Michael West

Michael West

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

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CFS super calculator misleading, says lawyer

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Michael West Former ASIC insider provides more evidence the watchdog is 'beholden to the banks'.

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CFS super calculator misleading, says lawyer

Michael West James Wheeldon, the lawyer who exposed the corporate regulator's culture of favours for big banks during an explosive Senate hearing last month, has provided further evidence that the watchdog is...

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Google pays little tax while Commission of audit goes after poor

Michael West It is no small irony that the day the of audit report was released, so too were the accounts for Google Australia.

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Blame the Smurfs: Suspicious trades are fleecing investors


Michael West A boy was dragged before the courts this week for stealing two cigarette lighters. He faces a conviction under Queensland's tough new "naming and shaming" laws.

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Demerger price suits all but Westfield Trust security holders

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Michael West The Westfield demerger is a brilliant deal for shareholders in the Westfield Group, not to mention the Lowy ruling family and its phalanx of advisers.

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Sultans of super set on 'developing' your wealth

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Michael West In the footsteps of the Romans and the Ottoman Turks centuries before them, the hordes of AMP descended upon the jewel of the Bosphorus last week.

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Mystery surrounds Energy World Corporation's coup in Jamaica

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Michael West The slides for the annual meeting of Energy World Corporation in 2012 depict chairman Stewart Elliott and his trusty finance man Brian Allen departing by helicopter for a site visit in Indonesia,...

Life's no picnic when the law is in the hands of lawyers


Michael West Ian Humphrey was cycling near Adelaide when he was hit and killed by barrister Eugene McGee.

Online betting unmasked: so, are we all being gamed by an entire industry?

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Michael West Tabcorp's advice to outlets is to get rid of fixed-odds winners and focus on servicing the losers.


A ban is no deterrent for bad behaviour

Michael West Anybody up for a spot of fraud? How about some forgery for good measure?

ASIC admits lack of action in CBA probe

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Michael West The corporate regulator has conceded it knew the Commonwealth Bank had ''sanitised'' its client files during an investigation but failed to take any action.


CBA under fire at ASIC inquiry

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Michael West Commonwealth Bank's top lawyer, David Cohen, was rebuked before a senate inquiry this morning for downplaying systematic fraud within the bank's financial services arm as 'inappropriate'.

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Myer dejected as South African suitor wins DJ's heart

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Michael West Takeover bid by South Africa's Woolworths is excellent news for shareholders of David Jones, but not such good news for rival operator Myer.

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David Jones' Paul Zahra vindicated as Myer left to ponder


Michael West Analysis: The takeover bid by Woolworths of South Africa is excellent news for shareholders of David Jones but not such good news for rival Myer.

ASX cooks up a sweet foreign ownership plan to lick the competition

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Michael West ASX is having its cake, eating it and asking government to ensure nobody else gets a slice.


Superannuation television ads in the spotlight

Michael West Another skirmish has flared in the decade of hostilities between industry funds and retail funds.

Sunland property case throws up difficult questions

Michael West The question remains, why did $7 million end up in Matthew Joyce's account if it wasn't his?

'Nice guy' must please shareholders and customers alike

Michael West Cameron Clyne, the departing chief executive of National Australia Bank, assumed the reins at the apogee of the global financial crisis, just six weeks before the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

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Revealing look at ASIC's practices

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Michael West James Wheeldon joined the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in mid-2004.

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Watchdog favoured big business, says former ASIC lawyer


Michael West A lawyer who worked for the Australian Securities & Investments Commission has told the Senate how he was under pressure to do amend laws in favour of the giants of the financial services industry,...