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Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says Medibank Private shares are expected to cost retail investors around $1.55-$2 per share. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Medibank Private float offers retail investors an early Christmas gift

The privatisation of Medibank Private will be complete next Tuesday when the company lists on the Australian Securities Exchange. That’s exactly one month before Christmas Day and all indications suggest…
The sale of Medibank private is unlikely to compensate taxpayers for the loss of future revenue. AAP

Undervaluing Medibank Private: taxpayers face a raw deal

The IPO of Medibank Private is set to take place on November 25, and the indicative share price range in the prospectus released today suggests a market capitalisation of between A$4.3 billion and A$5.5…
He’s having a laugh: Jack Ma with the NYSE traders. Justin Lane/EPA

Alibaba feeding frenzy shows how little we have learnt

Greed is still good. Wall Street has just witnessed its largest ever stock market launch as Chinese internet giant Alibaba raised some $25 billion and watched its share price rise by 35% on its first day’s…
English teacher Jack Ma founded Alibaba 15 years ago. World Economic Forum/Flickr

China’s Alibaba cries ‘open sesame’ to US market

The upcoming IPO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is likely to be the biggest the US market has seen. At an expected US$20 to $25 billion, it would be one and a half times bigger than Facebook’s IPO…
Cable is facing the music. Kerim Okten/EPA

Royal Mail row shows we still don’t understand markets

Business secretary Vince Cable and the boss of the City is facing questions from parliamentary committees this week over the much-maligned sale of a stake in Royal Mail. So will we finally have a definitive…
The government has decided to privatise Medibank Private. Now they have to ensure taxpayers get maximum value from the sale. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Privatising Medibank: will an IPO deliver for taxpayers?

The planned sale of Medibank Private by IPO continues a trend of privatisation that commenced with the Commonwealth Bank in 1991. While the debate about the merits of privatisation continues, it’s also…
Freelancer brings together employers and casual workers in what the market has determined is a billion dollar business. ojtibi/Flickr

Freelancer’s IPO: A billion reasons to care

Online labour marketplace Freelancer.com listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) on Friday and saw immediate gains on its initial stock price of 50 cents to a high of A$2.60 before closing at A$1.60…
Sports fans in the US are being offered the chance to buy shares in their favourite athlete, so what’s stopping the same thing happening in Australia? AAP/David Crosling

Invest in your favourite athlete? What could possibly go wrong…

“You just lost 9% of your value, what’s your response to that?” That’s how an interview with your favourite football player might kick off if US startup Fantex succeeds in building a global trading market…
Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo, faces the challenge of adding value to the company’s shares, without detracting from the user experience. AAP

Twitter’s IPO: what we know so far

In a tweet that could represent US$110 million for every one of its 135 characters, Twitter last week announced that it would be following fellow social network providers Facebook and LinkedIn in becoming…
Going public is not without its risks, even for internet giants. Peter DaSilva/EPA

Facebook IPO – what it means for Zuckerberg and you

Facebook announced overnight that it’s going to sell US$5 billion of shares in its long-awaited initial public offering (IPO). Company executives filed the official paperwork to get the IPO process underway…
Is LinkIn’s successful float a harbinger of a looming tech bubble? AAP

LinkedIn is floating on air… or is that a bubble?

LinkedIn’s highly successful share market debut on Wall Street overnight will have no doubt delighted the social networking site’s founders and investors, with the stock’s price more than doubling during…

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