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.

Vitol bets against Dutch disease

The state’s rising demand for fuels and lubricants has prompted a deal between Shell and Dutch-owned but Swiss-based Vitol.

Aussie icons get left behind

There's no point in an Australian government trying to save a business regarded as a national icon if Australians have stopped buying the services of that business.

Wheels within resources wheels

The cost-cutting phase of the current resources cycle has been a ‘success’, and an upswing could be just around the bend.

Money moving from WA projects

Western Australia has reclaimed its position at centre stage in the money world, not because it is sucking in development capital but more so because it has become a global cash cow.

Costs pushing business offshore

The cost of doing business in Australia means the country has become an investment no-go zone for international companies.

Forge: a failure of management

It's not often that 6,000 investors are in total agreement, but in the case of the collapsed Forge Group there’s no doubt that all of the company’s shareholders will recognise that the failure had one cause – management incompetence.

Boomers stock up for long haul

Only a courageous investor would bet against the buying power of the self-managed super funds, which one recent investment note said ‘hunted in packs’.

Well placed to take Africa opportunity

Mining Indaba conference highlights infrastructure and transport concerns as Barnett seeks to solidify relationships with African companies.

Opportunities and obstacles in Africa

Colin Barnett will be hoping his encouragement of Africa’s mining sector doesn’t come back to bite him.

Clear air for magnetite?

After five years in the financial sin bin there is a flicker of hope on the horizon for Western Australia’s magnetite iron ore processing industry, with Gindalbie Metals and Sino Iron in line for a revenue boost emanating from an unlikely source – China’s polluted environment.

Resources ills talk for the birds

There’s still plenty of upside to the state’s resources sector as WA shifts focus to meet customers’ needs.

Beament all-in on Barrick Gold buy

If nothing else, Bill Beament has just cemented for himself a place in Australian business history by placing one of the biggest bets ever on the future price of gold – and possibly on the future value of the Australian dollar.

Investors unwilling to cop a loss on ore

The market reaction to a small dip in the iron ore price last week suggests a degree of uncertainty among investors.

Credit Suisse goes big on property

Could house prices rise by another 10 per cent this year? Surprisingly the answer is ‘perhaps’, and that’s not coming from a real estate agent trying to make a quick sale.

Political play in GST push

If the GST rules are not changed, WA risks perpetuating its status as a cash cow propping up inefficient east coast manufacturers and retailers.

Indonesian export laws could boost WA nickel

It’s called a supply-side surprise and unless the sometimes erratic government of Indonesia changes its mind by Monday, WA’s beleaguered nickel-mining industry could receive a welcome boost.

Clouds loom over Rainbow Nation

The passing of Nelson Mandela will have significant consequences for South Africa.

The great stock exchange cull

It is said that in space no-one can hear you scream. Amusingly, in a dark sort of way, the same can be said of the stock exchange during a crash because it’s unlikely that anyone heard a peep from the 54 (yes, 54) companies that disappeared from the Australian market over the past six months.

London calling, Australia answers

A sovereign risk no longer, Australia is fast rocketing up the charts of attractive destinations for investor funds.

Get ready, 2014 looks the goods

Is the world about to become a better place? That’s not a philosophical question, it’s simply an observation that economic conditions might be better than we realise, as shown by recent developments in China, the US and the UK.

Old stagers embrace retail change

Those who predicted the death of traditional media may have cast their votes too early.

Britannia’s investors run rule over Australia

Despite the old enemy’s comprehensive recent loss in the first Ashes cricket test, England’s rise as a sporting powerhouse has been rather annoying for Australians.

Jakarta may move in the nickel of time

A move by the Indonesian government to boost activity in its nickel mining sector could have a positive spin-off for Australian miners.

Dollar dips quietly

It has been so long coming, and there have been so many false starts, that most people have missed what looks like the long-awaited fall in the value of the Australian dollar to less than US90 cents, and perhaps below US80 cents.

Skies not so friendly for Qantas

The public, and major banks, are disappointed with the service level, and service offering, of Australian icon Qantas.

Super funds’ risky media move

Rated as the world’s fourth biggest pool of contestable cash, Australia’s $1.4 trillion superannuation sector was eventually going to struggle to find viable investments for its members, though not many people expected it take a risk with a plunge into publishing.

Cattle class rises against Ryanair

If low-cost means ever-lower service levels, then customers will probably look to buy elsewhere.

Echoes of Burke for Barnett

It might be playing with fire to own a pair of asbestos gloves these days, but Colin Barnett should borrow a pair before finalising a red-hot deal to sell the Kwinana Bulk Terminal to building materia

Bitter pill for investors’ pain

Investing in the share market is an inexact science, and biotech stocks can add a further layer of complexity to the formula.

Rinehart’s nice little earner

It will probably take Gina Rinehart a few years to catch Bill Gates in the race to be the world’s richest person, but it is easy to see how she might overhaul the Microsoft founder’s swag of $75 billion.

Recalculating Forrest’s fortune

Followers of Fortescue Metals Group and its mercurial chairman, Andrew Forrest, have been on a roller-coaster ride during the past five years; but if the current bout of optimism is well-founded, FMG could be heading back to its record price of $12 a share reached in 2008, and Mr Forrest heading for a $12 billion fortune.



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.