Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe

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

Mining stock mayhem

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Michael Pascoe Business commentator Michael Pascoe talks through the days turmoil in the market.

China sparkles more than gold

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Michael Pascoe It promises to be a interesting week for gold and oil as both slumped further on Friday night. But the big news continues to be out of China.

Get dirty on the Aussie dollar

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Michael Pascoe While the mighty Aussie is copping dirt from several business types a very 21st century tulip mania has taken hold of Bitcoin.

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Dishing dirt on the dollar


Michael Pascoe The cost of building whopping great big things in the north-west has become prohibitive - but the dollar is only partly to blame.

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Employment averaging out softly

Figures show Queensland's overall female employment participation rate has been dropping for two years.

Michael Pascoe The labour market is soft and it’s staying soft, which is why the “rate rise for Christmas” story is unlikely to be true.

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Coalition voters turn pessimistic


Michael Pascoe Labor had a horror month of leadership farce and superannuation policy self-harm, but it's the Coalition voters who turned negative last month

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James Packer is the voice and Echo is, well, the echo


Michael Pascoe On the surface, some competitive tension has been added to the Sydney casino game.

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O'Farrell's quite incredible failure

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Michael Pascoe Some competitive tension has been added to the Sydney casino game, but that’s only on the surface.

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Cheaper petrol in the pipeline for motorists


Michael Pascoe Australian petrol prices are set to dive by more than 9¢ a litre.


Cheaper petrol in the pipeline

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Michael Pascoe Two weeks after being warned of Easter long weekend price hikes, Australian petrol prices are set to dive by more than 9 cents a litre based on the latest Singaporean refinery numbers.

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Super nonsense

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Michael Pascoe The government has handled policy 'badly', but the changes themselves aren't bad. The week that was with Michael Pascoe.

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Super still gold for the fabulously wealthy


Michael Pascoe Here are the two key questions for the government's minor superannuation fiddling:

Australians: whingers and worriers

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Michael Pascoe So it’s official: Australians have overtaken the Poms in the whingeing stakes. And not content with being world champion whingers, we’re working up our worrying act as well.

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Macquarie's modest mortgage business

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Michael Pascoe How the mighty have fallen then, when the most exciting thing alleged about Macquarie Bank lately is that it wants to become a building society, or something like that.

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RBA delivers more of the same

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Michael Pascoe It's more of the same from the Reserve Bank board the cash rate steady but with a bias to ease if the economy softens further, but that's not good enough for the commentariat.

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Our poor little rich nation

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Michael Pascoe Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon believes that, if households in the top 5 per cent are struggling, 95 per cent of us must be really bad off. The week ahead with Michael Pascoe.

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Migration soars and fools fly in

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Michael Pascoe Some of the best and brightest people want to come to Australia. Pity so many of us are "struggling" on $250,000 a year.

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Real Estate

Grants do not help first home buyers

Apartments in Melbourne's CBD.

Michael Pascoe The mess that has been made of helping first home buyers or, to give this business its real name, hand outs for the housing industry.

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Watchdog flags its fatal weakness: no teeth

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Michael Pascoe ASIC has again highlighted its inability to crack down on fraudsters, even when they're operating in plain sight.

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Strange days, fur sure

Michael Pascoe It's not just the Labor Party capable of strange days indeed - US department store Neiman Marcus has been done over by the Federal Trade Commission for selling real fur as faux.