Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden analyses and comments on business, the markets and the economy.

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Abbott win no guarantee of blue sky

Malcolm Maiden Business conditions are subdued, but nowhere near recession levels.

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For BHP, executive bonuses are all relative

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Malcolm Maiden BHP has become more interested in the other guy's share price than their own.

ASX still looking for the sweet spot

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Malcolm Maiden Will a rally in trading activity, that carried the ASX into positive territory, continue?

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Exchange still looking for sweet spot

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Malcolm Maiden The market rally has not yet translated into a sustained increase in trading activity.

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Market rally no clear win for ASX

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Malcolm Maiden Market trading numbers for the first seven weeks of the ASX's new financial year confirm that the market rally is not yet supercharging its earnings.

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Snowball gets monkey off his back

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Malcolm Maiden The Suncorp CEO's claim to have made a ''break with the past'' is likely to prove correct.

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Suncorp sets itself free

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Malcolm Maiden Suncorp boss Patrick Snowball’s claim that the group has made a ‘‘break with the past’’ is likely to prove correct.

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Mackenzie feels the resources pinch

Malcolm Maiden BHP and Rio Tinto are Australia's two mining whales, and they are swimming through similar, slightly chilly water.

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Rio, BHP use different tools of the trade

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Malcolm Maiden BHP and Rio Tinto are Australia’s two mining whales and they are swimming through similar waters this year as the resources bubble deflates.

Forrest maintains ore-inspiring optimism

Malcolm Maiden Twiggy Forrest obviously missed Kevin Rudd's announcement that the mining boom is over.

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Supermarkets remain the powerhouse

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Malcolm Maiden The two bad results at Wesfarmers were counterbalanced by three very good ones.

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Coles continues to shine for Wesfarmers

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Malcolm Maiden Coles boss Ian McLeod continues to shoot the lights out for Coles’ owner, the Wesfarmers group.

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How CSL got golden shot in the arm

Malcolm Maiden CSL and CBA are great Australian companies, with different but similarly powerful customer franchises.

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Numbers puzzle yet to pan out

Malcolm Maiden If the PEFO is to be believed, Australia is a rock-solid enterprise with a cash-flow problem.

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News boss departs, but problems remain

Malcolm Maiden Kim Williams is gone, but the problems he was attempting to address remain.

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Print outsider Kim Williams loses last battle

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Malcolm Maiden The recent arrival of former New York Post editor Col Allan with a short term brief to "take the tabasco" to News’ titles was widely regarded as an ominous sign for Kim Williams.

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Thodey has to keep the wheels turning

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Malcolm Maiden The Telstra CEO needs to find new businesses to replace those killed off by the internet.

Thodey sweating the big stuff at Telstra

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Malcolm Maiden The business that Telstra chief executive David Thodey is running is a bit of a paradox right now. Run efficiently but uninspiringly, it will churn out money for its shareholders for years, but also...

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BHP seeks home advantage

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Malcolm Maiden The Big Australian is back. The world's biggest resources group is reclaiming its identity.

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Stevens tries to unlock cash pile

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Malcolm Maiden The bank is targeting a money mountain that has built up from two sides.