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Michael Pascoe is a BusinessDay contributing editor. He comments on companies, markets and the economy.
Michael Pascoe It’s a fair guess that the Murray Financial System Inquiry will be one more headache for the Treasurer when he has plenty already. Michael Pascoe comments.
Michael Pascoe Spending on sales training has soared by 24 per cent over the past two years and the CRM market is up 17 per cent – but Australian sales reps’ performance is still falling.
Michael Pascoe Fortescue Metals Group is rumoured to be considering closing its Cloudbreak mine as the falling iron price takes its toll on higher-cost sites, according to Standard Bank’s bulks analyst,...
Michael Pascoe After all the hearings and submissions, the House of Representatives Economics Committee Report on Foreign Investment in Residential Real Estate boils down to this sentence on page 86:
Michael Pascoe I’m becoming a little worried about the Reserve Bank deputy governor, Philip Lowe. If he keeps making so much sense, seeing the big picture through the political posturing, there are dark...
Michael Pascoe If FoFA really is the Future of Financial Advice, financial advice doesn’t have much of a future.
Michael Pascoe It’s become a regular part of the Reserve Bank governor’s speeches to remind people that economists aren’t especially good at forecasting.
Michael Pascoe A conversation with a Melbourne real estate developer earlier this year turned unexpectedly to his dislike of Chinese investors.
Michael Pascoe It would be rather funny if global leaders weren't already trying to grow the global economy by as much as possible
Michael Pascoe It’s OK, the overwhelming security and over hyped world leaders are leaving, with the rest of the week belonging to the RBA, says Michael Pascoe.
Michael Pascoe Sydney has a shortage of hotel rooms, so what's with James Packer insisting he needed a casino licence to justify building a big flash hotel? Michael Pascoe comments.
Michael Pascoe Retiring Westpac CEO Gail Kelly has had a very fine innings and the indisputable figures to prove it – but she was not Superwoman.
Michael Pascoe You can blame the Stones. You can blame the rise of cruising’s popularity. You can blame the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress.
Michael Pascoe Compared with its Big Four peers, NAB has been on the nose with the market years. But super bull Charlie Aitken says its time for a change.
Michael Pascoe The not-quite-a-story of political soft-shoe sidestepping has been steadily building towards the government taxation white paper. Michael Pascoe comments
Michael Pascoe Sunday must have been a slow news day – Tony Abbott’s parliamentary secretary, Josh Frydenberg, managed to get headlines for thinking that payroll tax is not a good and efficient way of...
Michael Pascoe How the mighty have fallen, how radically our inbound tourism industry has changed: international tourism is booming, despite the number of Japanese visitors has more than halved.
Michael Pascoe The national economic outlook remains more or less steady following the RBA’s quarterly statement on monetary policy.
Michael Pascoe There's no surprise about the industrial-scale tax avoidance lurking behind IKEA's carefully promoted clean, green and socially responsible Swedish veneer – it's been a galling advantage the...
Michael Pascoe I like a little good news as much as the next journalist, probably more so, but this week's four-times-as-good-as-expected retail sales figures? I don't buy them, so to speak.