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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.

How to identify a market peak

Looking for the peak is Australia’s newest national investment sport, whether it’s peak oil, peak nickel, or the peak of the stock market.

Big blunders sometimes cost lives

Every Australian country town has a ‘big’ something.

On the right side of the great divide

A pet theme of Briefcase’s, if you hadn’t noticed, is the disconnect between government and business in a rapidly changing world.

Comfort zone can quickly disappear

Competition is a wonderful thing, until you discover that you’re losing.

Telstra’s future clearer, by and by

For the average Australian investor there is nothing more frustrating than trying to find someone with the guts to say whether Telstra is a buy or a sell.

Costs crunch warning for resources

On the road from Esperance to Albany there’s a factory rising from the low-lying, south-coast scrub, which will one day produce nickel but which is already acting as a red-flashing beacon, warning tha

Why a ‘no’ from New York counts

Four years ago, only a handful of people believed that the world was heading into a resources boom. Today, only a handful believes that this phase of the boom is running out of puff.

Poverty exists in the midst of plenty

The US is often cited as the best example of poverty in the midst of plenty. Parts of old coal-mining states such as West Virginia have been likened to the worst of the former Soviet Union.

There’s a white elephant in the room

So, it’s official. The Perth Convention Exhibition Centre is a white elephant.

No substitute for quality service

Property prices have dominated conversations in Perth for the past five years.

Drama to come in this iron ore play

Andrew Forrest and his Fortescue Metals Group are determined to build a new iron ore mine in the Pilbara, but the closer an outsider looks at the financial structure being created for the project, the

Net can’t contain media agreement

Some time in the past, when gentlemen were gentlemen, an agreement is said to have been reached between the chaps (now dead) who ran The West Australian newspaper, and their friendly rivals at The Sun

Locals rise to the top in Bellyflops

Amid all the plenty of the resources boom there is a little cloud of gloom that doggedly follows a certain class of Perth investor; true believers in buying local.

All eyes on cash, rates and distribution

Watching cash sounds about as exciting as watching paint dry, but for the rest of 2006 cash will be the big topic in every market for three reasons: its price; in the form of interest rates; and the t

Bargains to come, recovery next year

As the financial year crawls to a close on Friday, Briefcase thinks it timely to ask two simple questions.

Blowing the froth off the boom market

Feeling poorer? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Where pipelines and pipe dreams meet

What is it about politicians and pipelines? First we had Colin Barnett promoting a water pipeline, or canal, from the Kimberley.

Spectre of slow growth haunts Europe

Mad scientists are normally the people associated with bizarre experiments.

Pick your strategy but make it quick

The investment world is loaded with theories about how to get rich. This week, Briefcase will explore three.

Capital costs crunch sure to hit hard

Brisbane motorists got a bit of a shock last month. They discovered that the toll for using a proposed new road tunnel would not be the $2 per trip promised, but $4.So what, you might ask.

Rising rates change the game for all

It’s a brave man who calls ‘game over’ these days, especially in Fremantle.

Winners and losers in internet retail

Mrs Briefcase is a canny shopper.

India buys in to global growth race

China so dominates talk about the resources boom that its great Asian rival, India, gets little more than lip service.

Three Cs look to solve talent woes

What do Alan Carpenter, Mark Creasy and Rob de Crespigny have in common, apart from the fact that their surnames begin with C?The correct answer is that all have a talent problem; not their own, Brief

You can’t please everybody on tax

Quiz time: What does the mining industry want, but can’t get, and the wine industry has, but wants to give back?To anyone who said ‘a tax dodge’, Briefcase offers its congratulations, because tax is w

DIY speculators rife in bull market

Tell a boy (of any age) to not do something and everyone knows the result. He does it, whether he’s a boy of five or 55.

Explorers digging deep into investors

Curious things have happened in Perth in recent weeks. The most interesting is the boom in uranium shares.

WA boom explained in double dutch

Australia’s two-speed economy, which has the resource-rich states of Western Australia and Queensland, dramatically outperforming the southern manufacturing states, has just got worse, or better, depe

The next bust will be of our making

The ‘what if’ question posed last week is entertaining people in places far higher than that occupied by Briefcase.

History may prove pessimists wrong

Economists are born pessimists. That’s why some of them are warning that the boom times being generated by China’s demand for commodities will not last.

Shareholder sharks are circling FMG

On March 16 last year, someone paid $5.50 for a parcel of shares in Fortescue Metals Group. It was the peak price on the day.

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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.