Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden

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

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens nails the 'big question'

Malcolm Maiden Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens avoided discussing the Australian economy when he addressed the Anika Foundation luncheon in Sydney on Tuesday, but he did shed light on the wall of worry that the...

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The mining tax is dead already

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Malcolm Maiden Even if it is not repealed, the mining tax is dead in the water.


$80 billion Time Warner takeover bid is classic Murdoch

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Malcolm Maiden Rupert Murdoch's $80 billion takeover approach to Time Warner is his biggest move yet.


$US80b Time Warner bid is vintage Murdoch

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Malcolm Maiden Rupert Murdoch's $US80 billion bid for Time Warner is less risky than takeovers he did decades ago, but classic Murdoch for its vaulting ambition, and its desire to keep the Murdochs in the driver's...

Yellen is still the sharemarket's best friend

Malcolm Maiden The US is still the world's most influential economy and financial market, and Fed chairman Janet Yellen is still propping it up.

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Murray saves the furniture

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Malcolm Maiden There were fears that David Murray's financial system inquiry would recommend sweeping changes to a financial system that wasn't broken.

Murray saves the furniture

Malcolm Maiden There were fears that David Murray's financial system inquiry would recommend sweeping changes to a financial system that wasn't broken.

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Murray financial system inquiry: Super in focus but furniture safe

Superannuation is a key focus of the Murray inquiry.

Malcolm Maiden The Murray inquiry has an extremely broad brief, but it's done the right thing and not smashed up the furniture.

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

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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

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.