(U.K.) ONS Report: Compared with a year earlier, wages excluding bonuses, rose by 3.2% – the biggest rise since the end of 2008 and up slightly on the previous quarter: However, they warned that real wage growth was below the 2015 level: The unemployment total went up for the first time this year, rising by 21,000 in the same period to 1.38 million #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Nov.15: Wages rose at the fastest pace in nearly a decade in the three months to September: Compared with a year ago and adjusting for inflation, average weekly earnings increased by 0.9%. That figure excludes bonuses…………”With faster wage growth and more subdued inflation, real earnings have picked up noticeably in the last few months,” ONS senior statistician Matt Hughes said #AceFinanceDesk reports

  • Firms ‘struggling to recruit as overseas staff stay away’ But Samuel Tombs, an economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, says wages will “struggle” to accelerate much further………………….”Flows of people out of self-employment and into employee roles have remained strong, ensuring that record-high job vacancies don’t lead to spiralling wage growth,” he said.

Wages v inflation graph

The ONS noted that the decline in workers from eastern European countries was “accelerating”, while there had been an “uptick” in British nationals in work.

The unemployment rate went up to 4.1% from 4.0% in the period from July to September…………….Two reasons largely accounted for this – the rising population in the UK and an increase in the number of men out of work………………”Job creation since May has averaged just 2,900 a month. This slowdown in the number of new jobs opening up is likely to feed through into weaker consumer spending in the coming months,” said Mike Jakeman, senior economist at PwC.

Unemployment rate graph

What has happened to the number of EU workers?

Analysis by economics correspondent Andy Verity: You might well have expected it to happen………………The prospect of Brexit and the weak pound seems to have put off some migrants from coming to the UK to work, while others have decided to return to their country of origin. …………………Now we have the strongest evidence so far of that trend – with the number of EU nationals working in the UK falling by 132,000 in the three months from July to September compared with the same period a year before.

While migrant workers coming from the rest of the world grew by 34,000 there is still a net outflow of migrant workers: And it is particularly striking when you focus on the so-called EU 8 – Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia………………..Based on ONS calculations, the number of workers in the UK from those countries (as opposed to more recent joiners such as Bulgaria and Romania) are down 173,000 from the record high of 1.05 million two years ago.

There has been a range of views on the latest wage growth and unemployment figures…………Employment Minister Alok Sharma said that “the benefits of a strong jobs market are paying off”………He added: “With more people now in work then ever before and unemployment almost halving since 2010, we are delivering an economy that gives people the opportunity of a better future.”

However, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady called for a rise in the minimum wage to £10 and added: “Boosting pay packets must be a priority: “Pay is rising at a snail’s pace and wages aren’t expected to return to their pre-crash value for at least another six years.”

Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, said the UK’s impending departure from the European Union had played a part in the rise in the number of people out of work: He said it suggested that “the UK jobs market may be starting to falter under the weight of persistent Brexit uncertainty and chronic skills shortages”.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation highlighted what it said was a record number of job vacancies of 845,000 from August to October – the highest since comparable records began in 2001: Director of policy Tom Hadley said employers were “continuing to experience fundamental challenges in finding the staff and skills that they need”………………These skills shortages would “further intensify over the next few months as EU workers no longer find the UK an attractive place to work”, he added.

Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show. Published: November.14: 2018:

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(HONG KONG) JUST IN: Robyn Denholm, the chief financial officer of Australian telecommunications company Telstra, is replacing Elon Musk as head of Tesla’s board according to a statement #AceFinanceDesk reports

#AceFinanceNews – Nov.08: Tesla has chosen a new leader for its board of directors after Elon Musk was forced to step down: The electric car company said late Wednesday that Musk will be succeeded by Robyn Denholm, the chief financial officer of Australian telecommunications company Telstra: Denholm, who is already a member of Tesla’s (TSLA) board, will begin working at the company full time after her six-month notice period with Telstra is over:To ensure a smooth transition during the remainder of Robyn’s time at Telstra (TLSYY) Elon will be a resource to Robyn and provide any support that she requests in her role as chair,” Tesla said in a statement: Musk agreed to step down as chairman of Tesla and pay a $20 million fine in a deal to settle charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year. He remains CEO of the company he founded #AceFinanceDesk reports

Robyn Denholm has been an independent director at Tesla since 2014.

