Michael West

Michael West

Michael West comments on companies, markets and the economy. He is a former SMH business editor.

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Sun may be setting on another empire

Michael West How a whistleblower in the US won millions; the trend of companies suing their shareholders; and Norway's Enron.

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Auto makers pull ads from Carsales

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Michael West The big car makers have struck out on their own, removing their ads from the online site.

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Jamaicans question deal with Australian company

Jamaica

Michael West The island is abuzz with speculation of how EWI has mysteriously won the tender to build the nation's new power station.

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Lose or be locked out; you bet!

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Michael West If you gamble online, the odds are you are - sorry, there is no easy way to put this - a loser.

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Opinion

Resort dreamers keep casino chips close to the chest

Michael West Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate reckons his region can do with another five casinos. Tate is a visionary.

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No joy for investors with Drake mansion sale

Michael West Once valued at $37 million, Peter Drake's four-storey mansion fetched just $7.35 million at auction on Sunday.

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Turn back the nodes - an NBN conundrum

Michael West We would not recognise a bit of fibre-to-the-node if it poked us in the neck but the latest twist in the saga of the national broadband network has been an eye-catcher.

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ICAA charts a mysterious course

Accountant

Michael West A proposed merger with its New Zealand counterpart raises more questions than answers.

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Kennett's power play not right this time

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Michael West The regulator is still being 'gamed' whether the poacher is a private entity or public.

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Corporates can't lose in the welfare state

Michael West There was Lloyd Blankfein on Wednesday night, like the cat that got the cream, talking about the elevation of his firm Goldman Sachs into the world's premier share index, the Dow.

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Boart Longyear living on the edge

Boart Longyear

Michael West Boart Longyear stock has gone into a trading halt and investors await details of a debt deal.

Grim outlook for investors as LM administrator chases funds

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Michael West Gold Coast impresario Peter Drake told administrators he cannot repay a $16.9 million loan.

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Slim pickings for LM investors

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Michael West Gold Coast impresario Peter Drake has told administrators he cannot repay the $16.9 million loan made to one of his private companies from LM's Managed Performance Fund.

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Banking boom takes an easy ride on taxpayer guarantee

Fairfax Media writer

Michael West There is no other business so mollycoddled, so assured of survival, thanks to the taxpayer.

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Good haven! Even the government does it

Michael West Did you know the Future Fund has no fewer than 43 subsidiaries in foreign tax havens?

No charity at home for Lehman crash victims

Michael West This week marks the five-year anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers.

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Lehman liquidators and hangers-on the winners in Australian saga

Lehman

Michael West This week marks the five-year anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers and the zenith of the global financial crisis.

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Stoush in the hen house

Michael West The manager of Chicken Income Fund is confident he will survive a vote to oust him.

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Poultry investors may clip Rural Funds wings

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Michael West Chicken, wine and almonds tend to go down nicely at the dinner table but would they fare so well in a sharemarket float?

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Banks use tax havens to conceal

Michael West Why does BHP have offices in the Swiss town Zug? Why did CBA previously make such a handsome profit in Malta?