Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden

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

Greece's euro debt crisis: out of Grimbo, but can it avoid a Graccident too?

Malcolm Maiden A guide to Greece's sovereign debt deadlock and the buzzwords being used to describe it.

New rules: Oil and OPEC may be down for a long count

Malcolm Maiden In 2008, as the oil price was rising to a new high of $US145 a barrel, New York based energy guru Ed Morse issued a famous call.

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Grant O'Brien goes: the next question is – what else changes?

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Malcolm Maiden The reality is that Woolworths boss Grant O'Brien's departure sets the group up for a new, as-yet unknown, course.

As Woolworths' Grant O'Brien goes, the real question is what else changes

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Malcolm Maiden Grant O'Brien's apparent decision to head for the door surely sets another, as yet unknown, course for Woolworths.

Buffett likes IAG, and that means he likes Australia too

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Malcolm Maiden If there is a query on IAG's sensational deal with Warren Buffett it is this: if he is doing what he so often does, is IAG's boss Mike Wilkins delusional when he says the deal is a "win-win"?

IAG's deal with Warren Buffett is a major coup

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Malcolm Maiden IAG's tie-in with Warren Buffett ticks a lot of boxes. There's a halo effect, of course, but even without Buffett's formidable reputation attached this looks to be a deal worth doing.

Has Rupert Murdoch's moment of dynastic destiny arrived?

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Malcolm Maiden The changes make clear Rupert Murdoch's plans for the company he has been building for more than half a century.

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Airline alliances: so hot right now - because they work

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Malcolm Maiden Virgin Boss John Borghetti would have had to smile on Wednesday when Alan Joyce announced that Qantas and American Airlines planned to tighten their trans-Pacific alliance.

Dividend imputation ducks the tax review axe

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Malcolm Maiden The idea of scrapping or hobbling Australia's system of embedding company tax credits in dividends was a dangerous sleeper in the government's taxation review.

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Alan Bond: a deal-making dynamo gone wrong

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Malcolm Maiden Alan Bond tended to be remembered in snapshots in his final years.

GDP: better but still not good enough

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Malcolm Maiden A theme of the market commentary on the quarterly accounts was that the headline 0.9 per cent growth number hid continued weakness.

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GDP: As good as could be hoped

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Malcolm Maiden The economic report card for the March quarter was, as expected, uneven.

RBA says rates are right – but they may not stay that way

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Malcolm Maiden The Reserve Bank says it is happy where rates are, but that's a decision taken before it sees Wednesday's crucial numbers.

BHP's $US25 million fine rings the bell on corporate sponsorship

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Malcolm Maiden The Olympics are arguably the standout example of corporate networking because a company who's who and government who's who attends.

Wesfarmers focuses on company's retail superstars

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Malcolm Maiden Coles plans to work with fewer, larger suppliers to get fresh produce into stores more quickly, and back that up with higher levels of customer service.

A pointless inquisition of BHP and Rio looms

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Malcolm Maiden "We need to "know the facts," the PM says.

Bill Shorten should bite the infrastructure bullet in budget reply

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Malcolm Maiden Bill Shorten attacked every aspect of Joe Hockey's first budget in his budget reply speech a year ago, but he can't do that when he stands up again on Thursday evening.

Federal budget 2015: Joe Hockey's budget targets missing piece in the growth jigsaw

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Malcolm Maiden The $5.5 billion small business tax package is this budget's trickle-down centrepiece.

What's holding the Australian economy back? Companies

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Malcolm Maiden How long will it take to address the elephant in the room?

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NAB pays a price to finally clear the decks

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Malcolm Maiden NAB shares will come under pressure when they start trading again after news of rights issue.