Tesla also agreed to appoint two new independent directors to its board and establish a committee to oversee Musk’s communications: The settlement was in response to the SEC’s lawsuit against Musk. The regulator claimed Musk misled investors when he tweeted that he had secured funding to take Tesla private at $420 a share, causing the company’s stock to soar. He hadn’t secured the funding, the SEC said.

Under the settlement, Musk can’t seek reelection as chairman for three years, though he is permitted to remain a board member: The appointment of Denholm, an executive with deep experience in corporate finance, comes as Tesla faces intense pressure to fix its balance sheet. Analysts want to see Tesla become consistently profitable, instead of posting sporadic profits every few years.

As head of Tesla’s audit committee since 2014, Denholm has had to deal with Tesla’s rocky finances for years, but as chair of the board, she’ll have more clout………..In a statement, she said she believes in Tesla’s mission and looks forward “to helping Elon and the Tesla team achieve sustainable profitability and drive long-term shareholder value.”

Denholm was promoted to chief financial officer at Telstra just last month: She first joined the Australian telecoms company as chief operating officer in January 2017. During her time in that role, she was part of a team that oversaw a dramatic cost cutting program that included shedding 8,000 jobs…………….Prior to Telstra, she served as a non-executive director and member of the finance and audit committee for Swiss conglomerateABB (ABB).She made her mark in Silicon Valley as vice president and chief financial officer with Juniper Networks (JNPR), a networking equipment and software security company, where she worked for nearly a decade. She also previously worked with Sun Microsystems, the computer and software company now owned by Oracle (ORCL) Denholm also has experience in the car industry, having worked as Australia finance manager for Toyota (TM) for seven years.

Source: CNNBusiness.Com/ Published: November.08: Joe Sutton contributed to this report

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(BEIJING) JUST IN: China will give El Salvador $150 million to spur development of social and technological projects, the Salvadoran president said on Wednesday, the latest sign of deepening ties between the countries that has alarmed the United States #AceFinanceDesk reports

#AceFinanceNews – Nov.08: Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren is returning from his first trip to China since the countries established diplomatic ties in August. Speaking on local television, Ceren said he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the visit and agreed to 13 joint projects, without providing details #AceFinanceDesk reports

The donation marks China’s latest gambit to make inroads in Central America, a campaign that has drawn the ire of the United States: Earlier this year, El Salvador cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China, following the Dominican Republic and Panama. The United States promptly recalled its ambassadors in the region.

“This historic meeting between the governments of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of El Salvador has produced excellent results,” Ceren said. “This confirms that the establishment of diplomatic relations with China is my government’s most important decision in foreign policy.”

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the two countries had agreed to a series of cooperation projects, including in infrastructure and education, when the two presidents met in China last week: “The friendly cooperation between China and El Salvador is developing smoothly and rapidly,” Hua told a daily news briefing………………“China is willing to provide what help it can for El Salvador’s economic and social development. The relevant help will be focused on people’s pressing welfare needs in El Salvador,” she added.

The date when the funds will be received has not been set, a spokesman for the Salvadoran government said: China will also donate three thousand tons of rice to support Salvadorans who are reeling from a drought in July and floods in October, Ceren said.

The White House warned in August that China was luring countries with incentives that “facilitate economic dependence and domination, not partnership.”Self-ruled Taiwan has formal relations with a dwindling number of countries, almost all of them small and less developed nations in Central America and the Pacific.

