Morgans knew of problems at branch

Original article by Liam Walsh
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 20 : 5-Jul-19

Stockbroker Morgans is the subject of dozens of law suits from clients; over 20 of them are targeting Morgans and David Wilkins, the former head of its branch at Springwood in Queensland. Some clients of Morgans have claimed that they lost hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of advice they received from Morgans’ Springwood office. An email sent in 2009 that is contained in one of the lawsuits against Morgans indicates that its senior management were aware that there were problems at the office, but the fir did not advise clients about its concerns.

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MORGANS FINANCIAL LIMITED, SUPREME COURT OF QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION

Bell Financial Group rings in strong first half

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 : 10-Jul-15

Australian-listed Bell Financial Group has posted an $A8m consolidated unaudited profit for the first six months of 2015. This was 300 per cent higher than its result for the same period in 2014. Group revenue was 18 per cent higher, with equity capital markets and equities execution revenue up 37 per cent and 16 per cent respectively. The group’s shares closed 11.6 per cent higher at $A0.48 on 9 July.

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BELL FINANCIAL GROUP LIMITED – ASX BFG, ASX LIMITED – ASX ASX, CHI-X AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, BELL DIRECT

S&P’s Blitzer worries about rates and whippersnappers

Original article by Sally Rose
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 14-Apr-15

David Blitzer of Standard & Poor’s has warned that the sharemarket rallies in the US and Australia are not sustainable. He notes that technology stocks are most at risk of experiencing a correction. Blitzer adds that many Australian fund managers and stockbrokers have never had to cope with a recession and its potential effects on financial markets. He says this could present as big a risk to the domestic sharemarket as an increase in the cash rate

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STANDARD AND POOR’S CORPORATION, NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD

Markets drive Macquarie to bumper $1.5bn

Original article by Michael Bennet
The Australian – Page: 21 : 20-Jan-15

Investment banking firm Macquarie Group has again raised its 2014-15 profit forecast, for the second time in half a year, and now expects a result of up to $A1.52bn that would be close to an all-time high. The increase by between 10% and 20% is based on an improved trading environment as well as the decline in the Australian dollar foreign exchange rate. Experts note that Macquarie’s fixed-income, currencies and commodities operations perform better in times of heightened volatility. On 19 January 2015 the stock closed 5.4% higher at $A58.25

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MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD, CLSA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, BELL POTTER SECURITIES LIMITED, BELL FINANCIAL GROUP LIMITED – ASX BFG, MACQUARIE SECURITIES PTY LTD

Who’ll pick next year’s best stocks: fundies or brokers?

Original article by Bianca Hartge-Hazelman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 : 19-Dec-14

Fund managers and stockbrokers have issued lists of the most promising stocks among Australian-listed companies. The most popular is Aurizon. It appears on many lists of the best shares. Fund managers avoid consumer stocks such as Flight Centre Travel, Myer Holdings, JB Hi-Fi, Metcash and Harvey Norman. Stockbrokers expect a rebound in mining stocks such as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Iluka Resources and Oil Search

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AURIZON HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX AZJ, CHANT WEST FINANCIAL SERVICES PTY LTD, QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED – ASX QAN, FLIGHT CENTRE TRAVEL GROUP LIMITED – ASX FLT, MYER HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX MYR, JB HI-FI LIMITED – ASX JBH, METCASH LIMITED – ASX MTS, HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX HVN, CROWN RESORTS LIMITED – ASX CWN, ARISTOCRAT LEISURE LIMITED – ASX ALL, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, ILUKA RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX ILU, OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, PERPETUAL LIMITED – ASX PPT, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED

Canadian bank axes analysts in Newcrest fiasco

Original article by Anthony Klan
The Australian – Page: 21 : 26-Jun-14

Newcrest Mining has agreed to pay a penalty of $A1.2m for selectively briefing analysts in late May 2013. The Australian Securities & Investments Commission told the Federal Court that the company breached its continuous disclosure obligations by not informing the wider market as well of its downgraded gold output figures, but the analysts were not to blame. However, Geoff Breen and Michael Orphanides as well as head of research Peter Main departed Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in mid-2013, soon after it received the inside knowledge from Newcrest. The investment bank has declined to comment

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NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, ROYAL BANK OF CANADA, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, BANK OF AMERICA AUSTRALIA LIMITED, MERRILL LYNCH (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, CREDIT SUISSE AG, COLONIAL FIRST STATE GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT, COLONIAL HOLDING COMPANY LIMITED – ASX CNG, MACQUARIE BANK LIMITED – ASX MBL