20 February 2020
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Here’s a spoonful of optimism, Peter

Over the weekend I received a ‘perk me up’ text from someone who thought I might be getting a tad too negative — the Treasurer!

Will investors desperate for fixed interest style investments gobble up NAB’s new hybrid issue?

Will NAB’s new hybrid issue be keenly sought?

Can an Australian Aboriginal ever be an ‘alien’?

Did the judges in the majority in Love and Thoms do a disservice to the legitimate aspirations of indigenous Australians?

5 things you need to know today

New record-high closes for the ASX, S&P 500 and Nasdaq, and the International Monetary Fund says "uncertainty is becoming the new normal".

Big health issues

To dissect the wider effects of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Peter Switzer speaks to Fidelity International's Anthony Doyle and Travel Associates' Kerrie Fellowes. Plus EMVision CEO Dr Ron Weinberger shares the latest about the company's portable brain scanner for detecting stroke.

Where is BHP heading?

The giant miner turned in a very impressive half year profit yesterday of $US4.9 billion, up 29%. Where is it heading?

5 things you need to know today

Australia's biggest universities face a $1.2 billion Coronavirus hit, Josh Frydenberg resists calls to remove luxury car tax and HSBC to cut 35,000 jobs globally.

Mad about Money

What's happening with the markets?! Find out as Peter Switzer and Paul Rickard present Mad about Money live!

Reporting Season on now, what stocks should you be buying?

Julia Lee, Michael McCarthy, Paul Rickard and Michael Blake join Peter Switzer this week.

5 things you need to know today

Scott Morrison criticises General Motors for demise of Holden, coronavirus cases in decline but WHO remains cautious and Jeff Bezos pledges US$10 billion to fight climate change.

Switzer Video

A look at culture, arts, extras and things we’re following this week.
COME 
FROM AWAY
The critically acclaimed Broadway hit ‘Come From Away’ is a remarkable true story that departs Melbourne on March 8th.

The “heartwarming” show is set after the 9/11 terrorist attack of 2001, when 255 aircrafts were diverted to a small town called Gander in Newfoundland, Canada. The true tale follows the small community that took in and cared for over 6000 passengers over five days, while American airspace was closed by the US government.

The humble Canadian production has had international success, winning Olivier and Tony Awards, and packing out shows across the USA, Europe and now, Australia. Make sure to get your tickets before the last show in Melbourne on March 8th.
ORANGE 
F.O.O.D WEEK
Orange F.O.O.D Week is back for its 29th year, making it the longest running regional food and wine festival in Australia.

This year, the festival will run from Friday 27 March to Sunday 5 April, 2020.

Orange F.O.O.D Week stands for the abundance of the region, embracing a culture of sustainable practices and community spirit.

Markets, interactive workshops, wine tours, comedy shows, and a constant flow of food and wine from breakfast to dinner (and in between), are what patrons can expect.

Tickets have been on sale since Monday, 20th January 2020.

Quote of the Week

"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."
Conrad Hilton

Photo of the Week

AAP Image/Steven Saphore
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