Good times coming for the aged-care sector


Aged care is a sector that’s been under the microscope for years. But while it has faced real challenges, its future now looks bright.

13 Jul 2018

Smokin’: the strategy behind emerging Tassie icon’s monumental export growth


When BJ Plummer was handed the reins of acclaimed Tasmanian smoked seafood producer Woodbridge Smokehouse, he was instructed not to ‘mess around’ with the brand. We spoke to Plummer about his strategy, which has seen export revenue grow a whopping 1,300 per cent in just three years.

Economic commentary
6 Aug 2018

US Economic Update – August 2018

Economic commentary

The US economy grew strongly in Q2 2018, driven by a rebound in consumption and further solid business investment growth.


Last month we saw our national index move through the tenth straight month of falling home values.

The US dollar and equities are on the rise and EM currencies teetering on the edge of a bearish market.

An unchanged economic outlook, but downside risks building.

The business conditions index fell by 2pts to +12 index points in July, continuing its run of declines since April. Business confidence ticked up 1pt to +7 index points, an around average level.

With expansion on the horizon, FRANKiE4’s Financial Controller, Jonathan Cole, is focused on the right markets and the right financial facilities to make the leap into Europe and the US.

The weekly highlights the outlook for the NZD and AUD.

The financial crisis and its aftermath fundamentally reshaped bank business models, allowing investors to focus mainly on macroeconomic factors when they analyse the sector. Speakers at the KangaNews-NAB Fixed Income Beyond the Institutional Sector Summit shared insights into the present and future of bank investment.

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