IOOF leaders step down over APRA row

IOOF leaders step down over APRA row

The managing director and chairman of IOOF Holdings (ASX: IFL) have stepped down from their roles to fight legal action brought by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), in what the finance services provider has described as an "appropriate" step in the interests of governance. APRA announced on Friday that ...

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Afterpay backs increased powers for ASIC in 'buy now pay later' market

Afterpay backs increased powers for ASIC in 'buy now pay later' market

With the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) pitch to have its intervention powers extended in the 'buy now pay later' market, one could be forgiven for thinking Afterpay Touch Group (ASX: APT) would be against the idea. Business has been booming for the Melbourne-based company led by Nicholas Molnar (pictured)...

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No earnings guidance from Blue Sky with board change underway

No earnings guidance from Blue Sky with board change underway

The outgoing chairman of Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) is confident restructuring efforts will help deliver returns, but unlike in previous years the company has not given any earnings guidance for FY2019 at today's annual general meeting (AGM). Chairman John Kain (pictured), who will be replaced by former Hastings Funds...

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Government announces $2b injection for small business

Government announces $2b injection for small business

The Federal Government is offering a leg up to around three million small businesses in Australia through the creation of a $2 billion fund that will be channelled through loans to small banks and non-bank lenders. The Australian Business Securitisation Fund is expected to improve competition in the business loan market, where borrow...

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Blue Sky stands by Pinnacle deal after Wilson ups the ante

Blue Sky stands by Pinnacle deal after Wilson ups the ante

Wilson Asset Management (ASX: WAM) has raised the stakes in its bid to run Blue Sky Alternative Investments' (ASX: BLA) alternative access fund, but the embattled company has been unswayed. WAM has offered a fee-free period for BLA-managed assets as well as an expansion of the scope of its services to match those of Alterum, the name ...

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Corporate Travel Management strikes back

Corporate Travel Management strikes back

After 11 days under siege from a short selling attack, Corporate Travel Management ('CTM', ASX: CTD) is taking its defence up a notch with a review from Ernst & Young (EY) that "has not identified any issues or concerns" with its North American business and has sought to explain alleged discrepancies in cash flow an...

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Class action on the table after short seller report

Class action on the table after short seller report

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is set to weigh in on VGI Partners' $55 million short on Brisbane-based travel company Corporate Travel Management ('CTM', ASX: CTD), with a class action potentially on the cards. But who the Melbourne-headquartered firm will be against is now the question. An investigation is currently underway i...

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MYOB opens its books to KKR

MYOB opens its books to KKR

Listed software company MYOB (ASX: MYO) has granted due diligence to private equity firm KKR ahead of its proposed $2.2 billion takeover bid. KKR, which already owns a 20 per cent stake in MYOB, announced its takeover of the software company in early October. The takeover remains subject to completion of KKR's due diligence proces...

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Grant Hackett to lead Generation Development Group

Grant Hackett to lead Generation Development Group

Swimming legend-turned-finance executive Grant Hackett has been appointed CEO of Melbourne-based investment house Generation Development Group (ASX: GDG), with a focus on growing its recently acquired business Ascalon Capital Managers. Hackett joined GDG in September 2017 and has been "instrumental" in lifting sales performance ...

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Wilson makes counter bid to run Blue Sky access fund

Wilson makes counter bid to run Blue Sky access fund

Less than a week after Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) reached a deal for Pinnacle Investment (ASX: PNI) to manage its alternative access fund from the start of 2019, a new contender has come on the scene. In an announcement today, the group's $177 million Blue Sky Alternative Access Fund (ASX: BAF) informed sharehold...

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IMF Bentham calls $84m raising to seize litigation trends

IMF Bentham calls $84m raising to seize litigation trends

Global litigation funder IMF Bentham (ASX: IMF) is preparing to raise over $84 million to prepare for a range of opportunities presently in reach for the company. The listed company will conduct a fully underwritten institutional placement to raise $74.48 million, comprising an issue of 26.6 million new IMF ordinary shares. The group ...

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NAB sets aside $314m for customer compensation

NAB sets aside $314m for customer compensation

NAB (ASX: NAB) is the latest bank to set aside a large swathe of cash to compensate its customers. In total, NAB will set aside $314 million for refunds and compensation for issues including adviser services fees and plan service fees. As part of the compensation, $53 million is related to discontinued operations. The costs associ...

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Slater & Gordon launches 'Get Your Super Back' class action against Commonwealth Bank

Slater & Gordon launches 'Get Your Super Back' class action against Commonwealth Bank

Law firm Slater & Gordon (ASX: SGH) believes it could recoup more than $100 million for thousands of superannuation members through a recently launched class action against Commonwealth Bank (ASX: CBA) and its subsidiary Colonial First State. Slater & Gordon says this is the first class action of its 'Get Your Super ...

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MNF Group acquires spare parts of Inabox Group for $30m+

MNF Group acquires spare parts of Inabox Group for $30m+

Communications specialists MNF Group (ASX: MNF) have acquired certain parts of Inabox Group's (ASX: IAB) sprawling business. The agreement, worth between $30.5 and $33.5 million depending on how earn out conditions are met, will see MNF acquire the wholesale and enablement businesses from Inabox Group. The business being acquired ...

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Global investment firm proposes to buy MYOB

Global investment firm proposes to buy MYOB

Online business management solution MYOB (ASX: MYO) has commenced the process of selling to global investment firms KKR & Co (KKR). KKR has made a proposal to MYOB to acquire all the shares it currently doesn't already own by way of a scheme of arrangement. The scheme follows this morning's announcement that KKR has acquir...

