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Andrew Whitelaw

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Some entertaining solutions for harvesting!

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 10 November 2017

The Australian harvest has started, and most areas will be in full swing within the next fortnight. There will be some long days and nights ahead of you in the header.

Let's be honest, harvest can get a bit boring. To alleviate that boredom, each of the Mecardo analysts have provided a recommendation of a podcast which they enjoy to help you wile away the hours.

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Topics: Agriculture

Trump has won, now what?

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 10 November 2016

As you will be aware the United States have elected their 45th President. In what can only be considered a heated contest, Trump was victorious. The media and the pollsters got it all wrong, but they were also wrong about Brexit. During the campaign, policy took a back seat to personal attacks. In this update, we will highlight the initial obvious impacts likely to be felt on agriculture.

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Topics: markets, Politics

Mecardo are on tour!

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 5 August 2016

The GRDC are running a series of farm business updates during August and September. Mecardo are excited to have been invited along to present at events across the east coast. 

The GRDC Farm Business Update provides a unique forum for growers and advisers to learn from, and network with, leading industry professionals. 

The Mecardo team will be contributing the first presentation for each day. Our presentation will be titled 'Getting a gauge on the market', and will be used to set the scene for the following presenters. 

We recommend attending these events, as it is a good opportunity to get some new insights

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2016/17 Federal Budget - Agriculture highlights

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 4 May 2016

The treasurer Scott Morrison released the federal budget last night. It was largely bereft of any major surprises with hints in the days leading up to the budget of it being in favour of small businesses and middle income earners.

In this blog post we have highlighted some of the budget items impacting on agriculture and agribusiness.

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Topics: Agriculture

Disruptive financing models in agriculture

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 19 February 2016

In the last few years there has a been an upsurge in ‘disruptive’ business models revolutionising the way we live. The biggest examples of this disruption has been in the taxi industry (Uber), travel accommodation (Airbnb) and project financing (crowd funding).

In this article we are going to look at three alternative financing models emerging in agriculture which may disrupt the traditional avenues for revenue raising in the coming years. It is regularly pronounced that Australia is going from the ‘mining boom’ to ‘dining boom’. However, the opportunities for small scale investors have been limited; will new models solve this?

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Topics: financing, crowdfunding, agriculture debt, p2p lending, peer to peer lending, fractional investment, disruptive finance