Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden

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

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The bull market central banks can't stop...yet

Malcolm Maiden Central bankers are no doubt alive to the irony of their warnings of the world's financial markets.

Small things matter for Wall Street, RBA, Wesfarmers and Goodman

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Malcolm Maiden This was a week when incremental changes produced big news.


CBA's report card: Must do better

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Malcolm Maiden CBA’s gesture 'too little, too late' and, in any event, not the ‘‘overarching review’’ required.

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RBA governor Glenn Stevens erases doubts about Australian dollar

RBA governor Glenn Stevens has left no one in any doubt about the value of the Australia dollar.

Malcolm Maiden If there were any doubts about the Reserve Bank's view on the stubborn strength of the Australian dollar, governor Glenn Stevens has removed them.

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Pressure on Commonwealth Bank cranks up

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Malcolm Maiden Pressure on the CBA to respond to the devastating Senate Economics Committee inquiry into its financial planning ramped up on Wednesday.

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Reserve keeping the balls in the air


Malcolm Maiden The years following the global crisis have been a period of extraordinary support for financial markets, and the Reserve Bank's announcement on Tuesday that Australian rates are on hold for the 10th...

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RBA hangs in there, despite unhelpful Australian dollar

The RBA says the Australian dollar isn't being as helpful as it could be.

Malcolm Maiden There is a hint of impatience in the RBA's latest comments on the Australian dollar.

Case not yet closed following inquiry into CBA's financial advice scandal

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Malcolm Maiden Greg Medcraft showed how to say you don't want a new inquiry without actually saying it.

AGL decision saps ACCC's power

Malcolm Maiden ACCC chairman Rod Sims is still the gate-keeper for takeovers in this country, for now.

Winemaker takes stock

Malcolm Maiden Treasury Wine Estates pulled off a rare feat on Wednesday. It announced a significant asset write-down, and sent its shares up by almost 5 per cent.

Australia Post has a long road in red to preservation or privatisation

Malcolm Maiden Australia Post CEO argued ahead of the budget that the Abbott government should employ the group's retail network as a new government processing hub.

Lowy family's Westfield restructure clears hurdle

Malcolm Maiden It took only a slight shift in the balance to get the $70 billion Westfield restructure over the line.

The bottom line is: Will we be better or worse off under this agreement?

Malcolm Maiden The Trade in Services Agreement document WikiLeaks has obtained is arcane, but it shows that Australia, the US, the European Union and 20 other large and small countries are talking about...

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Breaking the market's golden rules

Malcolm Maiden Penalties totalling $1.2 million that Newcrest has agreed to pay to settle an Australian Securities and Investments Commission probe into its disclosure debacle last year will if confirmed in court...

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The Newcrest case and Rule No.1

A truck is repaired at Newcrest's Cadia mine near Orange in NSW.

Malcolm Maiden It's the agreed statement of facts that accompanies the settlement of ASIC's probe into Newcrest that is really interesting.

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Shell makes a motza from sell-down in Woodside stake

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Malcolm Maiden Even after selling half of a $6b, 19 per cent stake in Woodside at a 14 per cent discount Shell has made a motza.

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Woodside a takeover target with Shell’s stake cut

Woodside's Peter Coleman (left) and Michael Chaney.

Malcolm Maiden There was only one antsy question at Woodside's meeting to announce that Shell's stake in the company would be cut from 23 per cent to 4.5 per cent at the most.

With the US pumping, oil from the Middle East shales in significance

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Malcolm Maiden The claim that geopolitics in the Middle East are about oil is not as easy to make as it used to be.

Kiwis show way in handling a boom

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Big whine makes KKR glass half-full

Malcolm Maiden Consumer sentiment plunged in May after Joe Hockey delivered his budget. New surveys show that it hasn't got worse in June, but it hasn't improved much, either.