The Take

Make Love Not Medcraft26/10/17

QUTEFS Publication Director, Alex Conroy, discusses the legacy of the departing Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the effects of the latest from the Bank Bill Swap Rate (BBSW) investigation in this week’s this edition of The Take: As the Corporate top cop looks to hang up…

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ICO vs IPO: Why you should know the difference19/10/17

Image: Crypto News, 2016 EFS Alumnus and Operations Analyst at SmartBooks Online Peter Park discusses the ins and outs of Initial Public Offerings and Initial Coin Offerings in this week’s edition of The Take: Disclosure: I’m not a blockchain expert. Therefore, this article represents my own interpretation and understanding of blockchain, ICO and different…

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2017 Nobel Prize in Economics12/10/17

Image by Nobel Prize Organization On 10 December 1896, Alfred Nobel died, bequeathing his will to the creation of the Nobel Prizes so that his estate could be used ‘For the greatest benefit to mankind’. Unfortunately for the economic sciences, it wasn’t present in the original five categories or Physics,…

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Is Seventh time’s the charm the magic number for North Korean sanctions?05/10/17

QUTEFS’ new Publication Director, Alex Conroy, revisits the issue of North Korea’s economy and what the latest round of sanctions means for this undisputed member of the nuclear club in this edition of The Take: North Korea has continued to vie for dominance in the headlines since we wrote about them in…

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Oil One Year On23/08/17

One of the first articles I wrote covered what was, at the time, a massive crash in oil prices. It seems fitting that one year on, one of my final articles reviews the changes since then. As expected, even now the price has not risen above $50 per barrel since…

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Liechtenstein – Transitioning from a Tax Haven09/08/17

Liechtenstein is a small nation in Europe bordering Austria and Switzerland. Having the approximate area of Brisbane and a population of less than 40,000, it’s no surprise that this country rarely comes up in conversation. But Liechtenstein does have a large financial services sector, remains one of the wealthiest nations…

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Setting your Career Goals02/08/17

In a market where graduates are having a harder time finding employment, it is becoming more and more important to set your career goals early on. Knowing what you want to do, and how you want to get there, or having a plan in mind, can help you get the…

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How is the North Korean economy growing through sanctions?26/07/17

Talk of the isolated Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, ‘North Korea’) has dominated the media over the past few weeks amid escalating North-South tensions as well as ongoing missile tests in the North. The United Nations, European Union and USA are constantly threatening a variety of sanctions over the…

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HECS changes on the way04/05/17

It would appear that the government has no intention of slowing down in their cutbacks on spending and attempts to increase revenue – last week we spoke about the potentially short-sighted changes to GST, and now we are looking at some upcoming changes to HECS debt repayments. For many students,…

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Leveling the playing field with GST27/04/17

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been an integrated part of Australian capitalism since the year 2000, and while there has always been discussion about its application to foreign purchases, it is only now that the government has put its intentions forward, with a proposal to expand GST to…

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The State of China20/04/17

China has been a powerhouse of economic growth in the past decade, with its construction and infrastructure booms leading to the high demand for Australian resources that many believe aided our economy through the Global Financial Crisis. However, nothing can grow forever, and China is now starting to see some…

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Raponomics06/04/17

QUTEFS’ Secretary and Typewriter Senior Editor Zac Brown discusses the economics of rap in this weeks Take: Commonly, rap music is associated with poverty, unintelligence, broken dreams and drug use, and that’s but a few negative connotations. In contrast however, the genre also has stories of overcoming adversity. Upon success,…

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Concerns for Graduate Employment30/03/17

Go to university, study hard, and graduate. For many young adults, these were the ‘keys to success’ given during childhood. Unfortunately, that generation has now aged up into one of the toughest graduate employment markets in history, at a time where young people, both educated and not, are struggling to…

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The Frontier of Negative Rates23/03/17

We’ve discussed the trend of developed countries pursuing record-low interest rates in the past, and that trend continued into late 2016 despite modest economic growth over the year. Numerous countries are still holding cash rates low and steady, and most central banks have given little indication of whether they will…

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The Internship Process15/03/17

It’s the time of year where internship applications have well and truly opened – those students out there who are dedicated may already have applied to several, while others might only just be looking into it now. While the graduate career pathway isn’t for everyone, doing an internship can certainly…

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Why a mentor is more important than an internship08/03/17

Don’t be average. Get ahead of your pack I’m assuming you are reading this because you are competitive as hell and want to do well in life. So I want to tell you a tip to get you ahead of your pack which I wish someone told me about when…

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Going Long with Trump16/11/16

