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Michael Pascoe is a BusinessDay contributing editor. He comments on companies, markets and the economy.
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.
Michael Pascoe Dodgy operators around the nation should rejoice in the news that Freya Newman has pleaded guilty to accessing restricted data and faces the possibility of a couple of years in prison.
Michael Pascoe Joe Hockey could do with a change of fortune. With his personal approval ratings shot, the budget in all sorts of bother, Tony Abbott bullying him over who can be Treasury secretary and Peter...
Michael Pascoe Proposed Chinese regulations aiming to curb coal fueled pollution might not harm Australian coal industry after all. Michael Pascoe explains.
Michael Pascoe Reports of Old King Coal’s death have been exaggerated, but he’s certainly not as healthy as he used to be.
Michael Pascoe It happens, but not very often: neighbours band together to sell their houses for substantially more as a group than they could as individuals.
Michael Pascoe Expectations of a US interest rate rise in the offing have been supporting the US dollar and that’s been helping our dollar weaken.
Michael Pascoe A possible nervous start to the week after a weekend of softer Chinese statistics, Scottish voting and Australia joining another war. Michael Pascoe comments
Michael Pascoe "Competitive federalism" was explicitly pushed by the Coalition's Commission of Audit, is implicit in Joe Hockey's first budget and is likely to underpin the looming federalism white paper.
Michael Pascoe It takes two graphs to put the current mini-panic over the iron ore price into perspective, to realise that Australian miners should eventually do quite nicely out of the present shakeout.
Michael Pascoe The economic momentum Joe Hockey has belatedly spotted appears to be slowing.
Michael Pascoe We’re well used to the “Australian premium” – the extra price charged for everything here from iTunes to Mercedes Benz because, well, because the importers can.
Michael Pascoe A massive week for statistics and a busy one for the Reserve Bank. Michael Pascoe reports.
Michael Pascoe It sometimes seems capital investment commentary in Australia concentrates on mining and manufacturing, perhaps because they are industries with unhappy outlooks and bad news is good news.
Michael Pascoe You’re running a failing business in an industry that’s on the nose, plagued by corruption and other illegalities.
Michael Pascoe Remember the usual doomcasters not very long ago suggesting that this would not be a nice corporate reporting season? Turns out they were wrong, even on the largely irrelevant game of market...
Michael Pascoe It has been an easy and tempting line: the restructuring of BHP Billiton announced this week was something of a demerger of the old BHP and old Billiton.