Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe is a BusinessDay contributing editor. He comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Anti-super zealots go too far

Michael Pascoe The Grattan Institute report on superannuation excess doesn't really matter as it's too much for any government to contemplate. Michael Pascoe comments.

Saving the little superannuation fish, catching the big ones

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Michael Pascoe It's amazing how much attention is focused on one aspect of the system, while both the biggest fish in the super sea and the casual slaughter of anchovies are largely ignored.

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PwC and the Magic Pudding company tax cut

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Michael Pascoe Norman Lindsay died in 1969 but his spirit lives on within PwC.

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The best way to collect superannuation? Use the ATO

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Michael Pascoe The politicians are fighting over the falling leaves and ignoring the forest again – this time on the little matter of employers who fail to pay the compulsory superannuation levy.

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Michael Pascoe: The best way to collect super

Michael Pascoe There's a simple fix that could plug the $2.6 billion of unpaid super every year. Michael Pascoe comments.

How property developers make windfall millions

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Michael Pascoe Buy one thing, use spin and insider knowledge to get planning approval to turn it into something completely different and, hey presto, you've made a windfall without moving a brick. But others lose.

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Paris Attacks: Markets are used to terrorism because they have to be

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Michael Pascoe The terrible wearying truth is that we'll get used to terrorism.

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Michael Pascoe: BHP shares

Michael Pascoe The BHP share price is shouting the company won't be able to maintain it's extraordinary high dividend yield. Michael Pascoe comments.

It's time to tackle the family trust tax monster

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Michael Pascoe Paying as little tax as legally possible is standard, rational behaviour.

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Dear Mr Treasurer: It's time to ditch the tax dogma

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Michael Pascoe No one wants to see you turn into another Joe Hockey.

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Pascoe: Translating RBA speak

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Michael Pascoe There's a temptation to read into Reserve Bank statements what you want to hear. Michael Pascoe comments.

Pascoe: Giving ScoMo enough rope

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Michael Pascoe Only after two months into the job, Scott Morrison is becoming a bit of a worry as Treasurer. Michael Pascoe comments.

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Tax is what other people pay, right?

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Michael Pascoe Unfortunately a mature debate about genuine tax reform is unlikely.

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Heritage laws should be demolished

The Block winners Darren and Dea Jolly have been reprimanded for knocking down a heritage-listed house

Michael Pascoe Meddling bureaucrats trying to freeze our suburbs in time are stealing property rights and hurting affordability.

Home building boom coming to an end

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Michael Pascoe Dwelling building approvals have been running at a record high, home building making a major contribution to keeping the economy afloat as resources investment turns down.

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Increasing the GST

Michael Pascoe It seems to come as a major shock to some that increasing tax revenue means... we pay more. Michael Pascoe comments.


RBA set to stay on hold as animal spirits stir

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Michael Pascoe Slipping by unnoticed by many on Friday was some of the best economic news of the year: business credit has quite suddenly picked up – a sign that the "animal spirits" are finally stirring in...

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RBA rates should stay steady

Michael Pascoe The main thing the RBA has been looking and praying for, non-mining business investment, is stirring. Michael Pascoe comments.

The central bank knows: Wallabies will win the World Cup against the All Blacks

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Michael Pascoe The Wallabies will become the first to win the Rugby World Cup three times for the following reasons...

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Wolves prowling around the banks – who cares?

NAB and ANZ posted their results this week. Yet the seasonal dip in the banks' share price still looks more like a buying opportunity than a disaster.

Michael Pascoe After all the crying 'wolf!', there was finally a lupine howl to be heard when the NAB and ANZ reported this week.

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