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Tim Treadgold

Perth commentator Tim Treadgold is one of the state's highest-profile business journalists. He brings decades of experience to Business News, offering readers sharp and insightful analysis of current events and breaking news.

Virus threat to group travel model

Tourism is the canary in the coalmine ahead of the global economic hit expected as China slows while dealing with the coronavirus.

Connections could lift lithium

OPINION: Western Australia’s lithium boom, which ran out of steam last year, will not be returning soon given the nationwide slowdown in China as it battles to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Divergence and delusion

There are concerns the share market’s strength doesn’t accurately reflect the nation’s economic performance, or outlook.

‘Energy inequality’ can’t be ignored

OPINION: Emerging countries will need to be brought into the tent if a global reduction in carbon emissions is to be achieved.

Retail outlook takes another hit

What Christmas gave to Australian retailers, the bushfires are taking away, but there could be worse to come for shopkeepers and shopping centre owners when the latest international trends wash up here.

Upside to negative news

OPINION: WA again stands to be the beneficiary of trouble elsewhere, with local producers of lithium, gold, iron ore and hydrocarbons the likely winners.

Risky loans a car crash in the making

Ultra-low interest rates are driving a new subprime crisis in the US.

CloudKitchens plans to eat into market share

OPINION: A new US meal-delivery model could make its way to Australia.

Trade peace, gas projects key in 2020

OPINION: A better year is in prospect for WA’s resources-led economy but much has to go right on the international and local fronts.

Westpac too reliant on computers

OPINION: The Westpac transactions scandal exposes its dependence, and that of the other banks, on computerised processing to replace people and cut costs.

Battle lines drawn over LNG plans

The Scarborough gasfields appear set to be at the heart of a development versus environment showdown that will have major political implications.

The power of money

OPINION: The investment opportunities offered by new energy models could change the debate over climate policy.

Easy money comes at a cost

OPINION: As welcome as they are for borrowers, the current era of ultra-low interest rates is creating the climate for a financial crisis.

US intent clear in rare earth pact

OPINION: Australia is seeking to find a delicate balance in terms of trade with a major customer, China, and its strategic alliance with the US.

Many roads to failure

OPINION: Business sectors slow to recognise the need to shift gears in the face of technological change will struggle to survive.

The piper must be paid

OPINION: Sensible debate about the cost of progressive environmental policy is missing amid the noise from politicians and green activists.

Goal posts moving again in super review

OPINION: Political battlelines drawn as the Morrison government delves into the workings of the $2.8 trillion superannuation industry.

Saudi sting opens window for WA

OPINION: Every cloud has a silver lining, even the attacks on the Saudi Arabian oil industry, because they could provide the incentive for customers to seek more liquefied natural gas from Western Australia.

State services not safe from disruption

Digital disruption seems set to affect the government’s provision of transport services, and other offerings are also ripe for the picking.

BP moves goalposts for LNG

Alaska is a long way from Western Australia, but what’s just happened in the oil industry there could have a significant effect on plans to expand this state’s liquefied natural gas industry.

Resources dependence exposes WA

OPINION: Global economic and political events may dampen demand for minerals from some major WA projects.

At this rate it’s all negative

OPINION: Low interest rates create winners and losers, but ultimately are a sign all’s not well with the world.

Tax, rate cuts lift retail confidence

ANALYSIS: A recent rise in share prices for listed retailers reflects some positive signs across the economy.

Market mirage on miners’ price points

ANALYSIS: An $A record gold price has the sector abuzz, while the sharp correction in iron ore prices will expose the looming reliance on WA’s vast deposits of low-grade ore.

Adding value to lithium

OPINION: The failure of government and business to work together effectively in Chile provides a clear lesson for WA’s lithium players.

Multiple moving pieces cool gold fever

OPINION: Several factors have converged to lift the price of gold in $A terms, but local events may yet play a part in how lucrative those returns are to WA producers.

Screws tighten a tad for LNG

OPINION: Incentives or government intervention might be needed to align the interests of the many joint venture partners in WA’s major LNG assets.

New trade climate not so nice

OPINION: Now might be a good time for a walk down memory lane in terms of trade and business, particularly given the behaviour of some of the world’s major economies and political players.

Disruption the result of a rates race to the bottom

OPINION: Long-term low interest rates could fundamentally alter the way the economy works, with significant social flow-on effects.

Access key to online sales growth

The fact that online retail still comprises a relatively small part of total sales is cold comfort to bricks-and-mortar businesses.

Outlook uncertain amid foreign fracas

OPINION: WA has no control over the biggest issue facing its short-term economic outlook – the US-China trade war, which could cut demand for the state’s commodities.

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Window opens for lithium hopefuls

ANALYSIS: Worldwide demand for lithium is rising and more than 20 companies in WA are on board for the ride.

All good things must eventually come to an end

A number of asset classes are facing the likelihood of a bust this year, with WA watchers’ eyes trained on the lithium sector.

WA lithium gets jump on rivals

ANALYSIS: A forecast global surge into electric cars and buyers’ growing preference for the state’s hard rock lithium ore is putting a rocket into the sector.

New model shake-up for online used car sales

The second-hand car business was revolutionised 20 years ago with the arrival of the internet, but there is a second revolution under way that promises to be even more disruptive and could have a significant effect on some of Western Australia’s best-known car yards.

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Doubts over Qantas flight plan

OPINION: As promising as it sounds, the prospect of non-stop flights from Perth to London might not be the success some people seem to believe.

Analysis: The e-tail retail divide

If anyone didn't already know that the internet is a powerful tool for retailing they do now thanks to Australia's best ever example of how to shoot yourself in the foot.

Wine a contender for worst industry

Margaret River grape growers might hate the idea of a coal mine in their backyard, but unless the outlook for Australian wine improves they might have to change their minds.

Analysis: Bunnings' market strategy

Price fixing is illegal. What about product pegging? If you haven't heard that expression before, get used to it because it is about to revolutionise Australian retailing.