South East Asian Beef Cattle Market Report June 2014

Ross Ainsworth’s June report with Key Points : Indonesian prices finally stabilise,Ramadan and Lebaran demand likely to ensure that the next price movement for Indonesia is upwards, Presidential elections introduce a new element of uncertainty, Thai live cattle exports to China and Vietnam booming,Cambodia will develop into a future...



2013 data endorses China collaboration on proposed co-productions

Chinese box office of more than $3.52bn in 2013 increased 27.5% on the previous year and received a boost from local fare, while foreign films are withering in the face of fierce competition, according to a new report from EntGroup Consulting. The company’s China Film Industry Report 2013-2014 is...



China’s new Silk Roads – could carry Thai live cattle sourced from Australia .

The western end of the G56 Hangrui Expressway begins at the China – Myanmar border and runs all the way to Shanghai. It connects the outback of Myanmar to more than one thousand million customers.   The explosion of Chinese transport infrastructure we all hear about is not just...



Broadcast to Chromecast – is TV being recast or cast out?

There are several large quite expensive pieces of electronic equipment in my house and in most homes that are the site of a long overdue technological revolution. Despite being in the “Internet Age”, most of these large chunks of hardware do not connect to the internet. While evolving from...



China’s SAFE Issues New Regulations to Ease Requirements on Cross-Border Guarantees and Security

The State Administration of Foreign Exchange of the PRC (“SAFE”) published the long awaited “Regulations on Foreign Exchange Administration of Cross-Border Guarantees and Security” (the “Regulations”) and the related “Operational Guidelines on Foreign Exchange Administration of Cross-Border Guarantees and Security” (the “Guidelines”) on 19 May 2014. As part of...



Proposed FOFA legislation changes uncertain

  We review insurance every year, so why not our financial planner? Following last week’s public hearing, the Senate Economics Legislation Committee is preparing to report on its inquiry into a government bill that would significantly water down the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) legislation. The legislation banned “conflicted...



KKR eyeing off Treasury Wine Estates

Wine lovers face sour taste as private equity eyes off Grange Penfolds Grange is in the news again, a month after a 1959 bottle of Australia’s most iconic wine figured in the resignation of New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell. This time it is attracting attention as the ultra-premium...



ANZ / SCMP Hong Kong Business Leaders Forum 11 June 2014

Join me at  this Austcham Partner event . Jointly organised by the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) and South China Morning Post (SCMP), this regional event provides a platform for business leaders and senior management from corporations to share insights under the theme of Unleashing ASEAN...



The state of Australia business

In the lead up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is Australia doing overall? In this special series, ten writers to take a broader look at the State of Australia; our health,...



Digging beneath China’s interest in Australian ore

The Australian iron ore industry is no place for the faint hearted. On April 11, Padbury Mining spectacularly announced billions in funding (reportedly backed by Chinese investors) to develop the Oakajee Port north of Geraldton in Western Australia’s mid-west. This infrastructure would open up development of massive magnetite iron...



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