Michael West

Michael West

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

ASX cooks up a sweet foreign ownership plan to lick the competition

Michael West ASX is having its cake, eating it and asking government to ensure nobody else gets a slice.

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Superannuation television ads in the spotlight

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Michael West Another skirmish has flared in the decade of hostilities between industry funds and retail funds.

Sunland property case throws up difficult questions

Michael West The question remains, why did $7 million end up in Matthew Joyce's account if it wasn't his?

'Nice guy' must please shareholders and customers alike

Michael West Cameron Clyne, the departing chief executive of National Australia Bank, assumed the reins at the apogee of the global financial crisis, just six weeks before the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

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Revealing look at ASIC's practices

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Michael West James Wheeldon joined the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in mid-2004.

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Watchdog favoured big business, says former ASIC lawyer

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Michael West A lawyer who worked for the Australian Securities & Investments Commission has told the Senate how he was under pressure to do amend laws in favour of the giants of the financial services industry,...

BHP spin-off would be good for shareholders

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Michael West Reports that BHP may be mooting a $20 billion spinoff are to be welcomed by investors.

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Westpac's 'no-brainer' brings financial advice debate to mind

Michael West Raymond Tatnell's financial adviser told him the investment was 'a no-brainer'. He was right.

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Risks outweigh Medibank float's meagre reward

Michael West There is still much in the way of lard to be excised and smaller rivals to be preyed upon.

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Heart of darkness: Scam allegations follow gold bars, kidnap and $100,000 fees

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Michael West Rodney Smart went to Ghana in 2012 to do a gold deal. Instead, the former real estate agent from Double Bay in Sydney says he ended up being kidnapped in the neighbouring West African republic of...

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Powerful continue to triumph over the powerless

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Michael West Abbott's red tape rendered a red herring by an issue of greater consequence.

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No need to fear AGL’s gas supply ‘cliff’

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Michael West Anybody who has been listening to AGL or the media coverage it has received this week will have heard the message loud and clear: we are heading for a cliff.

Blinkered to threat of rising oil prices

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Michael West Worldwide oil production would have peaked by now had it not been for the US shale boom.

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Elmer Funke Kupper: supreme leader swims in his own 'dark pools'

Michael West Supreme leader of the ASX keeps his grip over financial markets in Australia.

The fisherman caught out by the low-doc loan

Su-Lin Tan and Michael West Graham Filmer used to earn a living 30 kilometres off the coast of Corny Point in South Australia long-line fishing for sharks – mostly bronze whalers, gummies and schoolies – and catching snapper.

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Super Rupert : Murdoch in investment management foray with Alan Kohler

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Michael West Rupert Murdoch's News Limited is considering a proposal by finance guru Alan Kohler to expand into investment management.

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Has bank lobbying de-fanged FOFA?

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Michael West The single greatest policy challenge in financial markets is the hegemony of the banks.

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Ignore page count, just note number on the front

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Michael West Rural communities riven in dissent, angry blockades, a grazier chained to a drill rig, farmers arm-in-arm at the barricades with greenies, the conservative Sydney talk show host Alan Jones allied...

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Industry super funds are not all low-cost havens

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Michael West The latest figures from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) show industry funds performed about 30 per cent better than retail over 10 years.

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Watchdog shies away from enforcement

Michael West In mid-2008 the ASIC was warned Storm Financial group was going to blow up.