John Robertson

John Robertson is a director of an equity fund manager based in Melbourne, Australia.  His extensive commercial experience includes cross border mergers and acquisitions and commodity trading in London and New York.  He has been chief financial officer of an ASX listed investment company and a senior executive in the finance and strategy division of a top 20 ASX listed industrial company.

As a professional economist, John has worked as chief economist and a resources sector investment strategist at one of Australia’s leading investment banks and as an independent adviser and consultant.  He began his professional career as a government policy economist in Canberra.

As well as his portfolio management activities, John takes a special interest in corporate governance and the strategic issues affecting business, especially in the mining and natural resources industries.  He writes weekly columns on these matters.  He is also a member of the human research ethics committee of one of Melbourne’s leading medical institutions.

Man versus machine
8 Aug 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: automation, business ethics, financial markets
Like a runaway train, a berserk computer nearly sent a leading US stockbroker into bankruptcy last week. It could happen again.

After LIBOR: looking for a line in ethical sand
2 Aug 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: business ethics, financial crisis, LIBOR
Will we ever eliminate financial scandals? Probably not. If you put cheese at the end of a laboratory maze, eventually the mice will get there.

Bonus rage and its pitfalls
15 May 2009 | FEATURES |  
When the dust of the AIG payouts has settled we may face a future as slaves of the corporate bottom line.

Global credit crisis: is greed the culprit?
5 Nov 2008 | FEATURES |  
Focusing exclusively on greed as the culprit in the global credit crisis is a distraction from more complex sources of instability.

Corporate apparatchiks
14 Dec 2007 | FEATURES |  
Forget about the free market. Today's executives maintain their outrageous salaries by strategies predicted by Karl Marx.

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