Source: Reuters.Com/ Published: November.08: 2018: Reporting by Nelson Renteria; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Writing by Julia Love; Editing by Darren Schuettler

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MARKET: #MidTerms Report: Wall Street rallies with Dow rising over 300-points and by the end of trade in Europe, the FTSE 100 closed up 1.1%, the Dax in Frankfurt climbed 0.8% and the CAC 40 in Paris added 1.24%. #AceFinanceDesk reports

#AceFinanceReport – Nov.07: Editor says here’s what we know of the markets: Wall Street rallied on Wednesday despite the prospect of political gridlock after the midterm elections: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 310.88 points, or 1.22%, to 25,946 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq jumped 134 points, or 2%, to 7,510, while the broader S&P 500 index climbed 36 points, or 1.33%, to 2,791.94 #AceFinanceDesk reports

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“Wall Street welcomed the outcome of the midterm elections,” said David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets: “Historically, equity markets have performed well out of a divided Congress as traders feel the government finds it difficult to get new laws passed, and therefore not much changes………”The US economy had positive momentum going into the midterms, and that is likely to continue.”………..The election was held against a backdrop of huge volatility during October that saw many top indices enter technical correction territory………….The main worries included the effect of rising US interest rates and the US/China trade war.

There are predictions that now the election is out of the way, stock market values could start to creep back up towards record values again as buying opportunities are sought: “The rise in popularity of the Democrats could be construed as a vote against Trump’s tough trade stance, and perhaps the White House might soften its position regarding China,” Mr Madden said…………….”There is speculation the Democrats are keen to improve infrastructure, and we are seeing a rally in Caterpillar.”………….The technology and healthcare sectors rose more than 1.5% each with the prospect of restrictive legislation fading because of possible gridlock.

“Mr Trump has set his sights on tech giants like Amazon, and the outcome of the midterms might make it more difficult for him to go after tech titans,” Mr Madden said.

Source: Sky News: Dow jumps 300 points as Trump tightens grip on Senate https://t.co/8sATUAzWU1CNNMoney.Com/ Published: November.07:2018:

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(WASHINGTON) Markets: The final major economic report before Tuesday’s congressional elections show ed that U.S. employers added a stellar 250,000 jobs in October and raised average pay by the most in nearly a decade and unemployment at five decade low of 3.7 percent and pay rose fastest since 2009 #AceFinanceDesk reports

#AceFinanceReport – Nov.03: Friday’s employment report from the government pointed to a consistently robust job market that shows no sign of flagging even with the economy in its 10th year of expansion: Many employers have been struggling to find qualified applicants, which helps explain why average pay rose 3.1 percent over the past 12 months — the fastest year-over-year increase since 2009 #AceFinanceDesk reports

Those higher wages may be drawing more people into the labor market. An influx of new job-seekers increased the proportion of Americans with jobs to its highest level since 2009: By some measures, consumers are the most confident they have been in 18 years, and their spending is propelling brisk economic growth. The economic expansion is now the second-longest on record, and October marked the 100th straight month of hiring, a record streak.Strength in their customer demand has been a key factor leading companies to steadily add workers. Though economists have predicted that hiring will eventually slow as the pool of unemployed Americans dwindles, there’s no sign of that happening yet.

Still, the latest month of healthy job growth might not tip many votes in the midterm elections. Polls have suggested that while Americans generally approve of the economy’s performance, that sentiment hasn’t necessarily broadened support for President Donald Trump or for Republican congressional candidates: The strong job growth and bigger pay increases will likely encourage the Federal Reserve to keep raising short-term interest rates. Most analysts expect the Fed to resume its rate hikes in December.Hurricane Michael, which slammed into the Florida Panhandle and southern Georgia last month, had no discernible effect on the jobs data, the government said.