QUTEFS’ Secretary and Typewriter senior editor Zac Brown takes a look at the unexpected Trump victory in the US Presidential elections in this week’s edition of The Take: I think the opinion of many people is that right now, things aren’t looking that good both socially and politically. On the…

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Housing Affordability09/11/16

Publications director Nate discusses the potential drop of inner-city apartment prices in this week’s edition of The Take. Most people will acknowledge that houses in Australia are, unfortunately, far too expensive for the average young person to afford. Certainly there are outliers of young people managing to buy their first…

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Side Stepping Venture Capital02/11/16

Peter Park covers a brief introduction into the world of Venture Capital in this week’s edition of The Take. What is Venture Capital? Venture Capital (VC) is not something you come across every day, but the principles of VC are invaluable in the world of finance. VC is a way…

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Deutsche Sank26/10/16

QUTEFS’ Events and Projects Director, Joshua Evans, takes a close look at the problems facing Deutsche Bank in this week’s edition of The Take: One of the largest international investment banks, Deutsche Bank AG, has long been haunted by the ghosts of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, where the German…

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Brexit Negotiations19/10/16

QUTEFS Publications Officer and first year finance student, Joel Jensen, gives an update on the UK leaving the EU, and the potential impact this will have on the broader European economy. Ever since the United Kingdom surprisingly voted to leave the European Union, the citizens of Britain, as well as…

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The Era of Exponential12/10/16

QUT Finance Student and financial planner at Life Balance Financial Professionals, James Marriott, provides this week’s Take: Once upon a time, business as usual was good enough. However, where we are going; good enough is dead. We live in an era where technology inspired by last century’s Sci-Fi fantasies are…

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Saudi Arabia, OPEC and Aramco05/10/16

Publications director Nate covers the recent OPEC production cut decision, and the possibility of a Saudi Aramco IPO in this week’s edition of The Take. Just last week the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to begin reducing oil production, with the announcement causing a brief spike in…

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The Private Equity Primer28/09/16

QUTEFS President Ryan Nolan writes about the dynamic field of private equity in this week’s edition of The Take: If you have so much as a casual interest in finance, the chances are that you’ve probably heard of private equity. You might know them as vultures, sappers of your Superannuation…

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The Pursuit of Inflation21/09/16

QUTEFS’ Publication Director, Nate Hentschel, covers the growing trend of monetary easing in this week’s edition of The Take: The actions of central banks in controlling monetary policy often influences the domestic economy in powerful ways. While the aim of such policies is typically to achieve a variety of macroeconomic…

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Tesla and SolarCity’s financially motivated merger14/09/16

QUTEFS’ Secretary and Typewriter senior editor Zac Brown discusses what has been shaping up to be a very negative 2016 for Tesla CEO Elon Musk in this week’s edition of The Take: Electricity must really not be conducted by water. Tesla and SolarCity, two of Elon Musk’s major investments, have…

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What best complements a rich Apple? Tax avoidance.07/09/16

QUTEFS’ Events and Projects Director, Joshua Evans, reviews Apple’s controversial tax scandal in this edition of The Take: Apple board members have been given food for thought as they ponder how aggressive their tax avoidance strategies should be. This comes as the European Commission discovered that Apple’s corporate structure in…

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Oil’s Giant Drop31/08/16

QUTEFS’ new Publication Director, Nate Hentschel, discusses the tumultuous global oil industry and what might be coming next for the commodity market in this edition of The Take: The oil industry has historically been, by its very nature, a volatile and cyclical market. Crude oil prices have had a tremendous…

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IN DEFENCE OF ECONOMICS – A PASSIONATE TAKE11/04/16

Our Chief Business Editor, Jackson Barton recently penned an op-ed piece for “The Wealth Academy” in conjunction with the QUT Economics and Finance Society. Full text below: I’m of the strong belief that economics is something really overlooked in modern academia. In high school, many staff and students dismiss it…

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FOOL’S GOLD: VOLATILE 2016 FORECAST FOR A COMMODITY LOSING RELEVANCE04/03/16

Newly-minted Business Correspondent Jack Nolan discusses the yearly outlook for gold as a tradeable commodity – for what is historically considered to be an enormously safe investment, the commodity is shaping up to be in for a rough 2016. Our Chief Business Editor, Jackson Barton, welcomes Jack to the Business…

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THE ECB’S BOLD MOVE: LOWER INTEREST RATES AND MORE QE11/02/16

Typewriter Business Correspondent, Zac Brown, and Business Analyst Anton Balint have collaborated on a piece discussing the significant development out of Frankfurt yesterday that the ECB has expanded their unprecedented QE and bond-buying programme as well as cutting key interest rates. On March 10, 2016, the European Central Bank has…

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