Sydney vendors fail to recognise property slowdown
AFR, 06 Mar. 2018
Discounts are rising and times on market are growing as Sydney vendors fail to check their hopes with the reality of a slowing market.
Global ultra-wealthy buyers keen on Australian property
The Australian, 07 Mar. 2018
The number of ultra wealthy people in Australia is tipped to jump to 1720 over the next five years and more of the world's rich could soon be snapping up prestige Australian homes, a new report found.
Australia's ultra-wealthy to grow 37pc on property, migration: Knight Frank
AFR, 07 Mar. 2018
Australia's population of 'ultra wealthy' will jump 37 per cent over the next five years as rising property and equity values boost fortunes and the country continues to draw wealthy immigrants, Knight Frank says.
Fraud and identify theft 'growing threat' to $1.7 trillion real estate business
AFR, 09 Mar. 2018
Mis-selling, fraud, 'out of control' identity theft and hacking are a growing threat to the nation's $1.7 trillion real estate sector, according to analysis by banking and technology specialists.
Australians’ interest in Japan driving waves of offshore property investment
Domain, 10 Mar. 2018
Australians are taking advantage of Japan’s cheaper property market in droves, with ski towns becoming increasingly popular for investment.
Currency & Financial
RBA lowers economy's investment outlook on manufacturing decline
ABC Online, 07 Mar. 2018
The decline in Australian manufacturing is likely to weigh on the recovery in business investment over coming years, Reserve Bank governor Dr Philip Lowe has warned.
Spotlight: High-level business summit in Australia eyes new opportunities in China
Xinhua, 08 Mar. 2018
SYDNEY, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Although Australia has a resource-based economy with mining and agriculture at the forefront of the country's past successes, business leaders are continuing to search for new opportunities to sustain growth and compete in the ever changing economic landscape.
China launch for top investment platform
Australia China Business Review, 09 Mar. 2018
One of Australia’s biggest private investment platforms is gearing up to launch its services in China, tapping into increasing demand for Australian investment opportunities from high-net-worth individuals and professional investors.
Chinese investors eye Australian private equity through Noah Holdings
AFR, 11 Mar. 2018
New York-listed Chinese high-net-worth wealth manager Noah Holdings launched its first Australian office in Melbourne on Friday, with plans to invest up to $2 billion in Australian private equity deals over the next four years.
Aussie farmers eye Chinese meat markets
News.com.au, 07 Mar. 2018
Just mentioning Australia when selling meat in China is enough to attract the lofty prices which have opened ultra-premium markets to livestock farmers.
Foreign owners help Australian farms 'flourish'
SMH, 08 Mar. 2018
The Consolidated Pastoral Company, a huge beef enterprise with Australian cattle stations covering about 5.5 million hectares, is a “great example” of how a local agricultural business "can flourish and grow" with support from foreign investment, according to the company’s chief executive.
Australia Is Selling $280 Steaks to the Chinese
Bloomberg, 08 Mar. 2018
Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart is boosting her cattle herd in the world’s third-biggest beef exporter to serve up more premium steak to discerning customers in China.
Falling off the sheep’s back: Why Australia can't capitalise on record wool prices
SMH, 09 Mar. 2018
Sheep farmers in rural Australia waited more than half a century for wool prices to come roaring back, only to find there aren't enough shearers to trim their golden fleeces.
Rio Tinto's last two coal mines set to attract bids over $3b
SMH, 10 Mar. 2018
At least three bidders are expected to submit final offers for global miner Rio Tinto's Hail Creek and Kestrel coal mines, which could fetch up to $US2.5 billion ($3.2 billion), people familiar with the process said.
Retail & Tourism
China Outbound Tourism Hits Record High in 2017
Caixin Global, 05 Mar. 2018
Buoyed by rising incomes, favorable exchange rates and easier visa processes, outbound travel from China hit another record last year, a new survey showed.
Tencent’s WeChat hits 1 billion milestone as Lunar New Year boosts monthly active users
South China Morning Post, 05 Mar. 2018
WeChat’s monthly user numbers pass 1 billion, up from 980 million in third quarter last year, boosted by Lunar New Year social media activity
One Belt One Road: China lists $400m Gold Coast theme park as 'key project' of global initiative
ABC Online, 05 Mar. 2018
China's Ministry of Culture has listed a Chinese developer's planned Gold Coast theme park as a "key cultural trade and investment project" that is linked to the country's ambitious Belt and Road investment plan.
Australian universities' student recruitment from China flatlines
Times Higher Education, 05 Mar. 2018
Australian universities’ intake of students from China has flatlined, in a worrying sign for the nation’s third biggest export industry and the coffers of its most prestigious universities.
More than a quarter of int'l students in Australia are from China: data
Xinhua, 07 Mar. 2018
More than 600,000 international students studied in Australia in 2017, with China, India and Malaysia taking up the largest proportion, Universities Australia's data showed on Wednesday.
Love Tricks or Self-Help? The Singles Paying to Find Love
Sixth Tone, 08 Mar. 2018
SICHUAN, Southwest China — With his car, apartment, and steady job, Zhang Wenjie might seem like a catch.
Picture of grace: 71-year-old model shines on Taobao
China Daily, 08 Mar. 2018
A 71-year-old female on Taobao has become a role model for many women in the country.