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Nov 20, 2011

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Health products chain collapses, SA woman sues Google for defamation, JB Hi-Fi starts going direct on imports, What Wall Street titans are buying

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Today on SmartCompany we examine the collapse of health products group Healthzone, which has been placed into receivership just weeks after raising almost $10 million from investors. We also ask why a South Australian woman is suing Google for defamation, examine JB Hi-Fi’s plan to import directly from overseas to avoid wholesalers and look at the next developments in the Qantas IR battle. Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson argues the Government’s review of the Fair Work regime should concentrate on major SMEs concerns and not a one-off fight like that at Qantas.

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Rich Secrets
Where the billionaires are buying
What investment trends can we spot from Wall Street's titans? Let's scan the third quarter filings and learn more. BY JAMES THOMSON.
Rich Secrets

High-density living takes off
Higher density living is becoming more popular as single dwellings prove to be too expensive. BY CAMERON KUSHER.

Aunty B
My business partner is a neurotic worrywart who gets on my nerves. Help!
You are in a marriage made in heaven. She is the Ying to your Yang, the bucket to your spade, the night to your day, if you get my drift. The combination of the pair of you is perfect.
Aunty B

Sue Barrett

Does it help to look s-xy in B2B sales? Well it’s all in the eye of the beholder.
Sue Barrett

Enterprise Leadership
Dennis Roberts
There are simple ways that you as an individual can change your own financial management.
Dennis Roberts

Behavioural Economics
Bri Williams

A big part of our sales process needs to be dedicated to overcoming our customer's fear of what they may lose.
Bri Williams

Retail trends
Kevin Moore

At store level in Australia, the buzz is building but hasn't yet built.
Kevin Moore

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson

Qantas might get all the IR headlines, but the review of the Fair Work regime must look at SME issues.
James Thomson

Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Business Briefing Update: Murchison nears asset sales

Murchison nears asset sales
David Winning MURCHISON Metals has halted trading while it advances talks on the possible sale of its stake in the Oakajee project and a mine.
Storm warning for banks
Tim Boreham FORMER ANZ Bank chief executive John McFarlane has urged Australian banks to resist risky activities as they chase growth.
Euro bonds back on EU agenda
Stephen Fidler and Charles Forelle THE EU's executive arm is to float fresh proposals for joint issues of bonds among the eurozone’s 17 governments.
NBN adds Steffens as first COO
NBN Co has appointed Ralph Steffens its first chief operating officer as the company ramps up management recruitment.
Qantas, unions muscle up before deadline
Pia Akerman LAST-minute negotiations between Qantas and union representatives may stretch until midnight tonight to end the industrial dispute.
Low-cost 'risk' for private equity
Susannah Moran and Damon Kitney NEW superannuation rules have alarmed private equity companies.
Amazon phone to dial up sales
Murad Ahmed AMAZON is believed to be building a mobile phone to give consumers another device with which they can shop on its website.
Bourse newcomer Chi-X passes 2pc mark
Richard Gluyas CHI-X's share of trading volumes edged through 2 per cent, with brokers executing 13,202 trades worth $42.1 million last Friday.
Financial Markets
Shares move lower
Sarah Turner AUSTRALIAN shares lost ground, extending sharp losses made at the end of last week, as Europe’s debt problems continued to weigh on sentiment.
Shares edge lower early
Dollar back below parity
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Murchison nears asset sales
David Winning MURCHISON Metals has halted trading while it advances talks on the possible sale of its stake in the Oakajee project and a mine.
Abbott commits to scrapping mining tax
Focus fixed as gold price soars
More Mining & Energy