Michael West

Michael West

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

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ICAA charts a mysterious course

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

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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


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?

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LM boss Peter Drake ploughs a loan furrow

Michael West The Gold Coast entrepreneur whose empire bit the dust in May, is back in the game.

Qantas takes a financial flight of fancy on accounting winds

Michael West There are many ways to skin a cat, but there are many more ways to present a profit result.

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Promoter may make Ticketek tilt main event

Michael West It is not just Coles and Woolies, the big banks or pay TV that spark concerns over dominant market players.

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Domain may hold the key to future gain

Michael West Real estate markets, especially Melbourne and Sydney, are at the cusp of a sales boom.

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Sydney Airport and the magical mystery tour

Michael West The government should really have just paid those MacBankers a billion dollars in protection money and hung onto Sydney Airport.

Airport's pot of gold


Michael West Sydney Airport has paid no tax in the 10 years since it was privatised by the government.

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Tale of tax reform just a lot of hot air


Michael West The bail-out of Wall Street during the global financial crisis in 2008 set in train a titanic transfer of debt from the financial sector to governments around the world.

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