Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe

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

Australian investment records to tumble again next year

Michael Pascoe Here's a nice surprise: the nation's congenitally miserable chief financial officers have told the Australian Bureau of Statistics they are going to invest $166.

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'No plans', so open season for policy

The coalition

Michael Pascoe Real government policy - not the slogans tarted about in the election - is up for grabs.

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The HK Aussies outsourcing to the USA


Michael Pascoe This is the one about the company listed in Australia, incorporated in Bermuda, headquartered in Hong Kong, manufacturing in China but now about to make footwear in the USA.

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ANZ board out of step with reality


Michael Pascoe ANZ have allowed themselves the hubris of thinking "their" choice of CEO is so very much better than that of the other banks, even though the numbers don't support it.

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Joe Hockey goes a step too far

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Michael Pascoe Apparently the Treasurer means what he said: he'll throw a Tea Party if he doesn't get a $500b debt ceiling.

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Has Joe jumped the shark?

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Michael Pascoe I gave him the benefit of the doubt, but I checked and apparently the Treasurer will throw a Tea Party on December 12.

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James Packer’s business with a dodgy regime

James Packer

Michael Pascoe So how do you go about gaining a casino licence from an increasingly dodgy government? Very carefully, no doubt.

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NSW fiddles while Queensland builds

Airport noise

Michael Pascoe While federal and NSW politicians shilly-shally over the inevitable Badgerys Creek airport – there's yet another study released this week with more to come - south-east Queensland will soon have its...

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James Packer rolls NSW Labor over Barangaroo casino


Michael Pascoe James Packer has taken no chances with his Sydney casino PR blitzkrieg – even the irrelevant Labor opposition has been taken care of as that shadow of a political force rolls over and plays...

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The RBA forecast that the RBA doubts

Reserve Bank

Michael Pascoe As a more cautious central banker might put it, the risks to the RBA's growth forecast are on the upside.

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RBA eyes the Aussie

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Michael Pascoe What the Reserve Bank really said in its quarterly monetary policy statement on Friday. Michael Pascoe comments.

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RBA's view of a flat landscape

Reserve Bank Australia.

Michael Pascoe The good news is the RBA thinks economic growth has bottomed, the bad news is that growth won’t accelerate until early 2015.

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Everyone works for Holden – not


Michael Pascoe The reality of the FBT rort is: a minority is having their purchase of a new car subsidised by the rest of us.

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RBA points the fiscal finger

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Michael Pascoe Tony Abbott might fancy being called “the infrastructure Prime Minister”, but the Reserve Bank can’t see that happening any time soon.

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Retail sales not the guide they used to be

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Michael Pascoe At first glance, the Abbott honeymoon or normal post-election surge certainly shines through in the September retail sales statistics - a better performance on all measures than the tipsters were...

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China more important than Canberra

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Michael Pascoe A large part of Australia’s prosperity is riding on a meeting to be held in China this weekend. Michael Pascoe comments.

DJs flat

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Michael Pascoe It says plenty about the mood around David Jones when a flat quarterly sales number can look like good news. Michael Pascoe comments.

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David Jones is going nowhere

Paul Zahra

Michael Pascoe It says plenty about the market's low expectations for David Jones when a flat quarterly sales result is greeted with wild enthusiasm.

Who's providing the advice for Trader Joe's forex bets?

Michael Pascoe RBA governor has effectively confirmed Joe Hockey is blowing several hundred million dollars in an attempt to make his performance as Treasurer look good.

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Joe Hockey blowing hundreds of millions to make himself look good


Michael Pascoe Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens has effectively confirmed that Joe Hockey is blowing several hundred million dollars in an attempt to make his performance as Treasurer look good.

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