Malcolm Maiden

Malcolm Maiden

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

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Exit ramp in sight for ConnectEast investors

Toll road.

Malcolm Maiden The CP2 consortium's $2.2b friendly takeover offer for ConnectEast ends a long and disappointing ride for investors in EastLink tollroad owner and operator.

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It's all Greek to them: why Spain and Italy need the EU to fix sovereign debt crisis

Malcolm Maiden The attempt to get the world clear of the 2008-09 global financial crisis and the growth-choking tsunami of debt it unleashed reached another crucial milepost last night when Europe's political...

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New package for Greece must match last year's if it is to stave off default

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Malcolm Maiden The attempt to get the world clear of the 2008-09 global crisis and the growth-choking tsunami of debt it unleashed reached another crucial milestone last night when Europe's political leaders sat...

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Hacking affair puts Murdochs' plans for an orderly succession in doubt

Malcolm Maiden It is difficult to believe that the list of those who knew about News of the World's callous and criminal campaign of telephone hacking extended to the very top of the group after the appearance of...

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BHP power play greatly expands energy resources

Malcolm Maiden WHAT a powerhouse BHP Billiton is. Yesterday's agreed deal to take over another shale gas and liquids player, Petrohawk, for $US15.

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Petrohawk buy will lift giant in league table

Malcolm Maiden What a powerhouse BHP Billiton is.

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BHP does it again with shale gas buy

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Malcolm Maiden What an awesome company BHP Billiton is. Yesterday's agreed deal to take over Petrohawk boosts its oil and gas reserves and more than doubles its petroleum division's resource base.

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Peabody signals confidence in future of coal with renewed Macarthur bid

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Malcolm Maiden THERE are some specific factors behind the dramatic earnings downgrade by David Jones. The group was running over-optimistic stock levels heading into its June 30 stocktake sale, for one thing, and...

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Positives and negatives finely balanced as Peabody bids for Macarthur Coal

Malcolm Maiden The ''perfect storm'' of negative sentiment and uncertainty that the chief executive of David Jones, Paul Zahra, referred to yesterday is a market-wide influence.

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China leads charge, such as it is, on hopes it can have its cake and eat it

Trade deals 'must protect local jobs'.

Malcolm Maiden China demonstrated again yesterday how central it has become to the world's attempt to get out from under the global crisis of 2008-09.

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China's galloping growth settles global unease but default looms large in Europe

Malcolm Maiden China demonstrated again yesterday how central it has become to the world's attempt to leave behind the global crisis of 2008-09.

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Hacking furore shows Sky's falling in on News

Malcolm Maiden Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is now taking heavy collateral damage over the telephone hacking scandal in Britain.

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Mounting scandal kills BSkyB plans

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Malcolm Maiden Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is now taking heavy collateral damage over the telephone hacking scandal in Britain.

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Time will erode carbon dioxide protections

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Malcolm Maiden Trite comments earn the description by being close enough to the truth to be worth repeating, and so it goes for the observation you are seeing everywhere that the devil is in the detail of the...

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Ballantyne front runner for top job after Telstra's overhaul

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Malcolm Maiden IT'S fair to assume that with the management changes he unveiled yesterday, Telstra chief executive David Thodey also revealed who he expects will eventually replace him.

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Brit in the driver's seat at Telstra

Malcolm Maiden It's fair to assume that, with the management changes he unveiled yesterday, Telstra chief David Thodey also revealed who he expects eventually will replace him.

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So far, Foster's takeover approach sticks to script

The latest round of speculation about a takeover of Foster's has sent analysts running to the abacus to see which brewers can actually stomach a bellyful of Foster's.

Malcolm Maiden The $11.2 billion takeover proposal by SABMiller for Foster's is proceeding according to the first chapters of the takeover playbook, which go something like this.

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Foster's takeover going by the book

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Malcolm Maiden SABMiller's $11.2 billion takeover proposal for Foster's is proceeding according to the first chapters of a standard takeover playbook, which go something like this.

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RBA's holding pattern set to linger

Money. Wednesday May 22. ........AFR First Use Only........  Pic James Davies  Money cash currency Australian dollar notes pay wages interest rates reserve bank monetary policy exchange rate cash rate banks savings money in the hat vice pressure disposable income mortgage bank roll tradesman finance dangle the carrot packages under the hammer under pressure SPECIALX MONEY

Malcolm Maiden The central bank remains determined to keep a lid on inflation as the mining boom re-ignites but for now there's no reason to lift rates trigger again.

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Reserve still not off the hook on Securency

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Malcolm Maiden The Reserve Bank is continuing to negotiate the sale of its 50-per-cent-owned plastic banknote marketing company, Securency.