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Feb 2, 2012

Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Business Briefing: Kelly defends cuts, coy on rates

Kelly defends cuts, coy on rates
Scott Murdoch WESTPAC chief Gail Kelly has defended her decision to cut 560 jobs and refused to confirm it would pass on any RBA rate cuts.
Inside a Glencore-Xstrata marriage
Dana Cimilluca and John W. Miller A MERGER between Glencore and Xstrata, which could be unveiled next week, would have a profound impact, but is not without issues.
Shares waver with US data on tap
Virginia Harrison AUSTRALIAN shares wavered between small gains and losses today, with moves limited ahead of a key US jobs report.
China hints at more Europe help
Aaron Back CHINA is considering deeper involvement in the eurozone's bailout funds, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said.
SingAir profits lose altitude
Gaurav Raghuvanshi SINGAPORE Airlines’ third quarter net profit plunged 53pc for a fifth straight quarterly fall, as fuel prices hurt margins.
Macquarie asset deal hunt deepens
Eyk Henning and Marietta Cauchi MACQUARIE remains in the hunt for Deutsche Bank's asset management division, as the field of buyers narrows.
Artist an unlikely Facebook winner
Murad Ahmed GRAFFITI artist David Choe had a choice: take cash for some art or accept shares in a one-year-old company called Facebook.
US stocks down ahead of jobs data
Chris Dieterich US stocks closed in the red for the fifth time in six sessions, as mixed earnings curbed sentiment ahead of key jobs figures.
Financial Markets
Shares waver with US data on tap
Virginia Harrison AUSTRALIAN shares wavered between small gains and losses today, with moves limited ahead of a key US jobs report.
Oil tumbles on weak demand
Gold jumps on Bernanke signals
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Good and bad in Dragon deal
Andrea Hotter THE mining sector has kicked off the Year of the Dragon in style, with the pending merger of Xstrata and majority holder Glencore.
Gas prices could go negative
Glencore must dig deep for Xstrata
More Mining & Energy

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Emails reveal Rinehart’s family feud, HR managers slam Fair Work, Facebook’s big winners – including rocker Bono, Events group bans PowerPoint

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Gina Rinehart just can’t stay out of the headlines this week. Today on SmartCompany we look at emails from her children that reveal a bitter family feud and her rise up Forbes’ Australian rich list. We look at the outlook for unemployment after yesterday’s job cuts at Westpac and Holden, and explain why one conference organiser has put a ban on PowerPoint.

Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson asks if the brutal restructuring of the retail sector could leave duopolies in more categories than just groceries.

Advertising and Marketing
MARKETING STRATEGIES: Make sure you can deliver
There is nothing worse as a customer than to find out that what you expected cannot be executed. So be 100% certain you can deliver on your promises. BY TOM McKASKILL.

How I find staff from overseas and protect them from poachers
Velrada chief executive Robert Evans says one of the biggest keys to its success is finding staff overseas. BY PATRICK STAFFORD.

Aunty B
My lovable old bastard of a client won't take my advice!
In my view it is very hard to get lovable old bastards to change on the question of control, so get him to focus on getting on with business.
Aunty B

Selling strategies
Trent Leyshan
The phone is still a powerful tool if you know how to utilise its qualities correctly.
Ask the Experts

The Futurist
Colin Benjamin
As the big end of town shreds jobs to retain profitability, the key to success will increasingly give smart companies the edge through scope not scale.
Smart Blogs

Female Entrepreneur
Naomi Simson
We never know the impact that we may have on another. Even via a simple blog.
Smart Blogs

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
As the retail sector restructures, could more categories become like groceries, dominated by two major players?
Entrepreneur Watch