Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden

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

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RBA's call is correct weight for the dollar

Malcolm Maiden Currency traders were right to trim the value of the Australian dollar on comments by Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens that the central bank still thinks the $A is too high and remains 'open...

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Joe Hockey's inquiry needs internet focus

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Malcolm Maiden Lack of particular focus creates both promise and risk for banking probe.

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Parkinson gives Hockey a leg up

Malcolm Maiden Bankers who met the pair in New York report they worked effectively together.

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Careful what you wish for, Mr Joyce

Malcolm Maiden Alan Joyce says Qantas is subject to a ''unique set of limitations'' as it battles a competitor that has three rival airlines on board as shareholders and potential discount-war underwriters.

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Tough talking Robert Fisher believes Fed needs to act

Malcolm Maiden Self-proclaimed 'half-Aussie' Richard Fisher pits himself against Fed half-measures.

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Surreal nature of brawl over debt ceiling

Malcolm Maiden It's worth recalling how much things have changed as the government and the opposition confect a debt-ceiling brawl.

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Helou buys time with over the top bid for Warrnambool

Malcolm Maiden Bega is beginning to look like a spent force, but anything seems possible in this amazing battle.

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Hockey: national or Nationals issue?

Malcolm Maiden Australia is open for business - when it is not contrary to the Nationals' interest.

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No growing pains, but RBA stays reserved

Malcolm Maiden The Reserve Bank has hedged its bets in its latest quarterly statement on monetary policy.

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Case of give a little, take a little more

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Malcolm Maiden Treasurer Joe Hockey's tax clean-up announcement is taking more than it gives away.

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Stack stocktake body with youth

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Malcolm Maiden Joe Hockey should think outside the box when considering who should review financial system.

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Westpac sitting on plenty of cash

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Malcolm Maiden Fears the big Australian banks are going to be hobbled by tough new capital adequacy rules created in the wake of the global crisis aren't borne out by their profit results.

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Unknowns make HECS a risky investment

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Malcolm Maiden Abbott government is highly unlikely to sell its $20 billion-plus HECS student loan portfolio.

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Tough questions on ASIC dodged

Malcolm Maiden How proactive should ASIC be, and what resources are we prepared to devote to get it there?

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Canadians' dairy offer compelling

Malcolm Maiden The takeover battle for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter has turned into a corporate Gordian knot.

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Betting against big banks a risky business

Malcolm Maiden It's not unusual to hear the argument that bank shares are set for a fall, but don't count on it.

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Big banks at the top of their game

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Malcolm Maiden The profit that ANZ handed down this morning shows that betting against the Aussie banks is not without risk.

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Regulator hamstrung by lack of funding

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Malcolm Maiden ASIC needs to be rid of its clerical work on registries, and be more active.

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Funding the key to ASIC overhaul

Malcolm Maiden It's one thing to say change is needed but another to work out how to make it happen.

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Clarity needed from new Fed chief

Malcolm Maiden The Fed is steered by committee, and Janet Yellen's support for stimulus is part of the consensus.