Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden

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

Centro US sale under fire

Malcolm Maiden Campaign by group of shareholders that own more than 11 per cent of Centro Properties Group to force Centro to put planned $US9.

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Always expect rough ride with airline shares

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Malcolm Maiden Spare a thought for Virgin Blue chief executive John Borghetti and his counterpart at Qantas, Alan Joyce.

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US, Europeans unable to bank yet on a robust housing-sector recovery

Malcolm Maiden Bad loans in the US property market are still close to record highs, at 6.5 per cent of total residential and commercial property loans.

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Reserve still wary of US and Europe

Malcolm Maiden Yesterday the Reserve Bank produced a generally optimistic appraisal of the Australian financial system's recovery from the global crisis, but its portrait of the challenges the big money centre...

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Canberra scuttlebutt suggests exchanges are flogging a dead horse

Malcolm Maiden It's almost impossible to merge the ASX and SGX as equals.

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Exchanges have no choice but to keep pushing their merger plans in Canberra

Malcolm Maiden The ASX, the Singapore Exchange and their advisers are working on the assumption this week's reports that their merger has a snowball's chance in Saudi Arabia of being approved does not mean their...

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Many eyes make NBN heavy work

Malcolm Maiden NBN boss Mike Quigley produces some statistics that certainly underline that the broadband network he is building for the government is a political football.

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NBN will have to get used to the scrutiny - the public has every right to know

Malcolm Maiden The boss of NBN Co, Mike Quigley, produced some statistics yesterday that certainly underline that the broadband network he is building for the government is a political football.

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Smith appears in for the long haul on growth

Malcolm Maiden ANZ chief executive Mike Smith is obviously enjoying Australia, and the challenge he set for himself and the bank in December 2007 when he said ANZ could lift its share of earnings sourced from Asia...

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Time to test Brookes growth plan at Myer

Malcolm Maiden When someone says he has done everything that can be done to respond to a problem, the classic tabloid journalist response is, yes - but is everything enough?

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Brookes seems to have done it all right so far - but is that enough?

Malcolm Maiden When someone says he or she has done everything that can be done to respond to a problem, the classic tabloid journalist response is, yes - but is everything enough?

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Myer's success depends on Plan B

Myer

Malcolm Maiden The real question is whether the second leg of the recovery strategy will work for Myer's Bernie Brooks.

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Volatility is not all aftershock from Japan - political instability is well in the mix

Malcolm Maiden The markets will be volatile and vulnerable in the wake of the Japanese disaster until they are sure the situation is ''contained and quantified'', to borrow from the words Evans & Partners used in a...

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Markets will calm down once they know the extent of Japan's disaster

ASX

Malcolm Maiden The markets will be volatile and vulnerable in the wake of Japan's disaster until they are sure the situation is ''contained and quantified'', to borrow from the words Evans & Partners used in a note...

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Government has stubborn stains, despite selecting spin cycle for MRRT

Malcolm Maiden The government has accepted the Argus committee’s finding that the words of the agreement mean what they appear to mean.

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The reality on future royalties was cut and dried even as government went into spin cycle

Malcolm Maiden The release on Friday of government emails and other documents relating to the failed resources super profits tax and the less aggressive mineral resources rent tax that replaced it indicate the Rudd...

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Quake's rumbles simply add to uncertainty

Malcolm Maiden, The Age columnist

Malcolm Maiden Japan's massive earthquake adds another weight to an already nervous market, and probably ensures that the down draughts that ripped share prices lower this week will continue in the short term.

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Westpac learns there is value in regional talent

Malcolm Maiden The announcement by Westpac yesterday that it would re-brand its St George banks in Victoria as Bank of Melbourne, the business it acquired in 1997 and then banished to Siberia, is an admission that...

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Bank of Melbourne revived as Westpac goes back to the future

Malcolm Maiden Westpac's announcement yesterday that it would rebrand its St George banks in Victoria as Bank of Melbourne is an admission that it did not have its growth strategy right.

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The big question is whether Australia can withstand challenge of emerging markets

Malcolm Maiden Two years on from its global crisis nadir the local sharemarket continues to be dangerously narrow, with more than half its value locked up in resources shares and the banks.