bubble” in 2003, has continued at a ferocious pace over the past 3 months even in “seasonally-adjusted” terms.

Will shares in September break tradition?

September is historically no friend of investors, but experts are wondering if the first positive June quarter since 2009 could pave the way for a welcome break from tradition.

Australian small businesses jump on SMSF bandwagon

More Australian small business owners are opting to set up DIY super funds as a growing number seek to exert greater control over their investments and retirement future.

Australian businesses are making China work

The big China strategy was a central part of every results briefing, but things have changed with a strong recovery in the US and a focus on the hard grind of doing business.

Inventories rebound, profits down 6.9pc

Inventories rebounded in the June quarter by the most in almost two years, according to figures that suggest miners rebuilt stocks depleted after a record surge in shipments.

Bidding open for Melbourne’s Fed Square development

Bidding open for Melbourne’s Fed Square development

Developers have been invited to bid for a long-awaited urban renewal project in Melbourne’s CBD at Federation Square East.

Big banks stall on global tax evasion crackdown

Australian banks are stalling on a deal that will help expose tax evaders to global authorities, by requiring them to pass on information about their customers to the Australian Tax Office.

Piracy policy not good for Australia

Piracy policy not good for Australia

Melina Rohan | A proposal to deal with online piracy will have economy-wide implications.

Dads! Get in the spirit of things

Dads! Get in the spirit of things

Australia’s burgeoning spirits industry is surfing a wave of kudos and quality.

Make the most of your gadgets in-flight

Make the most of your gadgets in-flight

Peter Moon | You need to cover five bases to make best use of your newfound freedom.

Markets Summary

Change % Chg
S&P/ASX 200 5629.8 3.9 + 0.07%
Dow Jones 17098.45 18.88 + 0.11%
FTSE 100 6820.09 0.34 + 0.00%
SPI 200 SEP4 5605.000 - 4.000 - 0.10%
AUD/USD 0.9346 0.0013 + 0.14%

Markets Data »

Price % Chg
MSB MESOBLAST $ 5.280 + 4.97%
HVN HARVEY $ 3.680 + 3.66%
KAR KAROON $ 3.910 + 3.17%
VED VEDA GROUP $ 2.320 + 2.65%
FDC FED CNTRES $ 2.730 + 2.63%

Markets Data »

Price % Chg
BCI BCIRON $ 2.540 - 8.96%
SGN STW COMM $ 1.230 - 5.38%
SKI SPARK INFR $ 1.895 - 3.81%
MML MEDUSA $ 1.165 - 3.72%
RSG RESOLUTE $ 0.550 - 3.51%

Markets Data »

Street Talk

Mantra Group in ‘sweet spot’: Morgans

Morgans thinks Mantra Group’s fiscal 2015 guidance is too conservative and has increased its 12-month price target to $2.45, saying Mantra will rerate as it makes further acquisitions and delivers on its estimates.

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RBA eyes strong spring property market

With the housing market set to stay strong in spring, will the Reserve Bank intervene?

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National

Foreigners illegally buy trophy homes in Sydney and Melbourne

Foreigners illegally buy trophy homes in Sydney and Melbourne

Estate agents and property lawyers are willingly assisting foreign investors to illegally acquire prestige homes in Melbourne and Sydney, according to buyers’ agent David Morrell.

Opinion

Jennifer Hewett

Epic energy battle blowin’ in the wind

Jennifer Hewett

Dick Warburton always knew he was likely to end up as public enemy No. 1 in the renewable energy sector.

Alan Mitchell

China, its balance sheets, and us

Alan Mitchell

Like other successful emerging market economies, China is trying to steer away from the dangerous shoals of financial crisis.

Economies stuck at stall speed may yet relapse

Economies stuck at stall speed may yet relapse

Stephen Roach | Relapse is the rule in the post-crisis global economy. In the United States, Japan and Europe, gross domestic product growth faltered again in the first half of 2014.

Technology

Apple iPhone to become mobile wallet

Apple iPhone to become mobile wallet

Apple plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks and retailers, according a person familiar with the situation.

Personal finance

Reversionary pension could be the way

Reversionary pension could be the way

When a DIY super fund sets up a pension, one of choice is to make it a reversionary pension.

Lifestyle

Dom Bagnato’s Italian swagger

Dom Bagnato’s Italian swagger

The Australian menswear brand will take a leading role at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

Gently, Bentley: South Coast touring

Gently, Bentley: South Coast touring

Heaven is driving along in a sumptuous new Bentley — lush green hills against the blue ocean.

Enjoy chardonnay’s golden age

Enjoy chardonnay’s golden age

As a child of the seventies, Australian chardonnay has matured and changed — for the better.

36 hours in Lake Como

36 hours in Lake Como

If it’s good enough for George Clooney, it’s good enough for us: our guide to the gorgeous Italian town of Como.

Latest TV

Cor Cordis in court, PwC starry-eyed

Liquidator Cor Cordis is in court, while PwC looks to the stars.

Nine for sale and fighting Fairfax's Corbett

Nine Entertainment private equity holders can now sell, Fairfax chair's fighting words against News but courts Singleton's Macquarie Radio.

Big transactions lead the way with M&A

Big deals are leading current M&A, while private equity should be careful with cost cuts.

Relief for besieged Iraqi town

Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias enter the northern town of Amerli.