Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe

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

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The boom goes on - without the bubble

The environment groups are concerned about the impact of the export coal boom.

Michael Pascoe BHP's Olympic Dam announcement finally gave Tony Abbott some bad news in which to revel, but the commodities boom is far from over.

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Larry Pickering - the conman stalking Gillard

Pickering

Michael Pascoe Aside from Slater and Gordon denying the allegation, there's a major problem with the latest instalment in the vitriolic anti-Gillard campaign being waged by Larry Pickering: it's being waged by...

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Michael Pascoe The story of this reporting season remains one of companies not wanting to disappoint analysts' guesses.

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Henry lives! Big new taxes coming ... some day

Dr Ken Henry

Michael Pascoe The Henry tax review is alive and kicking, the flame kept burning in places as diverse as the Treasury, Moody's and anywhere that the nation's future is seriously considered.

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Raiding the bank penalty money pot

barrister

Michael Pascoe Class actions such as the battle with ANZ over bank fees show Australia is headed down the US path of excess litigation.

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Beyond the headlines, China grows strongly

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Michael Pascoe You've seen the headlines about shocking Chinese economics statistics disappointing markets, now try the story: China is growing strongly.

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Michael Pascoe The end of a week when profits – and losses – were measured in billions, when the labour market continued to hold up, when Chinese and Australian inflation continued to go down.

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The big bull call: bear market is over

Bull

Michael Pascoe A couple of analysts reckon the stars are finally aligned: the five-year bear market for equities ends this month.

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RBA looks beyond market's fear and loathing

Mask

Michael Pascoe With most pointers looking positive for the Australian economy, the Reserve Bank almost has reason to be cocky.

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Life in a low-inflation climate, carbon tax and all

Carbon tax

Michael Pascoe A very early reading suggests there's no strain at all for the RBA to keep its promise of ignoring the carbon price effect, just as it did the introduction of the GST.

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Michael Pascoe The end of a week that saw foreign central banks continue to talk a stimulation game but do nothing, while James Packer talks a Crown casino for Sydney as if it’s a done deal.

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China reaction: fire, ready, aim!

China

Michael Pascoe There's already been too much written about Olympic medals or the lack thereof, but there's a little symbolism on offer of something much bigger than one smallish country's pre-occupation with...

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Retailers have little to whinge about

Michael Pascoe The gap continues to widen between what consumers say and what they do as retail spending surged ahead in the June quarter.

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Pensioners climbing the ladder of affordability

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Michael Pascoe Aged pensioners continue to be the standout winners over nearly five years of Labor Federal government.

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BHP Billiton in a dark place

BHP Billiton boss Marius Kloppers

Michael Pascoe Some odd things are going on at BHP Billiton and it's time CEO Marius Kloppers dealt with them.

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Michael Pascoe This week saw Qantas management looking for another means of flying away and inflation at its lowest level since the Asian financial crisis.

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Pesky economist won't let Big Sugar lie

A group of scientists has called for sugar to be regulated in the same way as alchol and tobacco.

Michael Pascoe Rory Robertson's bets are getting bigger, with $40,000 on the line over a fight about Australia's fondness for sugar.

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Accessing a headline opinion

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Michael Pascoe Deloitte Access Economics got great play for their gloomy forecasts. So what does a look at their track record of predictions tell us?.

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Now for something different: inflation too low

Inflation.

Michael Pascoe It's 15 years since the Reserve Bank's core inflation measures fell below the bank's target range. It's highly likely we'll find out on Wednesday that inflation is again too low.

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Michael Pascoe The end of a week with a bit more roller coaster action on the markets, while politics remained politics.