Foreign buyers in one in three commercial property deals
AFR, 30 Aug 2017
Foreign investors accounted for one-third of commercial property deals in the first half of 2017.
Property fund manager 360 Capital Group is financing developers
The Australian, 28 Aug 2017
Property fund manager 360 Capital Group is on the way to becoming a major non-bank financier as lending to developers tightens and it seeks to reinvest funds from selling down the bulk of its operations.
Poly taps Grimshaw for tower
The Australian, 31 Aug 2017
Chinese-owned developer Poly Australia, the local arm of Chinese developer Poly Real Estate, is set to put its stamp on a key block near Circular Quay in the Sydney CBD, with architecture firm Grimshaw winning a design competition for a major office tower.
Mirvac's pioneering build-to-rent yield looks good, analysts say
AFR, 1 Sep 2017
The 4.5 per cent initial yield targeted in Mirvac's pioneering effort to develop a build-to-rent apartment project may well be enough to get it over the line, according to analysts.
Australia’s Heritage Bank Halts Investor Lending for Real Estate
Bloomberg, 2 Sep 2017
One of Australia’s biggest customer-owned banks, Heritage Bank Ltd., has temporarily stopped accepting new loan applications from property investors as it seeks to comply with regulation limiting how much it can expand its investment lending book.
Currency & Financial
China capital brake could push money into logistics
AFR, 29 Aug 2017
The logistics sector and associated real estate could be the biggest beneficiary of Chinese investment abroad after China's central government announced strict controls on outbound capital this month.
Overseas property crackdown from China to be 'widely felt'
SMH, 28 Aug 2017
Beijing: A Chinese government crackdown on offshore property deals will be widely felt in countries including Australia, says Trade Minister Stephen Ciobo.
Principal's Jim McCaughan says Australian shares are a 'sell on strength'
AFR, 27 Aug 2017
Whether the Trump administration can forge a better working relationship with US Congress will be critical in determining the direction of global equity markets for the rest of the year, according Jim McCaughan, chief executive of Principal Global Investors which manages $US432 billion.
Australian investors focus too much on positives, says US observer
The Australian, 28 Aug 2017
Listed companies are being priced on positive perceptions, with potential headwinds not factored in, a US-based investor has warned.
Hunter Valley winemakers fear funding package will not benefit regional vignerons
ABC Online, 29 Aug 2017
Vignerons in the New South Wales Hunter Valley have expressed concern country wine regions will miss the benefits of a multi-million dollar federal investment in Australia's wine industry.
'Amazon of China' Alibaba already has supermarkets. Now it wants our food
SMH, 28 Aug 2017
The business world may be enthralled with Amazon's moves to become a major supermarket player, but Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba says it is already strides ahead and is opening up new ways for Australia food producers to access its more than half-a-billion customers.
Australia's Blackmores posts 41 pct full-year profit drop
Reuters, 29 Aug 2017
SYDNEY, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Australia's top vitamin maker Blackmores Ltd reported a 41 percent plunge in full-year profit on Tuesday, as exports to China failed to make up for a precipitous drop in demand from Chinese shoppers in Australia.
Hong Kong billionaire Hui Wing Mau buys majority stake in Bindaree Beef
SMH, 1 Sep 2017
NSW beef processor Bindaree Beef Group has had another crack at securing a Chinese investment partner - this time successfully.
Spring in the bush: Low listing volumes put rural vendors in the box seats
AFR, 3 Sep 2017
Rural vendors could be in the box seats this spring selling season with a low volume of listings, strong demand from cashed-up farmers and corporate investors and rising commodity prices set to push up asking prices for many trophy properties.
Renewable energy booming but could soon turn to bust, analysts warn
SMH, 27 Aug 2017
Australia produced enough renewable energy to power 70 per cent of households last financial year, new data shows, but advocates warn the booming industry will flounder unless the Turnbull government commits to a clean energy target.
Australia invests A$100 mln to secure mining investment, drive discoveries
The Star Online, 2 Sep 2017
MELBOURNE: Australia will commit A$100 million ($79.7 million) to secure private investment in greenfield mineral exploration across the country to drive a new wave of discoveries and restart the flagging mining sector in its west.
Retail & Tourism
Tourism Australia to boost collaboration with China's UnionPay Int'l: trade minister
Xinhua, 29 Aug 2017
CANBERRA, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Australia's peak tourism body Tourism Australia will boost collaboration with China's UnionPay International to "stimulate Chinese visitor spending" in Australia, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo announced through a media release received here on Tuesday.
Australian tourism ministers meet in China in bid to draw more visitors
ABC Online, 28 Aug 2017
Australian federal, state and territory tourism ministers have for the first time jointly held a meeting in Beijing as Chinese visitors are poised to become Australia's biggest market.
THE NON-CHINESE CASHING IN ON AUSTRALIA’S BOOMING DAIGOU BUSINESS
South China Morning Post, 3 Sep 2017
While most daigou are overseas Chinese students or housewives buying products on a small scale for family and friends, there are also some non-Chinese people getting on board the booming industry.
Most international students come to Australia from these countries
SBS, 1 Sep 2017
Australia is considered as one of the top destinations for international students, and had over half a million enrolments in first of half of 2017.
Five mega-hit TV dramas in August
China Daily, 1 Sep 2017
August marks a golden opportunity for the TV drama market as Chinese students enjoy their summer holiday, having more time to involve themselves in the TV plot, and closely follow their favorite superstars.
Fashion model Gigi Hadid under fire for alleged racist behavior
China Daily, 3 Sep 2017
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, one of the world's most beautiful and sexiest shows, has officially confirmed to hit Shanghai in November, but one "angel" may not receive the same hearty welcome as her fellow "angels".