Michael West

Michael West

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

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Energy supply deals not always what they seem

Michael West As it is, we need some consumer protection, just like dealing with financial advisers.

Big donors leave heavy lifting to mug punters

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Michael West It was not only the poor, the aged, the sick, and disabled who copped it in the budget this week.

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A closer look at Macquarie's tax situation

Michael West A few points about Macquarie's bizarre tax predicament.

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Power sector needs a good dietitian

Michael West Dividends gouged by states from the electricity sector are in effect a tax.

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Macquarie Bank's humungous tax bill catches eye

Michael West When Macquarie handed down its profit result the other day, one thing that really stood out.

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Google and Fairfax playing a different tax game

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Michael West Google Australia cut the ribbon on its new offices on the foreshore of Darling Harbour in mid 2009. The "Googleplex" is just a stone's throw from the Sydney headquarters of Fairfax Media.

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CFS super calculator misleading, says lawyer

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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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CFS super calculator misleading, says lawyer

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

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.