Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden

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

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Rio focus on lifting profitability while also reducing debt

Malcolm Maiden Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh says he is still optimistic about long-term demand for the commodities his company sells.

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Grain of doubt over 'national interest' case

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Malcolm Maiden Kim Beazley had to scramble in the 48 hours before Abbott government announcement.

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Blocked ADM bid for GrainCorp purely political decision

Malcolm Maiden International investors now know that Australia is not "open for business" if the business proposal worries cliques within the Coalition.

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Free-trade pact may muddy GrainCorp deal

Malcolm Maiden Deal a wildcard as government deals with divisions in its ranks over GrainCorp bid.

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Decision over ADM's $3.4b GrainCorp bid hinges on Hockey

Malcolm Maiden Archer Daniels Midland wants to take everything but politics off the table as the deadline for its $3.4 billion bid for GrainCorp approaches.

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Ansell's US buyout fits like a glove

Malcolm Maiden In the world of mergers and acquisitions there are deals that go easy and deals that go hard, and the amount of dollars involved is not a decisive factor, as the three-pronged battle for control of...

Ansell's US buy fits like a glove

Rubber glove cleaning

Malcolm Maiden In the world of mergers and acquisitions there are deals that go easy and deals that go hard, and the amount of dollars involved is not a decisive factor, as the three-pronged battle for control of...

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RBA's call is correct weight for the dollar

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Malcolm Maiden Currency traders were right to trim the value of the Australian dollar on comments by Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens that the central bank still thinks the $A is too high and remains 'open...

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Joe Hockey's inquiry needs internet focus

Malcolm Maiden Lack of particular focus creates both promise and risk for banking probe.

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Parkinson gives Hockey a leg up

Malcolm Maiden Bankers who met the pair in New York report they worked effectively together.

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Careful what you wish for, Mr Joyce

Malcolm Maiden Alan Joyce says Qantas is subject to a ''unique set of limitations'' as it battles a competitor that has three rival airlines on board as shareholders and potential discount-war underwriters.

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Tough talking Robert Fisher believes Fed needs to act

Malcolm Maiden Self-proclaimed 'half-Aussie' Richard Fisher pits himself against Fed half-measures.

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Surreal nature of brawl over debt ceiling

Malcolm Maiden It's worth recalling how much things have changed as the government and the opposition confect a debt-ceiling brawl.

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Helou buys time with over the top bid for Warrnambool

Malcolm Maiden Bega is beginning to look like a spent force, but anything seems possible in this amazing battle.

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Hockey: national or Nationals issue?

Malcolm Maiden Australia is open for business - when it is not contrary to the Nationals' interest.

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No growing pains, but RBA stays reserved

Malcolm Maiden The Reserve Bank has hedged its bets in its latest quarterly statement on monetary policy.

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Case of give a little, take a little more

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Malcolm Maiden Treasurer Joe Hockey's tax clean-up announcement is taking more than it gives away.

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Stack stocktake body with youth

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Malcolm Maiden Joe Hockey should think outside the box when considering who should review financial system.

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Westpac sitting on plenty of cash

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Malcolm Maiden Fears the big Australian banks are going to be hobbled by tough new capital adequacy rules created in the wake of the global crisis aren't borne out by their profit results.

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Unknowns make HECS a risky investment

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Malcolm Maiden Abbott government is highly unlikely to sell its $20 billion-plus HECS student loan portfolio.