Michael West

Michael West

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

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The soft underbelly of the regulator

Michael West The ASIC email chain for Kagara is chilling. Given the questions over the failed miner's administration, it is critical the regulator is seen to be doing its job properly.

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Kagara creditors in the dark

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Michael West ANZ Banking Group called in its loan to Kagara in April last year. That spelt the end.

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More fuel for the ASIC fire

Michael West It was not a pleasant week for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Duet responds to transation fee claims

Michael West Duet Group responds to Michael West's investigation.

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'Loan fraud' - but no investigation

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Michael West ASIC is yet to launch an investigation into what consumer activist Denise Brailey calls "Australia's subprime crisis".

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Duet's 'simplification' more a trick than a transaction


Michael West The Duet Group has unveiled its "Group Simplification Proposal", the documentation for what may be deemed the most unnecessary deal of the year.


Ex-CBA exec heads Macquarie's 'Project Linus'

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Michael West Macquarie Group has hired a former Commonwealth Bank executive to handle its regime of regulatory sanctions.

Lenders accused of 'systemic fraud'

Denise Brailey

Michael West Veteran consumer rights campaigner Denise Brailey is to make public 2500 private emails and bank documents from Monday to expose what she describes as ''Australia's subprime crisis''.

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Missing pieces in a low-doc lending trail that shattered lives

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Michael West Emails suggest some banks orchestrated the reckless fall in lending standards as the credit boom approached its crescendo in 2007.

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Why you're never too old for the banks

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Michael West Heather Simmers was 98, Westpac signed her up for a 30-year mortgage.

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Warning signs at the punchbowl

Michael West They conjure up marvellous euphemisms in financial markets. The latest is 'tapering'.

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Fundsters get the nod and the cash prize to go with it

Fund managers soaring.

Michael West The best job in the world, without peer, is the job of Australian fund manager.

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Empire strikes back against shareholders

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Michael West and Su-Lin Tan What Empire Oil & Gas lacks in size, it surely makes up in attitude.


Blow for Newcrest - exploration licence quashed

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Michael West In a stunning decision, a NSW court finds in favour of a small explorer, sending a strong message on who should hold mining and exploration leases.


Monopoly delivered on a platter

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Michael West To quote historian Niall Ferguson, they should ensure the survival of the fittest, not the fattest.

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Hostilities boil over into world war spree

Michael West Here we are sitting pretty at the tail end of the biggest boom in history. You could be forgiven for thinking things were not too bad.

World war spree is declared

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Michael West Here we are sitting pretty at the tail end of the biggest boom in history. What with interest rates at a 50-year low, unemployment at just 5.

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Dressing down local rag traders

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Michael West Lisa Ho hit the wall after only last month jettisoning plans to list on the stock exchange.

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Mateship, it is obvious, can come at a high price

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Michael West Give a man a coalmine, make him rich, and what does he do? Tells everybody he's not your mate.

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Battle for Trust Company

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Michael West The Perpetual takeover bid is a thing of dreams for long-suffering shareholders in Trust Company of Australia. For Trust Company's other suitor however, it is a nightmare.