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Mar 4, 2012

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Five reasons Yelp’s become a sharemarket star, Meet the new small biz minister, Why the rich are getting out of wine, Gerry Harvey struggles online

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Today on SmartCompany we meet the Federal Small Business Minister, Brendan O’Connor, who has already flagged he will set his sights on red tape in his new role. As James Thomson says in Entrepreneur Watch, Labor deserves credit for finally putting the portfolio in Cabinet, but O’Connor has much to do.

We also look at the five reasons for the extraordinary sharemarket debut of review site Yelp, examine proposed new media regulations that would hit thousands of bloggers and check in with Gerry Harvey’s online sales efforts. He says they haven’t met expectations, but we’ve got three improvements he could make.

Why the rich don't want to wine
The grape glut has made it hard even for rich list winery owners to make a buck. Some, like Doug Rathbone, have had enough. BY JAMES THOMSON.

Why rents will keep rising
Home values might not be rising, but rents are still climbing - and should keep going in 2012. BY TIM LAWLESS

Aunty B
We've lost a big client to an upstart rival. What do we do?
You must go back to your sales team with a few very important questions.
Aunty B

Sue Barrett
Many people, especially sales people, often have the mistaken belief that negotiation forms part of every sale, which is not true.
Ask the Experts

Enterprise Leadership
Dennis Roberts
An Enterprise Leader takes the seed of an idea from conception to fruition. They are responsible for creating a compelling vision of success, charting the strategic direction of the enterprise and the execution of strategy.
Smart Blogs

Behavioural Economics
Bri Williams
Sign-up pages serve a key customer relationship function in your business, so it's important to get the balance right between your needs and those of your users.
Smart Blogs

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
Labor deserves applause for finally putting the small business minister in Cabinet. Now Brendan O’Connor has a big job ahead of him.
Entrepreneur Watch

Ice Futures U.S.: Weekly Analysis of US Equity and Currency Markets

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GATA : THE GATA DISPATCHES SELECTED ARTICLES.: performamnce of SE and currency as priced in gold /China and the expansion of Yuan export Settlement.../ No physical selling to match gold smash..von Greyerz tells KWN / John Dizard: Gold flash crash rouses suspicions of witchcraft

Follow performance of stock exchanges and currencies as priced in gold

8:40p ET Sunday, March 4, 2012
Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

A new Internet site may be of interest to gold investors. aims to follow the performance of major world stock exchanges and currencies as priced in gold:

For the company's complete press release, please visit:

China expands yuan export settlement to all qualified companies

By Jim Jia
Bloomberg News
Friday, March 2, 2012

China expanded a trial of yuan settlement for exports to all companies qualified for foreign trade from a list of designated participants, the nation's central bank said on its website yesterday.
The change is aimed at promoting trade and the Chinese currency's cross-border use, the People's Bank of China said, citing a combined directive with the ministries of finance and commerce, the customs and taxation bureaus, and the China Banking Regulatory Commission. A circular on the new policy attached to the announcement is dated Feb. 3.

Premier Wen Jiabao is encouraging the wider use of the yuan in international trade and investment to curb reliance on the U.S. dollar while maintaining some controls on funds flowing in and out of China. Officials have said they want to gradually achieve the yuan's full convertibility under the capital account by 2015.

No physical selling to match paper gold smash, von Greyerz

tells KWN

4:45p ET Sunday, March 4, 2012
Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Matterhorn Asset Management's Egon von Greyerz tells King World News that last week's plunge in gold was entirely a manipulation of the paper futures market price without any corresponding selling in the physical market. Von Greyerz stresses that to immunize themselves against such manipulations, gold investors must buy only real metal and store it outside the banking system. The more gold investors do that, he says, the sooner the manipulations will be defeated. In any case, he adds, gold's trend remains strongly up. The interview is 12 minutes long and you can listen to it at the King World News Internet site here:

From the Desk Of Nick Nicolaas-Mining Interactive: BRALORNE GOLD DRILLING INTERSECTS 5.14 g/t GOLD OVER 5.2 METRES ON BK-3 ZONE

February 04, 2012


TSXV - BPM; Frankfurt – GV7 (WKN A0B 75M); OTCQX – BPMSF



"51.5 ounces per ton gold over 3.1 feet"

Click Here for the Detailed February 29, 2012 Press Release

Dear Friend:

Is Bralorne another Gold Corp in the Making? (I have intelligent hope that there is a good chance that it is)

Stay Tuned - - - as the Bralorne Gold Production Exploration and Growth Story Continuous to Excite!!

Regards from Vancouver,
Nick L. Nicolaas

Mining Interactive "Ahead of the Pack"
Bralorne Gold Vein
DISCLAIMER: Mining Interactive Corp. and its Associates (collectively referred to as MI) are not registered advisors and do not give investment advice.  MI’s comments are an expression of opinion only.  Although MI may have investments in some of the companies MI mentions, nothing should be construed in any manner whatsoever as recommendations to buy or sell a stock, option, future, bond, commodity or any other financial instrument at any time.  While MI believes all statements to be true, they always depend on the reliability of MI's sources.  MI recommends that you consult with a qualified investment advisor, one licensed by appropriate regulatory agencies in your legal jurisdiction, before making any investment decisions, and barring that, MI urges you to confirm the facts on your own on any companies MI mention before making important investment commitments.

