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Michael Pascoe is a BusinessDay contributing editor. He comments on companies, markets and the economy.
Michael Pascoe Reports of Old King Coal’s death have been exaggerated, but he’s certainly not as healthy as he used to be.
Michael Pascoe It happens, but not very often: neighbours band together to sell their houses for substantially more as a group than they could as individuals.
Michael Pascoe Expectations of a US interest rate rise in the offing have been supporting the US dollar and that’s been helping our dollar weaken.
Michael Pascoe A possible nervous start to the week after a weekend of softer Chinese statistics, Scottish voting and Australia joining another war. Michael Pascoe comments
Michael Pascoe "Competitive federalism" was explicitly pushed by the Coalition's Commission of Audit, is implicit in Joe Hockey's first budget and is likely to underpin the looming federalism white paper.
Michael Pascoe It takes two graphs to put the current mini-panic over the iron ore price into perspective, to realise that Australian miners should eventually do quite nicely out of the present shakeout.
Michael Pascoe The economic momentum Joe Hockey has belatedly spotted appears to be slowing.
Michael Pascoe We’re well used to the “Australian premium” – the extra price charged for everything here from iTunes to Mercedes Benz because, well, because the importers can.
Michael Pascoe A massive week for statistics and a busy one for the Reserve Bank. Michael Pascoe reports.
Michael Pascoe It sometimes seems capital investment commentary in Australia concentrates on mining and manufacturing, perhaps because they are industries with unhappy outlooks and bad news is good news.
Michael Pascoe You’re running a failing business in an industry that’s on the nose, plagued by corruption and other illegalities.
Michael Pascoe Remember the usual doomcasters not very long ago suggesting that this would not be a nice corporate reporting season? Turns out they were wrong, even on the largely irrelevant game of market...
Michael Pascoe It has been an easy and tempting line: the restructuring of BHP Billiton announced this week was something of a demerger of the old BHP and old Billiton.
Michael Pascoe It’s now clear why News Corp doesn’t break out the profitability of its Australian newspapers – there may not be any.
Michael Pascoe The Reserve Bank governor has effectively declared 6.25% unemployment is "kind of OK".
Michael Pascoe With QBE making issues and selling off bits and pieces to raise capital, someone more eagle-eyed than most spotted a sentence in the company’s results announcement that raises a question about...
Michael Pascoe It’s one thing for an analyst to have an opinion about a balance sheet being “stretched”, it’s another for an insurer to remark upon its ability to withstand a reasonable...
Michael Pascoe You’re in the thick of reporting season, flat out trying to keep up with the news, wondering if your dividend income will be enough to live on, concerned about what might happen to interest...
Michael Pascoe It can’t be easy fitting in a normal MP’s duties around all the lunch and dinner dates Clive Palmer is enjoying with federal ministers.
Michael Pascoe How long can we expect housing prices to rise when wages are not? Michael Pascoe comments.