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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.

Rising costs lurk behind big miners’ profits

Despite the strong profits miners are expected to announce this month, rising costs and tax imposts are major concerns.

Analysis: Bye-bye GFC, hello GCC

Officially, if you use the New York Stock Exchange as your measuring stick, the global financial crisis ended last night.

Shareholders lose when managers go rogue

An insider-trading scandal in the US could have echoes here.

Analysis: The truth about the flood levy

Tragic as the Queensland floods have been, the real lesson we are about to learn with the proposed flood tax is that government, and its inability to curb spending, not the weather, is the greatest threat to the future.

Gearing up for new opportunities in Africa

Africa is looming larger on the radar for Australian miners as a combination of factors entices investment there.

Analysis: A new way to make money

The price of antimony has doubled, an event which might cause some people to yawn, if not for the fact that it is a perfect pointer to a new way to make money.

‘Investor beware’ the message for 2011

‘Green’, not greed, may be good, but investors will need to be patient if they want a decent return.

Analysis: The art of spin

Tired of fertiliser jokes? Then relief is in sight because soon we will see through the ammonia cloud hanging around Burrup Fertilisers and get to the critical issue - where's the money.

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.

Analysis: Henry's legacy

What did Ken Henry see? That's a question Australia's top civil servant should answer before slipping into comfortable retirement, leaving a nasty tax mess behind.

Playing the political game at a safe distance

Politics and business are closely linked, but sometimes the connection can get too close for comfort.

Analysis: Get ready for the boom

It's 5am on Robin Widdup's stock market clock, time for bears to wake up and get ready for the 6am boom!

History shows dangers of third-tier finance

The government’s ‘fifth pillar’ policy may be sowing the seeds of disaster.

Analysis: The world according to Gina

Writing history, and re-writing history, that's the game plan of Gina Rinehart as she muscles her way onto the national media and political stage using her iron ore fortune.

Taking the wrong turn onto struggle street

The GFC has changed the game, and it’s time some of our wealthiest individuals wised up.

Analysis: Iron ore prices to keep rising

When is a 9 per cent iron ore price rise bad news? When it is the Christmas surprise miners will receive later today, revitalising the case for a resource super-profits tax.

Stokes comfortable in his ‘retirement’

Kerry Stokes’ Westrac-Seven empire is a unique business model, but what will happen to it when he moves on?

Analysis: The great flood float of 2010

Hang on to your hat and lock up your cash. A record-breaking flood of 52 new floats is in the queue at the stock exchange and the chance of making money in that crush is close to zero.

Gold back as a hedge against uncertainty

The people of the world have re-embraced gold as something they trust more than government paper.

Analysis: Why we love and hate the banks

If your stockbroker is telling you to not buy bank shares because the Australian Government is attacking them over fees and charges - sack him immediately.

Growth to overpower the housing surplus

Falling property prices in WA won’t last as the resources boom gets into full swing.

Analysis: Why Woodside's a screaming buy

Bye-bye Don. Hello John. We've heard the first bit, the planned departure of Woodside boss, Don Voelte. Soon we'll be greeting the new behind-the-scenes man, a human buy-signal called John Argenti.

Counting the cost of government indecision

Governments are prone to change their minds, but it’s often the consumers who pay the price.

Analysis: Bash but don't kill the banks

Bank bashing is one of Australia's oldest blood sports and always worth watching because both sides lose -- banks for their greed, politicians for their fear.

Europe stumbles, set to take a big tumble

The Aussie dollar may be enjoying rare strength against world currencies, but beware the downside.

Analysis: Singapore raid on ASX doomed

Doomed from the day it was conceived, and rightly so. That's the verdict on Singapore's proposed takeover of the Australian Securities Exchange.

No winners in currency ‘race to the bottom’

Artificial market manipulation most often leads to blowback, thanks to the immutable laws of supply and demand.

Analysis: The looming trade war

In calmer times Australia would not be asked to choose between friendship with China or the U.S. These are not normal times, and we might soon be asked that awful question.

Cracks starting to emerge in BRIC wall

It seems the BRICs aren’t in as strong a position as many would have hoped.

Analysis: Brokers losing crystal ball

Most investors rely on their brokers for share tips, which a recent survey has shown could be a rather stupid thing to do.

Tax a window to bureaucrats’ world view

The MRRT will alter the face of the mining sector.

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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.