Insurance premiums are expected to fall as a slowing economy hits the profitability of insurers, while insurers will have to fighter harder for customers.

Estia on track to meet forecasts

Increasing occupancy levels sees agedcare provider Estia Health reap $137.2m in 2014/15 first half revenue and means its on track to meet forecasts.
Vocation chief executive Mark Hutchinson will step down after the company flagged a $27 million first half loss.
The latest Westpac/Melbourne Institute Leading Index is indicating there will be below trend economic growth this year.
A lower Australian dollar might be good for the economy but consumers are seeing it as bad news.
Tumbling oil and iron ore prices have scrapped a takeover bid for engineering firm Bradken, wiping more than 30 per cent from its share price.
Aurizon says it is on track to meet its full year rail volumes guidance despite a weak December quarter.
Oz Minerals has launched a strategic review of its operations after beating its 2014 production guidance for both gold and copper
Borrowers shouldn't expect a rate cut from the Reserve Bank just yet, economists say, despite cheap fuel dragging inflation to near three year lows.

Entrepreneurs heading for Antarctica

More than 100 Australian entrepreneurs are heading to Antarctica for the delayed start of a major think tank designed to drive innovation.
Anti fracking advocates say they are not surprised dangerous chemicals were found in at an AGL Energy fracking site in NSW.
Full-time professionals are expected to be lumped with sluggish pay rises in 2015 unless they are accountants in Brisbane or IT experts in Melbourne.

Funtastic expects a half year loss

Funtastic says it has taken steps to ensure a return to profitability in the second half of fiscal 2015.

Lower iron ore price hurts Fortescue

The price of iron ore has been beaten down because of slowing demand for steel in China.
Dwindling business conditions and worrying levels of business confidence are fuelling calls for a rate cut from the Reserve Bank in coming months.

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