Michael West

Michael West

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

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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

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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.

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The Scarlet Pimpernel of funds management

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Michael West The mysterious Peter Drake is executive director of the ill-fated LM First Mortgage Fund whose investors are hurting badly.

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The devil and the deep blue sea

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Michael West ''On the surface, they can still exercise their iniquitous laws, fight, devour each other, and indulge in all their earthly horrors.

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Centro payout gives major auditors a sinking feeling

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Michael West PwC's settlement will not only raise professional indemnity fees, but damages the industry.

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Spreading the pain of PPPs

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Michael West Public private partnerships too frequently deliver shocker deals but it's not always the taxpayers who foot the bill.

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Centro settlement raises more questions than it answers

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Michael West The irking thing about this Centro settlement is that it raises more questions than it answers.

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Sick company in children's hospital deal

The New Royal Childrens Hospital.

Michael West Why does the state not properly monitor the financial position of its PPP owners and managers?

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Time to come clean on public-private finances

Michael West The Victorian government's partner in the $1 billion Royal Children's Hospital project was none other than Babcock & Brown, the financial engineer whose empire of leverage and exotic corporate...