Blue Ribbon Awards 2014: The winners

Staff writers | Get your goals off to a good start by making sure the banking, investment or insurance product you use has been named the best of 2014.

Australian Equity Indices

Points Change % Change Value Volume
S&P/ASX 200 5,645.6 + 6.7 + 0.12% $ 3,696,181,387.0 569,739,120.0
S&P/ASX 200
ALL ORDINARIES 5,640.5 + 6.5 + 0.12% $ 3,858,554,809.0 774,493,091.0
ALL ORDINARIES
S&P/ASX 100 4,688.9 + 4.9 + 0.10% $ 3,299,448,886.0 398,674,049.0
S&P/ASX 100
SMALL ORDS 2,285.9 + 6.7 + 0.29% $ 505,526,508.0 278,221,375.0
S&P/ASX SMALL ORDINARIES
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Market Summary

Price % Chg
AGO ATLAS IRON $ 0.630 - 8.03%
MRM MERMAID MR $ 2.320 + 6.91%
BRU BURUENERGY $ 0.855 + 5.56%
MGX MT GIBSON $ 0.710 - 4.70%
ARI ARRIUM $ 0.825 - 4.07%
STO SANTOS $ 15.160 + 3.91%
IGO IND GROUP $ 4.500 - 3.85%
BRG BREVILLE $ 7.370 + 3.80%
TRS REJECTSHOP $ 9.670 + 3.76%
SKT SKY NET TV $ 6.110 + 3.74%

Commodities

Price Change % Chg
BRENT SPOT (USD/BBL) 100.170 0.000 0.00%
LIGHT CRUDE OCT4 (USD/BBL) 93.560 - 0.400 - 0.43%
NAT GAS SEP14 (USD/MMBTU) 3.853 - 0.036 - 0.93%
Bid Ask Bid Chg Bid % Chg
GOLD (USD/OZ) 1280.87 1281.35 + 3.88 + 0.30%
SILVER (USD/OZ) 19.50 19.55 + 0.09 + 0.46%
PLATINUM (USD/OZ) 1421.80 1425.80 + 9.40 + 0.67%
PALLADIUM (USD/OZ) 880.50 884.50 + 6.30 + 0.72%

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Currencies

AUD USD EUR JPY GBP
AUD AUD 0.932 0.702 96.59 0.562
USD 1.0724 USD 0.7532 103.64 0.6028
EUR 1.4236 1.3274 EUR 137.58 0.8004
JPY 0.0103 0.0096 0.0073 JPY 0.0058
GBP 1.7781 1.6581 1.2489 171.86 GBP

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| When Smart Investor interviewed Phosphagenics boss Dr Esra Orgu for our aptly named CEO Hot Seat feature back in 2012, who knew that she would plead guilty to her role in a theft of around $6.1 million from the firm just two years later! Looking back on the interview, there were a couple of red flags. In hindsight, the good doctor’s keen interest in, ahem, “race horse supplements” as a growth market should have sounded a bit fishy. That’s before we even consider the company’s flagship product, a delivery system for oxycodone which sought to deliver the blockbuster opioid directly into the bloodstream for periods of “up to three days”. A product investors might be keen to test themselves, with the share price down 59 per cent from its 2012 peak.

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| It’s tough going in the advice business these days, with everyone from David Murray down looking to give you a kick. At times like these, all you can do is put your head down and enjoy some of the perks of the job, with extravagant study tours still on the agenda for many. Alas, it is not to be for the team at Genesys Wealth Advisers, who may have been looking forward to sampling the sweet delights of Switzerland at a Geneva Business School conference next month. Until it was cancelled, that is. While Genesys is “proudly part” of wealth management giant AMP, the financial advice firm is “undergoing strategic review”, a source told us. We presume that might have extended to a cost-benefit analysis of sending a plane load of financial advisers to the birthplace of fondue and Roger Federer.

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| The Australian Security and Investment Commission’s market supervision report has been required reading for finance journalists ever since the responsibility was handed from the ASX to the corporate cop. While they sometimes can contain nuggets of useful information, they tend to be a little on the dry side. The latest edition included details about a number of high-profile insider trading cases including the ABS, which netted its perpetrators a profit of $7 million, as well as a lesser-known case involving UCL Resources that delivered one accessory a net benefit of just $2769. Call us frivolous, but a tick under three grand is probably not something we’d go risking our career- and lifestyle - over. He’d have spent more than that on lawyers at his first day in court.

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