Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe

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

Real Estate

Grants do not help first home buyers

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.

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The perfect business opportunity - in his pants

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Michael Pascoe Not since the British pushed opium on to the Chinese and Big Tobacco targeted kiddies for addiction has there been a business model as good as the sexual dysfunction potion.

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The consumer's thoughts turn to housing

Australians are holding on to more cash than ever.

Michael Pascoe The nation's most confident consumers are young, urban, Labor-voting male tradies with household income of more than $100K a year.

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Hope or plan, government remains paralysed

gillard

Michael Pascoe It says plenty about the state of Labor that it's unclear whether the following scenario is a plan or a dream.

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The government question: is it stupid or misleading?

Brendan O'Connor

Michael Pascoe The 457 visa stoush shows we are in the hands of cynics or fools.

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Business Week

The week that was with Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe You might not have thought it possible, but the week's politics hit new lows.

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Coles, Woolies and misguided outrage

Food suppliers have been hit by the price wars between Coles and Woolworths.

Michael Pascoe No one is forcing you to shop at one of the two supermarket giants - it's your choice.

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How to improve productivity: apply sharp pain

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Michael Pascoe At some stage in this election campaign, the politicians' talk will turn airily to productivity - and they won't tell the electorate the truth because it's painful.

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RBA holding out for stormy weather

Reserve Bank of Australia

Michael Pascoe The Reserve Bank’s foot remains on the accelerator, ready to feed the economy bus more juice if any steep hills appear.

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Victoria at risk of NSW-style planning fiasco

Michael Pascoe What would happen if Eddie Obeid or Ian Macdonald ever became Victoria's planning minister? Stephen Mayne provides an answer: They'd have a field day.

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All eyes on China not the RBA

RBA deliberates while China sets the pace (Thumbnail)Click to play video

Michael Pascoe Nevermind the Reserve Bank board meeting, China’s National People’s Congress is where it's at.

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Capital goes on strike

Investment

Michael Pascoe I don’t know what happy drug the markets were on yesterday but it must have been powerful to get a positive reaction out of poor business investment figures.

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Yes, the dollar is strong; no, the RBA won't intervene

DOLLAR.

Michael Pascoe The RBA governors would like the dollar to be a bit weaker - but they can't really do much about it.

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Zero out of Ten: network still in strife

Lachlan Murdoch

Michael Pascoe Channel Ten network will soon have its fifth CEO in two years and no indication that the broadcaster has a clue about how it might climb out of its governance, ratings and financial pit.

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Toll-road forecasters' flights of fancy

Road rage.

Michael Pascoe Totally botching an alleged "core competency" four times in a row at the cost of many billions of dollars, well, that takes a special talent.

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Unsustainable pensioners

pensioner

Michael Pascoe Thursday is pay rise day for the nation's age pensioners. It's a little unfortunate it's not going to be sustainable.

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Quietly dumping Holdens

Holden assembly line.

Michael Pascoe Australian tax payers are subsidising US car buyers to very expensively preserve a few blue-collar jobs in Melbourne and Adelaide - according to Bill Shorten's definition.

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High price of the true-blue protectionists

The Holden manufacturing plant in Adelaide. Friday 31st August 2012

Michael Pascoe Australian tax payers are subsidising US car buyers to preserve a few blue-collar jobs.