Still, October’s outsize gain might have reflected, in part, a rebound from September, when Hurricane Florence depressed job growth.Hiring in October was strong in higher- and middle-income jobs: Professional and business services, which include engineers, architects and accountants, gained 35,000 jobs. Manufacturers added 32,000 after two months of smaller gains, defying fears that Trump’s trade fights would slow hiring in that sector. Construction companies added 30,000 positions……………………..Retailers barely hired, adding just 2,400 positions, possibly reflecting the Sears bankruptcy…………………Restaurants and hotels gained 33,000, most of them lower-paying.In the July-September quarter, consumer spending grew by the most in four years and helped the economy expand at a 3.5 percent annual rate. That growth followed a 4.2 percent annual pace in the April-June quarter……………Combined, the two quarters produced the strongest six-month stretch of growth in four years.

Manufacturing output and hiring remain healthy, according to a survey by a private trade association, although increased tariffs have raised factory costs: By contrast, housing remains a weak spot in the economy, with sales of existing homes having fallen for six straight months as mortgage rates have risen to nearly 5 percent. But slower sales have started to limit home price increases, which had been running at more than twice the pace of wage gains.

There are other signs that pay growth is picking up: A measure of wages and salaries rose 3.1 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, the best such showing in a decade, the government said Wednesday……………..Although pay increases can help boost spending and propel the economy’s growth, they can also lead companies to raise prices to cover their higher labor costs………………….That trend, in turn, can accelerate inflation.So far, though, inflation remains in check. The Federal Reserve’s preferred price measure rose 2 percent in September compared with a year earlier, slightly lower

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The Parasites of Western Economy, Part 12: Local councilors and their self-granted benefits.

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

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The Parasites of Western Economy, Part 12: Local councilors and their self-granted benefits.

#parasite, #local council, #oversea junket, #misspending, #budget over-run,

Advanced Western countries (US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many EU countries) have multilayered governments. Governments at the lowest level in that hierarchy are the Local Governments. They are responsible with all matters not delegated to their higher governments.

Typical local governments (such as in Victoria, Australia) are called the Local Councils, they are responsible for the following matters:
Rubbish removal service, Local roads and parks maintenance, Running primary and secondary schools, library service, local hospitals.
They are expressly excluded in the following matters: Foreign Affairs, Defense, All matters delegated to Federal and State governments.

The systems in other advanced Western countries are similar.

Any government in the World obtains its money from taxes imposed on its citizens. However citizens have the herd mentality and are often unconcerned that their money may be in the wrong hands. This sets the scene for parasites to come in and suck the communal treasury. [1-12]

1. The runaway Local governments.

Local Councils are currently not audited and their spending are open to abuse. The budget of any Council can be easily siphoned by:

1a- Excessive costs of “external consultancy” on projects. Councilor candidates should have declared their expertise on projects promised to constituents before standing as candidates for elected offices and external consultancy should not be but have been used as a shield to hide incompetence of elected representatives. [13-21]

1b- Unnecessary expensive costs granted by Councilors to themselves for oversea “study trips” (Councilors should have learned about the costs of their promises before standing as candidates for election). Councilors love going on oversea study trips. Those oversea study trips if necessary should have been delegated to professional specialist employees of Council. [22-32]

1d- Non-transparent tendering on approved project.

1e- Unacceptable accounting method lumping significant costs under the headings “others” to hide specific spending items from tax payers. (The heading “others” in any accounting report should only be used just to avoid its overcrowding, by reducing any of its long lists of competing significant items to less than 10 items long).

2. Reform to Local Government are needed.

Residents have cried out for reform to local governments. The following points should be addressed by any reform:

2a. Taxes (also called rates) by local government should be based on service provided. Currently the collection of Council taxes (also called rates) is capped by a percentage on the values of property (land and houses).

2b- Councils are responsible for the following core activities:

Rubbish removal service, Local roads and parks maintenance, Primary and secondary schools, library service, local health offices.[33]

2c- Each Local Council must have functioning information office at town hall and website for residents to follow its activities and register their objections to its actions.

