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Projects to adapt to climate change have come a long way since the 1960s when piles of cars were used to fight beach erosion. Griffith University

Australian investors want bankable projects that help us adapt to climate change

To pay for the increasing costs of climate change Australia should have green bonds that finance projects that help us adapt. However research shows there are barriers to financing these bonds.
Just like the characters of The Big Short, its time to pick up the warning signs of a global financial crisis. Paramount Pictures

Shadow banking increases the risk of another global financial crisis

The financial products offered by the shadow banking sector allow investors to be further removed from their investments and banks to escape regulation, increasing the risk in the sector overall.
Australian startups are trying to develop better algorithms to offer financial advice. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Business Briefing: trusting an algorithm with investment decisions

Business Briefing: trusting an algorithm with investment decisions. The Conversation13.9 MB (download)
Financial advice was once the realm of bankers and brokers now startups are developing digital platforms to take advantage of how trusting we are of investment advice from computers.
A TV cameraman shoots a Madame Tussauds Museum figure of US Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps at Banneker Pool in Washington, to coincide with the opening of the Rio Olympics on August 5. Gary Cameron/Reuters

Business Briefing: the big bucks of broadcasting the Olympics

Business Briefing: the big bucks of broadcasting the Olympics. The Conversation16 MB (download)
The amount broadcasters will pay for the rights to the Olympics keeps going up, but is the value of the rights changing?
Isn’t always easy to practice what you preach – even inadvertently. Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA

Why ethical investing is hard for big charities

Health charities should probably avoid investing in booze – but sometimes it can be hard to tell. So how do charities avoid the pitfalls?
Artworks by deceased South African artist Helen Martins. The cultural and creative industries are key for social and economic development. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Why art and culture contribute more to an economy than growth and jobs

South Africa is increasingly beginning to focus on the potential role cultural and creative industries can play in job creation and economic growth.
What can a trader learn from a tweet? Reuters

Can Twitter help you beat the stock market?

Real-time analysis of Twitter data has been successfully used to predict elections, flu outbreaks and box-office results. So could it also be used on the stock market?
A cash cube representing the $18.8 billion dollars of unclaimed superannuation (2011 amount). Dean Lewins/AAPImage

CSIRO-led research to model superannuation spending

How older Australians spend their superannuation and the impact of suggested legislative changes on retirees, will be the…
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…
Foster’s chairman David Crawford is under pressure from a hostile bid from SABMiller. AAP

It’s hard to see why shareholders won’t ditch Foster’s

If I were a shareholder in Foster’s, which is facing a hostile takeover bid from global brewer SABMiller, there are three questions that I would ask myself before deciding whether to sell my stake. First…

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