Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden

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

Malcolm Maiden

Ukraine: Pressure is on but no need to panic

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Malcolm Maiden How much should investors worry about Ukraine after Russia's military intervention? As of Tuesday, a little, but not a lot.

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Just cruising: That sums up the fiscal reporting season

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Malcolm Maiden Profit reporting season is here. It isn't the Titanic but it's not a pleasure cruise either.

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Qantas facing headwind in air battle

Malcolm Maiden Alan Joyce is right when he says that the Qantas group is being hit by external headwinds.

Clear skies for service sector growth

Malcolm Maiden Competition among the airlines has intensified, ticket prices have fallen.

Crash landing Qantas had to have


Malcolm Maiden Qantas will get to the end of its reconstruction road.

What NBN needs is much more networking


Malcolm Maiden Ziggy Switkowski and a new management team reshape Australia's biggest infrastructure project.

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McClintock hints at wriggle-room over merger

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Malcolm Maiden Topics of merger and Brookes' replacement as CEO are clearly intertwined.

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Brookes' extension Myer's latest move in DJs merger dance

Bernie Brookes, MD of Myer at the companys 1/2 year results announcement in melbourne this afternoon. Story by Nabila Ahmed for companies. AFR FIRST USE ONLY PLEASE #123862

Malcolm Maiden Myer's decision to extend Bernie Brookes' tenure as chief executive of the department store group is tightly bound up with its hope that rival David Jones will re-engage in merger talks that it...

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What now for Wesfarmers as Coles boss Ian McLeod to depart?

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Malcolm Maiden Wesfarmers has done some big, good things since it took over the Coles group in late November 2007.


Efficiency drive pays off for big players

Malcolm Maiden BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto spent what they needed to spend to ramp up production and meet sharply rising demand during the resources boom.

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Point Henry closure: Don't bother with the blame game

The ALCOA plant at Point Henry in Victoria.February 8th, 2012, The Australian Finacial Review. Picture by Mal Fairclough

Malcolm Maiden The closure of Victoria's Point Henry aluminium smelter is not our fault, and in important ways it's not US-based Alcoa's fault, either.

Hockey's juggling shapes as a high-wire feat

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Malcolm Maiden Hockey's first budget in May is going to set the tone for the government's economic management.

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Rio Tinto boss delivers to shareholders

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Malcolm Maiden Shareholders have what they want, but there is still an aluminium anchor trailing behind.

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Telstra rings up reputation but X factors remain

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Malcolm Maiden Telstra has underpinned its status as a dividend yield play but there are still X factors for investors to consider.

Better ride as banks move up a gear

Ian Narev, chief executive officer of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), speaks during a news conference in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Commonwealth Bank, the nation's biggest lender, reported a 14 percent increase in first-half profit to a record on lower bad-debt charges and growth in home lending. Photographer: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Ian Narev

Malcolm Maiden Banks are posting results that suggest SPC, Toyota and corporate casualties are not harbingers of a deep corporate slump - or at least, not yet.


Why the booming Commonwealth Bank juggernaut is good news for everyone

CBA. AFR.130213. Pic by Michel O'Sullivan. Pic shows  Ian Narev at the CBD media briefing on the CBD Half year results.

Malcolm Maiden CBA's result tells you that despite the news about Toyota's exit, SPC's problems and continuing reports of soft economic conditions, the economy is not falling into a hole.


We've jobs enough for the clever, in healthcare and finance


Malcolm Maiden Where will our children's jobs come from? It's something to ponder after the implosion of one of the manufacturing sector's linchpins.

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Why Toyota’s exit will hurt more than Holden


Malcolm Maiden Toyota’s decision to halt local vehicle manufacturing in 2017 is a bigger body blow than Holden’s decision late last year to do the same.


Opposing faiths find belief in a volatile new-year market


Malcolm Maiden There are two candidates that have not derailed the markets but nevertheless can't be ignored.

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Woolies' chief needs a big winner

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Malcolm Maiden The growth gap between Coles and Woolworths has been closing.