Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden

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

Rural Bank's suitor was kept in the dark

Malcolm Maiden Government sold Rural Finance in exclusive deal despite knowing others were interested.

One on the board for ASIC as the watchdog finally bites

Malcolm Maiden The cases have to be heard, but ASIC and the Australian Federal Police appear to have scored a major insider trading swoop with the arrests of a NAB employee and an Australian Bureau of Statistics...

Opinion

Is NAB floored or on the rebound?

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Malcolm Maiden It is not yet clear whether NAB is stuck on the bottom, or positioned for a rebound.

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Recovering retailers brace for tax whack

Malcolm Maiden It's likely Bernie Brookes will be telling his staff to prepare for tighter trading conditions.

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Commission of Audit: Weighty report outlines regime for much leaner government

Malcolm Maiden Weighty government reports have a habit of finding their way to the top shelf in ministerial offices, lightly thumbed and lonely.

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Port partners take a punt on coal

Malcolm Maiden The Baird government may have set a new mark with Wednesday's $1.75 billion sale of a 98-year lease on the Port of Newcastle.

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Masters, Big W still on Woolworths' fix-it list

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Malcolm Maiden Comment: Woolies is not yet firing on all cylinders.

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Small beer a big problem for CUB

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Malcolm Maiden The ACCC has announced something that could prove to be the tip of an iceberg.

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Revenue squeeze is Joe Hockey's sticking point

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Malcolm Maiden The Abbott government prepares for a budget that will be one of the most important in decades.

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Transurban looks long-term with $7b deal

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Malcolm Maiden Measured against the income it is currently throwing off, the $7.06 billion price the Transurban-led consortium has paid QIC for Queensland Motorways and its network is staggering, about 26 times...

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Softer CPI figures offer a little breathing room, for now

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Malcolm Maiden Wednesday's March quarter consumer price index result is a get-out-of-jail card for the markets, the Reserve Bank and the Australian government as it prepares a budget for 2014-15 that will walk a...

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Inflation figures give RBA, Hockey and markets breathing room

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Malcolm Maiden The March quarter consumer price index result is a get out of jail card for the markets, the Reserve Bank and the Australian government as it prepares a Budget for 2014-2015 that needs to very finely...

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High hopes for some big share deals

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Malcolm Maiden If earnings don't have more growth momentum than they do now, share prices will fall, too.

Watchdog observes light-speed probe on high frequency trades

Malcolm Maiden The speed of light is constant, but regulation of the way it is leveraged by sharemarket high-frequency traders is not.

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Australia Post's 'win-win' in the mail

Malcolm Maiden Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour is on tenterhooks as the May 13 budget looms and the Abbott government prepares to release the Commission of Audit's report on how to make the government...

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Malcolm Turnbull's high hopes for NBN chief Bill Morrow

Malcolm Maiden Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has to be wishing Bill Morrow good speed as NBN Co's new chief executive asks the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to block junior telco TPG...

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Reserve Bank learns to live with a high Australian dollar

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Malcolm Maiden It's obvious from the minutes of the Reserve Bank's April 1 rate-setting meeting that it would be happier if the dollar was lower.

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RBA upbeat as global threats fade

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Malcolm Maiden Reserve Bank uses financial stability review to warn banks not to lower home lending standards.

Dedicated followers of local fashion

Malcolm Maiden Solomon Lew and Mark McInnes aren't losing sleep over the much-hyped invasion by big overseas retail chains.

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Macquarie returns to cautious optimism

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Malcolm Maiden If Macquarie is cautiously optimistic, the market probably is too.