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A Financial Tale of Two Cities

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Describes the intense commercial rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne over a period of 150 years. While Sydney was established nearly 50 years before Melbourne, the great wealth generated by the Victorian goldfields soon gave Melbourne an unassailable position as the continent's richest centre of commerce. The story of this contest for commercial supremacy is based on Jim Bain's own long experience in the Australian financial-services industry, and particularly his exposure to the competition and fierce rivalry that existed between the leading Melbourne- and Sydney-based banks, merchant banks, fund managers and stockbrokers. Bain focuses on the roles played by several financial institutions - and key personalities - over many decades.
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Foreword by Professor Warren Hogan; Author's note; Background to this story; Introduction; Part I: The stockbrokers; Chapter 1: The reign of JB Were & Son; Chapter 2: Melbourne challengers: Ian Potter and AC Goode; Chapter 3: Sydney fields major players; Chapter 4: Ord Minnett competes with Melbourne; Chapter 5: Bain & Company levels the playing field; Chapter 6: Specialist and family firms; Chapter 7: Melbourne and Sydney Stock Exchanges; Part II: The merchant banks; Chapter 8: Growth of the merchant banks; Chapter 9: Overseas banks and stockbrokers dominate; Part III: The banks and finance companies; Chapter 10: Trading with the banks: Sydney; Chapter 11: Trading with the banks: Melbourne; Chapter 12: New banks and finance companies; Chapter 13: Banking between the two cities; Part IV: Other influential players; Chapter 14: Fund managers; Chapter 15: Futures trading in Sydney; Chapter 16: State governments and power politics; Chapter 17: Regulators in the finance industry; Epilogue: Sydney versus Melbourne; Appendices; References; Notes; Index.

About the Author

Jim Bain AM, now farmer and company director, retired stockbroker and banker, has enjoyed an illustrious career in Australian business; he is a doyen of Sydney's financial community, and has been one of its leading figures for more than 40 years. Employed at Bain & Company from 1947 to 1987 (and Senior Partner from 1972 to 1987), he was Chairman of Natwest Australia Bank 1985 - 91 and a Member of the Sydney Stock Exchange 1954 - 92, and its Chairman from 1983 to 1987. Bain was awarded membership of the Order of Australia in 1986, for services to commerce, and in May 2003 was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian Society through the arts and business. Bain is the author of the autobiographical The Remarkable Roller Coaster, Forty Years in the Australian Finance Industry.

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