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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.

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.

Gold profit depends on how you see it

Are Australia’s major goldminers profitable, or not?

Petrochemical pipe dreams a concern

Oh dear. It looks like we’ve inherited a premier who is having big ideas and wants to do things, a very dangerous combination.

Slow strangle as the bears awaken

Hands up anyone who expects the stock market to rise between now and Christmas?

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Wheat monopoly’s time has gone

It’s not often you can easily pick the best or worst investment on the stock market. Right now, however, the worst stands out like sore thumb.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Weather adds to winemakers’ woes

Australia’s great grape glut is causing wine producers no end of pain. But in Western Australia there seems to be a variation emerging on that theme – the great grape shortage.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - If an offer seems too good to be true …

If a man in a pub offered to sell you the Sydney Harbour Bridge for $50,000, would you write out a cheque on the spot?

Briefcase: Tim Treadgold - Seeing through the froth and bubble

Steel, in case hot-headed speculators playing the Australian stock market had not noticed, is essentially made by blending two materials – iron ore and coal, with a bit of limestone tossed in, plus nickel and other stuff for speciality steels.

Rinehart stands tall as year’s top deal maker

‘Everyone makes money in a boom’ and ‘every deal is a winner’ are statements that ought to be consigned to that list of other great lies, such as the ‘cheque is in the mail’ – a point that close observers of the deals of 2005 will have noted.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Busts, booms fatally entwined

It's difficult for young investors to see financial booms as the events that sow the seeds of financial busts.

Tim Treadgold: BRIEFCASE - Property to feel the heat in 2006

WHAT happened yesterday is not what will happen tomorrow, an observation that either convinces the reader that Briefcase is barmy, or deep thinkers will recognise as sound investment advice for 2006.T

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Who’ll lose most amid IR fallout?

‘Unintended consequences’ is one of those marvellous expressions which, when translated, simply means we have no idea what will happen after we change the rules.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Local prices sinking in a small pool

Buying local is a good thing when shopping for fruit and vegetables, but not necessarily a wise investment policy.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Time’s ticking on Shovelanna saga

In the future, probably closer to the year 2020 than today, there might be an iron ore mine on the Shovelanna tenement co-worked by a small company called Cazaly Resources.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Technology poses AGM time trap

Some Perth investors with an eye on BHP Billiton will be hoping for an insight into the company when they toddle along to its annual meeting in Perth tomorrow (Friday November 25).Smarter investors wi

Ferrier Hodgson outdoes Sir Humphrey

It's a shame that Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay are not writing any more of their Yes Minister books.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - London listing lesson for St Barbara

To list, or not to list? That is the question facing Australian resource company executives as they contemplate doing business in the capital of mining finance, London.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase -Has nickel’s peak long since passed?

Peak Oil is a hot topic in the petroleum business, and one that worries government because of the pain being felt at the bowser by voters.

Tim Treadgold:Briefcase - Time to consolidate on leadership

TAKING the moral high ground can be a very expensive business, as the innocent small shareholders of Consolidated Minerals are discovering.During the past few weeks they have watched the price of thei

pSivida, CCC over there, somewhere

Big fish in Perth’s small corporate pond pay a high price when they move to deeper waters.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - The answer’s 42 – what’s the question?

Every speculator dreams of a 10-bagger, that legendary stock market winner that delivers a profit of 10 times the outlay.

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It's not every day that a new, and successful, investment theory emerges.

Tim Treadgold:Briefcase - The irony of a healthy investment

THE experts say that a glass (or two) of wine a day is good for your health.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase -Brokers see through Telstra games

A funny thing happened on the stock market last week at the height of the confusion about the sale (or not) of the Government’s outstanding 51 per cent stake in Telstra.

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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.