Dollar falls on recession fears

THE Australian dollar was weaker at noon, as investors sold commodities-driven currencies on ongoing worries that a global recession will demand for raw materials. The domestic unit has depreciated nearly 37 per cent since hitting a post-float high of US98.49c in mid-July. At 12noon (AEDT), the Australian dollar was trading at $US0.6212/17, down from Friday’s…

More mortgage and property funds freeze redemptions

More property and mortgage related funds have suspended redemptions amid the financial services industry’s efforts to gain some further accommodation from the Federal Government around the bank guarantee. APN Funds Management today joined Colonial First State in announcing temporary suspensions to redemptions. Colonial First State announced that it had suspended applications, daily withdrawals and switches…

No pay for failure: ACSI

Leading superannuation body, the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), has called for a change in chief executive pay and disclosure and has labelled some CEO termination payments as “too generous”. In a media statement by ACSI, the council said it supports the introduction of UK-style proposals that provide for the outstanding term of a…

Terria committed to broadband bid

TELSTRA’S main rival in the bidding process for the national broadband network says it remains committed to the project despite the withdrawal of one of its key members. Terria chairman Michael Egan said he regretted today’s withdrawal of AAPT from the consortium of eight telecommunications companies, just six weeks before the federal government’s deadline for…

Vanguard Market Update

We are going through the worst financial crisis in our lifetime.” – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd A week may be a long time in politics but it’s proving to be an eternity on financial markets, as investors increasingly worry about runs on banks, global economic collapse and a deep recession. It’s requiring the Rudd government…