The Core

Putting new life into an existing business


For any small business owner, there comes a time when you reach a stage in the business life cycle where you feel like business has stopped moving forward and is just going through the motions, writes John Corias. This is the point where many businesses either leap forward into...

Is trading gambling?


This is a question I am asked on a regular basis, usually when people find out that I work with traders, poker players and problem gamblers, writes Shayne Duncan. These questions are many and varied: “Isn’t that a conflict of interest? Aren’t you supporting gambling by working with poker...

Market expectations for 2014 and beyond


For the property investor predicting the market as we go into 2014 and beyond, it is worth looking both backwards and outwards to see where the growth and opportunities have existed and where the pitfalls have tightened the noose around the necks of Australian investors. Looking backwards, Australian property...

Cloud: The inevitable disaster recovery solution for business


The cloud not only makes global business practice easy, it also protects businesses from disaster, writes Sean Dendle. The tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March 2011 left 3.46 million people stranded due to the failure of transportation systems. The Queensland floods of January 2011 resulted in three-quarters of...

  • How to influence and win over investors


    Small business start-up capital is a highly sought after commodity as more and more entrepreneurs are trying their luck at business, writes Alex Pirouz. Statistically, the odds of small business start-up success is less than 20% within a five-year period. One of the main reasons why start-ups end up...

    The right advice


    It’s never too late to receive valuable financial advice, writes Andrew Hewison. After the budget announcements and changes to superannuation policy, regardless of age, wealth or experience it’s never too late to get valuable advice from an expert. A good financial adviser will review your financial situation, whether you’re...

    US property outlook – Growth


    Despite restrictive lending from finance companies, Joel Dobson still sees many reasons for growth in the US property market. Ask any reliable US source and most will tell you to expect a growth of at least 1% for the remaining quarters of 2013. Why 1%? Everyone knows that the...

    The ‘big four’ and their top global status


    As we witnessed a significant rally in the Australian Equities market until mid-May, many investors questioned why the banking sector in particular was such a top performer, writes Michael Kodari. It is important for equity investors to understand the basis of the ‘big four’ banks’ strong performance, as this...

  • The importance of succession planning 


    A smart business owner is a forward-thinker. He knows that at some point in the future there may come a time when he needs to pass the reigns of the company onto someone else, whether it’s a family member, trusted employee or investor to keep it running even when...

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