Michael West

Michael West

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

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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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Tax reform needed, not a circus

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Michael West Political acrobats flip around tax reform while they perform incredible spending feats.

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Related-party deal brings back the memories

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Michael West In days of yore, the related-party transactions used to flow thick and fast.

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The means test. It's just not that mean

GENERIC- super, superannuation, retirement, retiree, boats, yachts.

Michael West OK you champions of the executive perk, we obviously failed to adequately recognise executives' contributions to society.

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Inequity of super generosity

Super grab is coming (Thumbnail)

Michael West Australia boasts what is perhaps the most generous middle-class welfare system in the world.

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What they are about to receive - from the judge

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Michael West Finally, a judge has thrown the book at some insolvency types for pettifogging.


Coe estate in sights for Allco action

The Allco Finance Group.

Michael West The estate of the late David Coe is being pursued in a shareholder class action.

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Something off about election bets


Michael West Election betting is a sham, a shabby pretext for free advertising in the media.

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Newcrest must be open and even-handed

Newcrest Mining?s Cadia East Decline Project, a gold-copper mine in central NSW, 2011.

Michael West Newcrest has copped a lot of flak lately for "selective briefings", that is, providing information to a handful of favoured analysts without making an announcement to the broader market so the "mums...

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Newcrest open to predators

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Michael West It would be unlikely if the Chinese, and indeed US juggernauts Newmont and Anglo, were not keeping a close eye on the jewel in Newcrest's crown.