2d. Issues affecting residents significantly (including major and costly projects) must be made public for significant time through Council information office and website.

2e- Councilors must vote in public by show of hands in meeting at their respective town halls on issues affecting residents significantly (including major projects) but the latter have to be made public. Such decisions should be made subjected to revocation by more than 50% of voting residents registering objection by internet within 4 weeks. [34]

2f- Councils can only have recurrent budget items covering the salaries and expenses on their core activity categories specified in 2b.

2g- Any intended spending on all other activities must be publicized, discussed and approved in public meetings as specified by 2e.

Study costs, especially oversea trips for Councilors (who should have learned about their policy promises before standing up for election) should be banned as elected office holders should not be able to grant “benefits” to themselves. [35-36]

2h- Project spending should be carried out with transparent public tenders.

2i- Councilor candidates must declare their expertise on projects promised to constituents before standing for elected office and external consultancy costs to Council on those promises must be revealed.

As a consequence, a candidate would have to say:

If elected I will pay $1M dollars to get a consultant to give us the price to build a Taj Mahal for the Town Hall

instead of

If elected I will spend $10M dollars to build a Taj Mahal for the Town Hall.

2j- Records of all previous election promises at all elections of each councilor candidate must be declared.

2k- A higher government (such as State government in Australia) should audit Council Budgets annually. This audit should reveal activities which are inefficient or are outside the authorized responsibilities of Councils.

3. Examples of run-away Councils.

3a- Councils now have little idea on how to do its core business of garbage collection and dealing with recyclable wastes. [37]

3b- A local council spend money to promote LGBT in the referendum. This is a human rights issue which is for the Federal government to solve.[38]

The ratepayers of Moreland will be astonished to learn that the council is considering spending their hard-earned dollars in support of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot. This is a human rights issue which is for the Federal government to solve.[39]

3c- Council of Marybyrnong keep the expensive practice of replanting kerbside trees every few years near its Footscray Library.

3d- Council of Brimsbank spent large amount of money to erect a temporary luxury huts promoting “green houses” on Hampshire Road in August-September 2018.

3e- Bayside Council runs its own bus services. [40-41]

3f- Councils running City sisterhood with oversea cities.[42]

Fortunately, the NSW government will crack down on council travel junkets. Under the overhaul, councils will have to disclose what is spent on sister city trips

4. Conclusions.

4a- Reforms to Local Governments are urgently needed.

4b- Every citizen has to be vigilant and report to the higher, supervising Government any cheating he can see at Local Government level. Only by doing so he can avoid being turned into a tax-donkey provider for those cheats. Citizenry must also actively participate in politics to prevent corrupt politicians from turning local tax (also called rate) money into honey pots for themselves and Councilor Offices as their incubator. First hand contact with them will show you their unbounded greed and their contempt for tax payers.

References:

[1]. Investigation into the alleged improper conduct of councillors at Brimbank City Council, https://www.ombudsman.vic.gov.au/Publications/Parliamentary-Reports/Investigation-into-the-alleged-improper-conduct-of

[2]. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-02-27/council-sacked-over-cost-blow-out/1055950

[3]. Council spending: Staff wages blow out council spending costs …, Sunday Herald Sun. May 12, 2018 9:00pm, https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/staff-costs-blow-out-by-500m-and-take-bigger-share-of-councils-spending/news-story/911e5c5c1c363fc569b48538deb79cc7

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[14]. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4874478/cornish-council-75000-poldark-pasties/

[15]. https://www.consultancy.uk/news/13514/st-albans-council-spends-12-million-on-consultants

[16]. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1210682/Haringey-council-spent-24m-consultants-failing-save-Baby-P.html

[17]. https://thestandard.org.nz/auckland-council-it-blowout-guest-post/

[18]. https://i.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/97201238/consultant-costs-drive-34-million-christchurch-city-council-overspend-on-personnel

