Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden

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

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Betting against big banks a risky business

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Malcolm Maiden It's not unusual to hear the argument that bank shares are set for a fall, but don't count on it.

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Big banks at the top of their game

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Malcolm Maiden The profit that ANZ handed down this morning shows that betting against the Aussie banks is not without risk.

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Regulator hamstrung by lack of funding

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Malcolm Maiden ASIC needs to be rid of its clerical work on registries, and be more active.

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Funding the key to ASIC overhaul

Malcolm Maiden It's one thing to say change is needed but another to work out how to make it happen.

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Clarity needed from new Fed chief

Malcolm Maiden The Fed is steered by committee, and Janet Yellen's support for stimulus is part of the consensus.

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Changes at the top of Newcrest are timely

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Malcolm Maiden There have been enough problems at Newcrest to justify the changes at the top that the goldminer has announced.

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Canadians give local dairy a churn

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Malcolm Maiden Saputo's $462 million counter-offer for Warrnambool Cheese & Butter rings all the jingo bells.

US Obamacare crisis triggers dire warnings

Malcolm Maiden Dire high-level warnings about the consequences of a continued stand-off between hardline Republicans and the Democrats in Washington are grounded in reality, but they are also part of an attempt to...

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US politicians must heed the warnings

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Malcolm Maiden The latest high-level warnings about the consequences of a continued standoff between hard-line Republicans and the Democrats in Washington are grounded in reality.

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ASIC must act fast on graft claims

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Malcolm Maiden When someone in an Australian company pays a bribe overseas, where does the buck stop?

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US theatrics obscure debt issue

Malcolm Maiden A stand-off on the debt ceiling threatens a default that would reverberate around the world.

On balance, RBA defers to US drama

Malcolm Maiden Perhaps one of the board members took a pack of cards or a set of Mahjong tiles into the central bank's meeting on Tuesday.

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RBA waits for US melodrama to pass

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Malcolm Maiden The RBA will have noted rising house prices and stronger retail sales, but all that is overshadowed by the partial US government shutdown.

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Myer, DJs master web basics; now for the advanced stuff

Malcolm Maiden David Jones and Myer face big challenges as they deal with lacklustre consumer demand, a shift in household spending away from merchandise to what the retailers call experiences - lattes instead of...

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Online solutions please Myer, DJs clientele

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Malcolm Maiden David Jones and Myer face big challenges as they deal with lacklustre consumer demand, a shift in household spending away from merchandise to what the retailers call experiences - lattes instead of...

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BHP call makes baby-boomer sense

Malcolm Maiden There are two ways of looking at the rates BHP Billiton has offered to secure $US5 billion in pocket money.

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Jobs for the buoys amid Telstra cuts

Malcolm Maiden As long as the telco is a dividend fountain, cuts in one place to fund another will be on the cards.

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Telstra cuts a path to the future

Malcolm Maiden Telstra's job cuts are a result of the move away from traditional businesses and towards new potential growth engines.

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Telstra key to stop NBN wobbles

Malcolm Maiden The new Abbott government briefly lost control of the optics of its national broadband network remake, but it actually does have a plan.

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Abbott's casualties pile up in orderly fashion

Malcolm Maiden The ''first 100 days'' playbook for Tony Abbott is rolling out pretty much according to plan so far.