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Vicinity sells 10 centres for $573m to SCA Property Group

Vicinity sells 10 centres for $573m to SCA Property Group

SCA Property Group (ASX: SCP) will become Australia's leading owner and manager of convenience-based shopping centres after picking up 10 assets from Vicinity Centres (ASX: VCX) for $573 million. The sale forms part of Vicinity's plans to divest non-core sub-regional and neighbourhood shopping centre assets as it shifts attention ...

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ACCC to investigate big four banks over currency mark-up

ACCC to investigate big four banks over currency mark-up

The inquiry will seek to understand why Australia is the third most expensive G20 country to send money from. Australia's competition and consumer watchdog has launched an investigation into the currency conversion mark-ups and transaction fees that make overseas business, travel and remittances more challenging in Australia than in m...

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Royal Commission publishes interim report on banking misconduct

Royal Commission publishes interim report on banking misconduct

The Financial Services Royal Commission has published its highly anticipated interim report into misconduct in the finance industry, but discussions around superannuation and insurance will have to wait until the final report that's due by February next year. Covering issues ranging from consumer and SME lending to financial advi...

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Slater and Gordon launches class action against NAB, MLC for "worthless" credit card insurance

Slater and Gordon launches class action against NAB, MLC for "worthless" credit card insurance

Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has taken aim at National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) and MLC on behalf of customers who were allegedly sold worthless credit card insurance. The law firm has filed class action proceedings in the Federal Court against the two companies, alleging they engaged in unconscionable conduct by selling sellin...

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Former Sirtex CEO charged with insider trading as class action looms

Former Sirtex CEO charged with insider trading as class action looms

Within days of biotech company Sirtex Medical Limited delisting from the ASX following its takeover from China's CDH Investments for $1.9 billion, former CEO Gilman Edwin Wong has been charged with insider trading. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) alleges Wong, who was also a director of the radioa...

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Melbourne medicinal cannabis company debuts on the ASX with $19.65m IPO

Melbourne medicinal cannabis company debuts on the ASX with $19.65m IPO

There's certainly no shortage of medicinal cannabis stocks to invest in on the ASX, and with today's listing of Althea (ASX: AGH) we're certainly spoilt for choice. The Melbourne-based medicinal cannabis company launched on the ASX on Friday morning after a hugely successful and heavily oversubscribed IPO of $19.65 million. ...

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Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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Aged care providers tank in wake of royal commission announcement

Aged care providers tank in wake of royal commission announcement

After Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a royal commission into Australia's aged care system the preeminent providers of the service on the ASX saw their shares take a tumble. At 12.20pm AEST Aveo is down 4.28 per cent to $2.16, Estia is down 18.3 per cent to $2.41 per share, Japara is down 14 per cent to $1.44, and Regis Health...

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AusCann lists on US stock exchange to boost international operations

AusCann lists on US stock exchange to boost international operations

One of Australia's leading listed cannabis companies has jumped across the Pacific to list on one of America's leading stock exchanges. AusCann Group (ASX: AC8) has commenced trading on the US OTCQX Market under the stock symbol ACNNF. The OTCQX is an investor-focused US market featuring US and global companies. To qualify for...

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Slater and Gordon announces all-out attack on banks to get your super back

Slater and Gordon announces all-out attack on banks to get your super back

Slater and Gordon is launching a full-on assault on Australia's financial institutions in a campaign to secure more than one billion dollars in super from the banks. Their campaign is called Get Your Super Back and it is shaping up to be an intensive, lengthy, and expensive battle. "Slater and Gordon will take on the banks on...

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International expansion boosts Lovisa results as it prepares to go online

International expansion boosts Lovisa results as it prepares to go online

Australian jewellery retailer Lovisa (ASX: LOV) made a significant push overseas in FY18, boosting its results as an effect. Revenue was up 21.4 per cent to $217 million and NPAT was also up 23.8 per cent to $36 million. The retailer, still operating entirely as a bricks and mortar outlet, says its international expansion was a key dr...

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Seek marred by trouble in Latin America

Seek marred by trouble in Latin America

Political and economic turmoil in Latin America has blemished Seek's (ASX: SEK) financial year as the company has been forced to write down key assets in the region. The online job agency today reaffirmed a total impairment charge of $178 million it warned investors about earlier this month, comprised of $119 million against the carry...

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Double digit growth again for Villa World

Double digit growth again for Villa World

Residential property developer Villa World Limited (ASX: VLW) has reported strong results for FY18 amid solid sales from its flagship projects on the east coast. The company has posted double digit profit growth for the fifth consecutive year with a statutory net profit after tax of $43.6 million for FY18, up 15 per cent year-on-year. ...

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Tax agents raided by ATO for alledged phoenix activity and tax avoidance

Tax agents raided by ATO for alledged phoenix activity and tax avoidance

The Australian Tax Office is currently investigating eleven sites across Victoria in relation to alleged phoenix activity and avoidance of tax. Access without notice has been granted at businesses and residential properties across Melbourne to gather information as part of a long-term compliance action into tax mischief. Complaints fr...

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New TV show set to open Blockchain to the world

New TV show set to open Blockchain to the world

A new weekly business TV show is set to showcase Blockchain companies, cryptoassets and ICOs to a global audience. Coincast TV, created by ICO advisor DigitalX and respected crypto business news platform Multiplier Crypto, will be broadcast on Sky News Business, and syndicated across Apple TV, the Wall St Journal and related social platfo...

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