[19]. https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/104922841/Govt-blames-public-servant-cap-for-blowout-in-consultant-costs-to-550m-a-year

[20]. https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/8300-research-trip-for-arch-called-the-springvale-asian-gateway/news-story/513d52517dc3ea8a1d734e8e9e553fe5

[21]. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-city-council-budget-2017-spending-rates-bonanza-replacing-roads-with-parks-and-malls-20170504-gvyl0u.html

[22]. https://vexnews.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/no-comment-melbourne-greedy-greens-party-councillor-stonewalls-over-junkets/

[23]. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/we-pay-for-more-than-1-million-council-junkets/news-story/4cbbaf2652d30269bcc1c2267ec7bfe8

[24]. https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5234712/mayor-wants-permit-to-fly-on-asia-junket-to-help-create-jobs/

[25]. https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5552345/debate-over-lake-councils-35000-international-study-tour/

[26]. https://www.smh.com.au/national/no-junkets-lord-mayor-packs-his-bags-for-trips-20091102-htgu.html

[27]. https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/council-should-consider-taking-taxpayers-japan-tri/3148138/

[28]. https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/council-reveals-destination-fifth-overseas-trip/3175149/

[29]. Council defends overseas ‘junkets’
http://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-chronicle8992/20140212/281908771038726

[30]. https://www.couriermail.com.au/queensland-ratepayers-forking-out-for-councillors-global-junkets/news-story/f4a4782b76dba20228631b433a8b02ea

[31]. VICTORIAN councils are splashing ratepayers’ money on overseas “junkets” instead of focusing on local issues, https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/melbourne-councils-under-fire-for-asia-junket-spending/news-story/bc7ec9b5b63991dc43f1cc09a0bcdd44

[32]. https://fremantlereform.com/council-cof/cost-of-fremantle-mayors-rate-payer-funded-junket-doubles/

[33]. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-19/queensland-council-recycling-dump-to-start-nationwide-reaction/9673370

[34]. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbournes-most-secretive-council-under-fire-20160622-gpp36m.html

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[36]. https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5234712/mayor-wants-permit-to-fly-on-asia-junket-to-help-create-jobs/

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MARKETS: AUSTRALIA) Shares in troubled financial services firm AMP have failed to fight back from yesterday’s 25 per cent plunge, ending down by nearly 5 per cent at a fresh record low after failing to hold onto the early gains today before the company’s first damaging appearance at the banking royal commission #AceFinanceDesk reports

#AceFinanceReport – Oct.26: After choosing a bad day to reveal news to the market, and being swept up in the global sell-off that saw Australian shares wipe off more than $50 billion in value, AMP shares failed to hold on to early gains today: The stock closed at $2.38, compared to its 2018 high of $5.47 in March — before the company’s first damaging appearance at the banking royal commission #AceFinanceDesk reports

Building with AMP logo on topPhoto: AMP’s reputation and share price have taken a battering since the banking royal commission. (Reuters: David Gray)

AMP’s stints before the commission have revealed lies told to the corporate regulator, interference with an independent report and charging fees for no service, leading to the loss of a chairman, chief executive and a slew of directors.

“Almost from the day it listed 20 years ago, it’s been almost one bad story, or one bad move, after another,” investor and former fund manager Peter Morgan said.

The latest story was confirmation that customers are deserting AMP. Its Australian wealth management division saw a $1.5 billion net outflow of funds over a what it called a “testing” quarter, coming on top of nearly $900 million over the previous six months.

The company also announced the sale of its life insurance business to Resolution Life for $3.3 billion.

Despite the life insurance sector taking a battering at the royal commission, Mr Morgan thinks there was a potential opportunity in an industry “on its knees”.

“The sale feels desperate,” he said.

However, he used the share-price plunge as a buying opportunity, picking up some AMP shares on Friday morning with the hope the potential impacts of the royal commission’s final report are already priced in.

