Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden

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

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NAB is taking the lion's share of the assets from its unilateral divorce

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Malcolm Maiden One of the takeaways from this week's profit reports from three of the big four banks is that divorce is suiting National Australia Bank.

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Bank costs carefully monitored as financial crisis wake still washes over consumers

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Malcolm Maiden If you are looking for evidence that Australia is becoming progressively more productive, check out the cost-to-income ratios the banks are publishing with their March half profit reports this week.

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Leaner banks but the question is how far technology will drive cost savings

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Malcolm Maiden If you are looking for evidence that Australia is becoming progressively more productive, check the cost-to-income ratios the banks are publishing with their March-half profit reports.

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State of debt easily managed

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Malcolm Maiden It's important to get the size of Victoria's debt problem into perspective to appreciate what Victorian Treasurer Kim Wells is doing, and not doing, with his first budget.

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A nip and tuck all Victoria requires

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Malcolm Maiden It's important to get the size of Victoria's debt problem into perspective to appreciate what the Victorian Treasurer, Kim Wells, is doing, and not doing, with his first budget.

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Next year is another story for rates

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Malcolm Maiden The Reserve Bank has provided only limited relief for companies being caned by the surging Australian dollar in its decision to leave its cash rate unchanged at 4.75 per cent.

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Foster's digs a hole, then slowly climbs out

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Malcolm Maiden As Keynes observed, digging holes and filling them in isn't an entirely futile activity.

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Wrong time to bet against Aussie's rise

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Malcolm Maiden A speculative call gone wrong and a deteriorating US dollar have played a part in the Australian dollar's extraordinary ascent this year.

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Missteps and weakness fuel $A's ascent

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Malcolm Maiden A speculative call gone wrong and a deteriorating US dollar play a part in the Australian dollar's extraordinary ascent this year, but there's real demand underpinning the rise.

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Banking inquiry still has a few tough bones left to chew

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Malcolm Maiden Our story that the Senate economics committee will steer clear of advocating heavy new regulation of the big four banks confirms that time has worked in the banks' favour.

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Golden days ahead for Goldman

Malcolm Maiden More capital will be available to back deals the local arm advises on, and it will be available more quickly.

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Goldman looks for rich pickings in Australia

Malcolm Maiden Goldman Sachs had taken a a 45 per cent stake in the venerable JBWere broking firm by the time it was hired as a strategic adviser to the emerging copper miner Equinox Minerals about four years ago.

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Struggling world economy faces classic hurdles

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Malcolm Maiden Only one thing really has to happen for the markets to continue to rise after the Easter break, at least in the medium term.

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Drive carefully: the road to economic recovery is still full of potholes

Malcolm Maiden Only one thing really has to happen for the markets to continue to rise after the Easter break, at least in the medium term: the global economy needs to keep expanding steadily, dragging corporate...

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Victoria's 'black hole' exists mainly in the minds of the Baillieu government

Malcolm Maiden The discovery of budget ''black holes'' is a standard political device for incoming administrations, but in Victoria the Baillieu government is starting to test its limits.

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Search for Labor 'black holes' an exercise in diminishing returns

Malcolm Maiden The discovery of so-called budget ''black holes'' is a standard political device for incoming governments, but in Victoria at least, the Baillieu government is starting to test its limits.

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Biotech companies test the market

Malcolm Maiden The $341 million takeover bid for Australian tuberculosis testing technology company Cellestis by European diagnostic technology group Qiagen ticks a lot of boxes.

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Qiagen offer looks good for the present but is being tested against a bright future

Malcolm Maiden The $341 million takeover bid for the Australian tuberculosis testing technology company Cellestis by European diagnostic technology group Qiagen ticks a lot of boxes.

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Business conditions a mixed bag indeed

Malcolm Maiden NAB's business conditions survey distinguishes itself for being read in detail by people capable of responding to the signals it sends.

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Ford plans for large vehicles a riskier road than rival's move into Cruze control

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Malcolm Maiden The local arms of General Motors and Ford chose different strategic paths during the global financial crisis, and Ford's future here as a vehicle manufacturer is less secure as a result.