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Michael West comments on companies, markets and the economy. He is a former SMH business editor.
Michael West The latest figures from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) show industry funds performed about 30 per cent better than retail over 10 years.
Michael West In mid-2008 the ASIC was warned Storm Financial group was going to blow up.
Michael West Rubbery figures about Australia's demand for gas are being used to ram through approval for coal seam gas fracking projects earmarked for export.
Michael West The release of Boart Longyear's 2013 earnings on Monday paints a sombre picture.
Michael West The release of Boart’s 2013 earnings this morning paints a sombre picture.
Michael West If Tony Abbott wants to achieve lower power prices, he will need to be better advised.
Michael West Got a call from a contact the other day; you'd better have a look at this, he said.
Michael West The administrators of failed funds management operation LM Group have quietly sold a beachside property to a confidante and key associate of LM’s founder Peter Drake for less than half its previous...
Michael West As his empire was imploding, Peter Drake was busy transferring cash to his girlfriend.
Michael West To save money, Abbott might be tempted to look at the Australian Information Commissioner office.
Michael West For manufacturers and consumers alike, the soaring price of gas is disturbing.
Michael West This story is not just about greenies versus miners. It is about common sense.
Michael West Rarely will a judge remove the cloak of secrecy between a lawyer and their client.
Michael West What a tedious spectacle it is - the left and right tearing strips off each other over the ABC.
Michael West Qantas and Virgin have embarked on the biggest mail-out of unsolicited debit cards in the country’s history.
Michael West Lenders, aggregators and brokers have hit back at accusations by Choice magazine that ''lax'' lending standards and high loan-to-value ratio (LVR) loans are putting consumers at risk.
Michael West Regulators are sidestepping concerns the big four banks could be short-changing investors on the cash in their respective superannuation accounts.
Michael West There is a mysterious and dashing new corporate raider on the scene.
Michael West Merry Christmas to all! What a rollicking good year it was. Let us present the 2013 gongs for high achievement in the corporate arena.
Michael West Australians' superannuation cash is being pushed into low-returning savings accounts that help boost the profits of the big four banks, a Fairfax Media investigation has found.