“The pain is well known and the problems are well known, that’s in the market now and hopefully it can’t get any worse,” he said.

There was blood in the streets yesterday.

“When you see a stock fall 25 per cent, following on from a history of negativity, it feels like the last are getting out.”

Embed: AMP share price

‘A sense of arrogance’

The pain has been long-term for AMP shareholders — after the stock peaked above $14 in 2001 — and Morningstar analyst Chanaka Gunasekera thinks management’s short-term focus has been the problem.

They haven’t looked to the long term interests of shareholders,” he said.

Mr Morgan says a “sense of arrogance” has hurt the company since it listed on the market in 1998.

“It’s better to under-promise and overdeliver rather than the reverse, overpromise and underdeliver, which has been basically what AMP has done,” he said.

However, most analysts say the company’s problems are not terminal.

“There are a couple of businesses within AMP that are doing pretty well — you’ve got AMP Capital and AMP Bank,” Mr Gunasekera said.

Mr Morgan thinks management needs to sell their strategy better and is calling for the board to have some skin in the game, to instil confidence in investors.

“If I could say one thing to AMP, I’d say get out there on the front foot and be transparent,” he said.

“I’d love to see the directors buy some shares in it, out of their own back pocket.”

New chief executive Francesco De Ferrari takes the reins in December, with a battered corporate reputation and share price awaiting his attention.

Source: ABC.Net/Reuters.Com/ Published: October.26: 2018:

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JUST IN: Ford is cutting staff as it transforms its business: The second largest US automaker said it was reorganising its global salaried workforce as part of a broader plan to trim costs and revitalise its business but numbers were not announced #AceFinanceDesk reports

#AceFinanceNews – Oct.06: The second largest US automaker said Friday it was reorganising its global salaried workforce as part of a broader plan to trim costs and restructure: “The reorganisation will result in headcount reduction over time and this will vary based on team and location,” a spokesperson said in a statement: The company did not say how many salaried jobs would be trimmed or when the changes would take place. The spokesperson said it would announce specifics at the “appropriate time.” #AceFinanceDesk reports

The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, which were first to report the planned job cuts, said workers were informed on Thursday. The company employs about 200,000 people around the world, including some 70,000 salaried workers, according to the Free Press: In July, Ford said it was making big changes to its core auto division and would spend $11 billion to help it adapt.

The company has not detailed its planned changes, but Ford and top auto makers are focusing on trying to develop self-driving cars: Analysts have been critical of Ford’s lack of transparency: In July, Ford lowered its earnings guidance for the rest of the year. It blamed struggles in Europe and Asia, although its North American division has been performing well.

Shares of Ford have fallen 26% this year. Shares were slightly down on Friday CNN.Com/

Sources: CNN – The Detroit Press – Detroit News – Published: October:2018:

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MARKETS: JUST IN: Unemployment rate drops to 3.7%, lowest in nearly half a century and only 134,000 jobs wer e added due to ‘ Hurricane Florence ‘ with many people working part-time wanting full time j obs as earnings grew 2.8% and markets roar away its reported on Friday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceFinanceReport – Oct.05: The unemployment rate dropped to a half-century low in September, the Labor Department reported Friday: The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in September — the lowest level since December 1969 — signaling how the longest streak of hiring on record has put millions of Americans back to work: However, there was an increase in the number of people working part-time who want full-time work #AceNewsDesk reports

The unemployment rate is now at 3.7 percent, the lowest rate since December 1969, when the jobless rate was 3.5 percent. That’s despite September hiring being slower than expected. “The fall in the unemployment rate is largely due to the ‘right’ reasons: people finding work (i.e. not because people gave up looking),” wrote Elise Gould, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute.

Unemployment fell broadly, indicating that workers across all levels of education are finding work: “Over the last six months to a year, the market has really tightened at the lower-experience level,” said Cathy Barrera, chief economist for ZipRecruiter, an online job platform. “That’s really good news for people with less education and also young people.”

