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Michael Pascoe is a BusinessDay contributing editor. He comments on companies, markets and the economy.
Michael Pascoe Never mind those juicy dividends what about the lazy mountain of cash businesses are gifting to the big banks’ safes?
Michael Pascoe It’s only to be expected that a bank CEO will talk his own book and not miss a chance for a little lobbying, but it was a dismal effort by ANZ’s Mike Smith last week to try to scare...
Michael Pascoe Come Halloween, the market’s scary month finishes on a positive note. Michael Pascoe comments.
Michael Pascoe It's Halloween, but the market's ghouls and bogeymen have largely disappeared at this end of the traditional scary month. Whatever did happen to all those forecasts of disaster?
Michael Pascoe Poor old negative gearing, carrying the can for perceived housing affordability problems, fitted out as a convenient scapegoat, so much easier to blame it than to deal with the myriad factors bearing...
Michael Pascoe With 40-odd per cent of S&P 500 companies having reported so far, nearly 80 per cent have beaten earnings expectations and 60 per cent have beaten sales expectations. Michael Pascoe comments.
Michael Pascoe Gough Whitlam's death forces us to re-examine what we've become as a nation.
Michael Pascoe Unfortunately economics isn’t as simple as the average minister for employment might make out.
Michael Pascoe The housing market is considerably more complicated than much simplistic political headlining makes out. So how is the foreign house buyer really affecting the market.
Michael Pascoe Joe invited Rupert to be the after dinner entertainment for a group of of G20 finance ministers this week. Michael Pascoe comments.
Michael Pascoe Everyone knows first home buyers have been squeezed out of the housing market. But everyone is wrong.
Michael Pascoe This is a country where even bad news provides opportunity. There is a strong argument for the Australian dollar to weaken further, but also for money wanting to stay here.
Michael Pascoe The Brisbane G20 meeting is primarily an economic summit, not a political or human rights convention.
Michael Pascoe Chasing above-average performance for most managers has meant they’ve only been chasing their own tails – and failing
Michael Pascoe Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, step back from another pull on the "big new tax" lever. You can pay for the war and set course for a surplus much more intelligently than that.
Michael Pascoe There was bemusement to be had on two fronts yesterday concerning Australia’s banks: the "surprise" of their share prices bouncing; and the "surprise" of lower than expected retail sales...
Michael Pascoe Maybe it's a retro thing, in keeping with Frank Sinatra singing Come Fly With Me. Frank was of the era of broads and dames, so the idea of "hosties" rather than cabin crew or flight attendants fits.
Michael Pascoe Some of the more excitable headlines about the place on Wednesday suggested the Reserve Bank's Financial Stability Review marked the launching of Operation Loan Stoppers.
Michael Pascoe House prices seem to be a problem for everyone except the federal government.
Michael Pascoe The start of the week has one absolute certainty. There will be more stuff about house prices, the national obsession. Michael Pascoe comments.