Michael West

Michael West

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

Jetstar pilots stood down after NZ incident

Jetstar landing gear

Michael West Jetstar is under investigation by CASA and two pilots have been stood down following an incident earlier this month.

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Stability, popularity poles apart when power bills soar

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Michael West What will the polling numbers look like when electricity goes through the roof?

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With financial stimulus, more is less

Michael West Pricing in credit markets shows that a law of diminishing returns applies to splashing cash.

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Free money begins to gush

Swiss holiday

Michael West Who said there's no such thing as free money? The Swiss, it seems, have found a way of repaying debt - by selling bonds.

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Trio investors demand release of documents

Jack Flader

Michael West Investors in the Trio Capital fraud have called for the release of documents they hope will expose the associates of the criminal mastermind Jack Flader.

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Rollicking times for con artists

Michael West Warning: what follows is not a parody. Fraudsters have conferences too. We have a conference program here to prove it.

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The quintessential selling tool

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Michael West Warning: this is not a parody. Fraudsters have conferences too. We have a conference program here to prove it.

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Gloomy news easy fodder for wolves

Michael West As Australia's miracle economy chugs along, markets remain unnerved by events overseas.

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Are the wolves about to get it right?

Political victim ... the grey wolf.

Michael West The trouble with those touting 'Armageddon scenarios' is that they can no longer be so easily dismissed.

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Keeping tabs on land grabs

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Michael West It is hard to tell exactly when the deal was done, but a group of Chinese businessmen have quietly put their collective foot on a block of land half the size of the Australian Capital Territory.

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Mysterious Chinese deal highlights FIRB secrecy

Farm

Michael West A group of Chinese businessmen has put their collective foot on a block of land half the size of the Australian Capital Territory. Why is FIRB so cagey on questions about it?

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Mayday, mayday: the sharemarket's sinking

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Michael West Last month's stock slump and a sluggish US recovery are raising fears of an 'Armageddon scenario'.

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Anxiety pervades skittish markets

Michael West A sharemarket dabbler would have done well this year to adhere to the old adage "sell in May and go away", provided they sold at the beginning of the month.

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Why ASIC needs to come clean on Hancock

Michael West The plot thickens. Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting has failed to comply with the law by not filing its accounts on time and the corporate regulator has failed to uphold the law.

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Power sector primed for overload

Robertson family

Michael West A farming family finds out the hard way that some of our key utilities face perverse incentives to invest more than they need to.

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Beyond the visage, Joyce begs a flying leap of faith

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Michael West Qantas' chief has the hardest gig in Australia and the airline's restructure is yet another challenge.

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Power play a winner for AGL

Spark.

Michael West From the carbon price handouts to rising electricity costs, AGL has done well out of its Loy Yang grab.

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Rescue service in need of a lifeline

Teen rescued from cliff fall at Lesmurdie.

Michael West The National Safety Council of Australia may be Project No. 1 for the government's new regulator of really not-for-profit organisations.

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Politics is just a diversion as BHP whacks the zombie

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Michael West Ladies and gentlemen, we have the great pleasure to unveil today a landmark charitable initiative.

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BHP story that almost never was

Michael West Ladies and gentlemen, we have the great pleasure to unveil today a landmark charitable initiative that will assist the underprivileged in their fight for survival.