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Peter Switzer

Peter Switzer launched his own financial business 30 years ago. The Switzer Group has since grown into three successful companies spanning media and publishing that creates written content as well as video and films, with its latest acquisition being the global brand Harper’s Bazaar, financial advice, insurance and business advice. Peter is an award-winning broadcaster, twice runner-up for the Best Current Affairs Commentator award for radio, behind broadcaster Alan Jones. He talks to Ben Fordham each morning on 2GB, as well as writing each day on switzer.com.au

18 September 2009
The Telstra lesson

The case of Telstra this week made me think of the great Aussie comic Dave Hughes and rams home one of the most important money making messages you can ever read, see or hear — don’t be too smart, don’t be too cocky and don’t be too scared. Another supporting message is select an investment […]

17 September 2009
Too good to be true?

Despite the fact that a lot of smaller banks as well as non-bank lenders can’t easily access money from overseas and the Big Four banks are dominating home loans, there are some pretty interesting home loan options out there at the moment. I was asked by a radio station and its listeners to look at […]

16 September 2009
Debtor's paradise on the horizon?

Bankruptcy laws could soon be changed to make life better for the wrongdoers — the debtor who doesn’t pay — and at the same time punish lots of small and medium-sized businesses. The Federal Attorney General has proposed increasing the minimum debt at which creditors can petition for bankruptcy from $2,000 to $10,000. Roger Mendelson, […]

15 September 2009
Super women

Excuse the possible misinterpretation, but women are being screwed and it’s time they hit back with what I call the ‘Network’ solution. And it requires women to get “as mad as hell” such that they do something about it! Elizabeth Broderick, who is the country’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, has slammed the nation’s superannuation system because […]

14 September 2009
Don't stop the stimulus

Joe Hockey is a mate and I used to be Malcolm Turnbull’s patrol captain at North Bondi Surf Club and I reckon one day he could be a great Prime Minister, but they’re both wrong on pulling back on the stimulus package, just after we look like we have not dodged a bullet, but an […]

11 September 2009
Not over yet

As someone who got so frustrated by the doomsday merchants predicting our economy was headed into the worst recession since the Great Depression with unemployment surging to 10 per cent, I actually created a Good News Daily alert on my website to counter the over-the-top negativity. One entry last November I remember making, which was […]

10 September 2009
It's not all beige

Dr John Hewson once advised me, when he was my boss at the University of New South Wales and before he took on Bob Hawke and Paul Keating in the rough and tumble of Canberra, that economists were “simply accountants with a personality”. Actually, it was a time of contrast for me in the 1980s, […]

9 September 2009
The Sandilands effect

Gold shot through the US$1000 an Oz level and this is often associated with flights to quality, when stock market players are getting a bit panicky. However, there are many reasons why gold is glittering and one could be linked to what I call the Kyle Sandilands effect. Stick with me on this. Those playing […]

8 September 2009
Anatomy of business building success

The great business thinker Peter Drucker once explained successful business in pretty simple terms. He said it starts with an innovation and then it’s all down to marketing. When you trawl through the marketing messages that have been burnt onto your mental hard disk, you know no truer business words have ever been uttered. But […]

7 September 2009
Question of when

One week into September — the scariest month of all on Wall Street — and no sell-offs, yet. That’s good news but we still have the rest of the month and that pesky October to deal with. And locally, we have another dilemma — will the Reserve Bank raise interest rates in October? Frankly, I […]

4 September 2009
Storm clouds

An inquiry held in Brisbane into the collapse of Storm Financial has searched for the answer to the central question about what happened to Storm and its clients. Was it a cock-up? A conspiracy? Or just plain old greed? These are the questions posed by The Sydney Morning Herald’s Stuart Washington, and they are good […]

3 September 2009
Top 30 stocks

When I kicked off my show, SWITZER on Sky Business Channel on 29 June this year, I told my viewers I wanted to pursue the perfect portfolio over time and then we would add or take from it, tracking its performance over time. I gave myself an imaginary starting point, which was the group of […]

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