NYT Global Update: Putin Claims Victory in Russian Election

The New York Times International Herald Tribune
March 4, 2012
Compiled 21:45 GMT

Global Update

Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Capital Circle: Swan v miners biffo - round two

Swan v miners biffo - round two
WAYNE Swan will step up his attack on Australia's wealthiest people today.

Some of the tall poppies on Mr Swan's hit list - Clive Palmer and Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest - have already hit back. Mr Forrest has taken out advertisements in the major newspapers and Mr Palmer has labelled Mr Swan an "intellectual pygmy". But the Treasurer isn't letting up. He'll continue his public and very personal attack on the big miners when he delivers an address to the National Press Club in Canberra today at 12.30.
Julia Gillard is in Canberra today for the swearing in of her new ministry at Government House. 
Tony Abbott is in Bendigo, in rural Victoria, for a veterans' affairs announcement. He'll also visit a local business.
Senator-designate Bob Carr is already demonstrating his star power, finding himself in furious agreement with 2GB radio host Alan Jones this morning. The pair spoke about the good ol' days when Mr Carr, as NSW opposition leader, would ring Jones daily and demand to speak on his program. It's hard to think of any other Gillard government minister who could handle Jones with suck aplomb.
Queensland election: LNP leader Campbell Newman will try to keep up the momentum following yesterday's official campaign launch. He is today expected to hit the hustings in south-east Queensland, where his party needs to pick up seats to win government. Premier Anna Bligh will take another regional trip to defend more of her government's marginal seats. Labor remains the underdog in the campaign, with polls pointing to a comfortable LNP victory on March 24. However, the election timing may be affected by a legal dispute between Katter's A
Peter Brent
Peter Brent
Call it a start
It comes down to the opinion polls. Most importantly, because it’s the most-watched, Newspoll. It always does. It shouldn’t be like that but…
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Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Business Briefing: Calls to shake up PPP financing

Australian Business update for Mon Mar 05 07:31:46 EST 2012

Calls to shake up PPP financing
Annabel Hepworth, National business correspondent BUSINESS has urged governments to undertake reforms to unlock financing for public-private partnerships for critical infrastructure.

Yanzhou coal deal ready to roll
Sarah-Jane Tasker and Damon Kitney GLOUCESTER Coal's independent directors are expected to give the green light this week to Chinese firm Yanzhou Coal's bid.

Bendigo boss banks on long-term value
Richard Gluyas WHEN Bendigo Bank chief Mike Hirst tells a room full of analysts he takes a "100-year view" , the tension it creates is palpable.

Locals lead way in mining acquisitions
Sarah-Jane Tasker AUSTRALIAN miners were the most acquisitive last year, accounting for 22 per cent of global market-share by value.

Greens 'wrong' to put gold in tax
Barry Fitzgerald, Resources editor CALLS by Greens leader Bob Brown for the government's proposed mining tax to be extended to gold are based on misleading information.

RBA tipped to hold rates
Adam Creighton, Economics correspondent THE prospect of an interest rate cut tomorrow is remote, as the Australian economy remains resilient.

New Citigroup chief aims for top spot
CITIGROUP'S Tony Osmond has a three-pronged strategy for success.

NAB set to cut jobs in Britain
Blair Speedy NAB has reportedly hired management consultancy Boston Consulting Group to advise on a restructuring of its Clydesdale Bank in Britain.

Financial Markets

Dollar loses half a US cent
THE Australian dollar lost half a US cent today following a poor lead from European and US share markets on Friday night.

RBA tipped to hold rates
Elman's Noble quest not over yet

Financial Markets Coverage

Mining & Energy

Yanzhou coal deal ready to roll
Sarah-Jane Tasker and Damon Kitney GLOUCESTER Coal's independent directors are expected to give the green light this week to Chinese firm Yanzhou Coal's bid.

Glasenberg has $100m payday
Locals lead way in mining acquisitions

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2012-03-05 07:30:00.0 Today's Calendar of Events
2012-03-05 07:24:00.0 Market set to open lower
2012-03-05 07:19:41.0 Dollar loses half a US cent
2012-03-05 06:18:47.0 Yelp sets the tone for Facebook IPO
2012-03-05 00:00:00.0 Glasenberg has $100m payday
2012-03-05 00:00:00.0 Locals lead way in mining acquisitions
2012-03-05 00:00:00.0 Lawyers flock to Centro actions
2012-03-05 00:00:00.0 Elman's Noble quest not over yet
2012-03-05 00:00:00.0 We're still the biggest: Woolworths
2012-03-05 00:00:00.0 RBA tipped to hold rates
2012-03-05 00:00:00.0 Bendigo boss banks on long-term value
2012-03-05 00:00:00.0 New Citigroup chief aims for top spot
2012-03-05 00:00:00.0 Greens 'wrong' to put gold in tax
2012-03-05 00:00:00.0 Vic credit union turns into bank
2012-03-05 00:00:00.0 Merchant buys more Billabong shares

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