Only 134,000 jobs were added, But that figure was likely depressed by the impact of Hurricane Florence while economists had been expecting about 180,000 jobs to be added. Most say it’s a temporary dip, which battered and flooded the Carolinas in mid-September, during the time the national jobs survey is conducted. Businesses that close temporarily can have a big impact on the jobs numbers, Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, wrote in a note: “[T]he official data only include people who were paid something – anything – in the survey period,” he wrote. People “who could not work because of the storm therefore disappear temporarily from the BLS numbers.”

Other data show the economy roaring ahead. Earlier estimates for job creation in July and August were revised up, so that on average, businesses added nearly 200,000 jobs per month this year — well above the number needed to keep up with a growing population.

Average earnings grew 2.8 percent year-over-year. While that’s still lower than what economists would expect with a rock-bottom unemployment rate, it’s an improvement from the 2.0 percent wage growth seen at the start of this year. Economist Justin Wolfers said September’s data pushes up annualized wage growth over the last three months to a healthy 3.8%.

While nominal wage growth over the past 12 months is only 2.8%, there’s definitely a trend here…

Annualized wage growth over the 3 months ending:
Dec 2017: 2.0%
Mar 2018: 2.4%
Jun 2018: 2.9%
Sep 2018: 3.8%

— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) October 5, 2018

Date Published: October.05:2018:

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(NEW YORK) Gov.Cuomo says the only way to fund the MTA and prevent a subway crisis is to charge motorists a congestion charge but let drivers deduct the fees from their tax returns #AceFinanceDesk reports

#AceFinanceNews – Oct.05: With the subways in crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is abandoning his demand for New York City and its reluctant mayor to fund the MTA, saying congestion pricing is the only option…………..Not to be outdone, Cuomo’s Republican opponent says OK, but let drivers deduct the fees from their tax returns #AceFinanceDesk reports

The line of demarcation would be on West 60th Street, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported: Cross it in a car, truck or taxi going south, and you may soon have to swallow hard and dig deep into your pocket for a congestion fee to enter the central business district: A whopping $11.52 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., if Cuomo accepts the recommendation of his own task force: Cuomo surprised a group of the city’s movers and shakers at the Association for a Better New York by saying up he’s given up on trying to get Mayor Bill de Blasio to cough up some dough, and that congestion pricing is the only viable solution for fixing the subways.

Here are the options: God is going to send down $33 billion… that’s not going to happen,” Cuomo joked. “New York City is going to dig into its pocket and they’re going to ante up, and the state will ante up. That’s not going to happen. There’s only one way it happens, and that is congestion pricing.”

Cuomo dismissed De Blasio’s continued insistence on a millionaire’s tax as “political blather.”…………………..“Well, ideally we would like to have a millionaires tax,” Cuomo said. “Yes, I wish I could be an elected official who lives in the ideal.”

Cuomo’s Republican opponent, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, says once the MTA tightens its belt and eliminates waste and fraud “by reforming expenditures, by holding down costs, by making the system more efficient,” he would support congestion pricing too. But he wants to offer drivers some tax relief.

“Our plan is they would be able to deduct it from the state’s income tax,” Molinaro said.

And while commuters may cheer, drivers are offering a Bronx cheer

“It’s a bad idea. I don’t like it. It’s more expensive. I don’t want to pay extra in a yellow cab. Our business is down we don’t need to pay extra,” a cab driver named Zakia said: Others called congestion pricing a “terrible idea” that would cause people to suffer……….“It’s think it’s a bad idea. We don’t have too much money to pay extra for things in the city,” said Jackson Heights resident Mario Bonilla…………Cuomo said he will ask the legislature to pass congestion pricing when it returns to Albany.

He called on all the movers and shakers at the breakfast today to help convince lawmakers.

Source: CBS Local New York Published: October.04: 2018:

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