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.

BRIEFCASE Tim Treadgold - Internet bubble puffs up again

TIME, it seems, really does heal all wounds, with signs emerging that the investment world is gearing up for a second dose of mania.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Is Xstrata the future of mining?

XSTRATA’S low-ball takeover bid for WMC is stirring emotions.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Cheap shoe warning rings hollow

REMEMBER when your mother warned you about buying cheap shoes? “They’ll fall apart, dear,” are the words that ring in your ears. Well, mother’s words are ringing loudly in the ears of Planning Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, as she contemplates what to do w

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - ’Tis the season to buy merrily

Christmas, it seems, is not just a time for rushing around Coles Myer and Harvey Norman looking for that last-minute present. Stockbrokers too have a shelf full of gift ideas, ranging from an offer of shares in an assortment of small mineral explorers, to

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Pryor motive under scrutiny

If you believe Anne Pryor from the WA branch of the Australian Shareholders Association, David Humann is overworked, tired, in need of a holiday and should spend more time walking his dog and/or putting his feet up.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Something for the little black book

Share tipping is fraught with danger in these over-regulated times so Briefcase kicks off this week with a warning that anyone who takes investment advice from a journalist is a fool.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - East Timor view on Sunrise worrying

Stupidity comes in many shapes and forms. In recent weeks Briefcase has seen five examples of the same human failing, with one of the best being Mark Latham’s "mother-of-all" stupid performances when he told the workers of Australia...

Vultures circling in wine sector

One of the more interesting aspects of business is that, in order to know when the bottom of a cycle has been reached, the best place to look is up, because that is where you can see the vultures circ

Internet holds media answers

The media mating game, which has sent share prices rocketing since the return of the Howard Government, promises to be one of the most interesting aspects of life on the stock market over the next thr

Howard wins, is it time to sell?

I made my money by selling too soon. At a first reading, that sounds like an odd comment.

Briefcase taking on the ‘gorilla’

Some people go through life convinced that all banks are horrible. Briefcase does not subscribe to this belief but can understand why it exists, and may even be growing. How is this so?

Customer management the key

The rush to buy digital cameras is blamed by Kodak for the closure of its Victorian photographic equipment business with the loss of 650 jobs. Many observers agree with that view.

Mining shakeout days are coming

Here’s a piece of advice your stockbroker has probably not passed on.

Mortgage brokers shadow returns

Quiz time: What have the $US1 trillion global hedge fund industry, Perth property investors, and anyone running a self-managed superannuation fund got in common?Answer: They’re all chasing a higher re

Azure view for Poynton crew

It was a case of spot the difference from the old Poynton Partners when Azure Capital opened its doors for business on Monday.Apart from the new name and an office eight floors above the old one in Ex

Digging up one very healthy deal

Next week is THE big event of the year for traders in speculative mining stocks as the annual Diggers & Dealers gabfest (and combined swim through) hits Kalgoorlie.

Hot cakes approach to hot rocks

Fads are fascinating, especially when they hit the stock market.

Propping up the potato barons

The humble spud is rarely a topic of serious political debate.

Property play proves to be trap

 Property play proves to be trap There is a deep-seated belief held by some investors that the price of property rarely, if ever, falls.

Reformed offenders on the rise

Reformed offenders on the rise Over-promising and under-delivering is the cardinal sin for companies listed on the stock market, as investors in three stocks under the Briefcase microscope know all to

Wagerup wake-up call looming

Wagerup wake-up call looming Opposition to the planned $2.2 billion expansion of three bauxite mines and alumina refineries in Western Australia has, until now, seemed to be a local affair involving t

Press plan brought back to life

Press plan brought back to life INTERESTING times are about to hit Perth’s tight-knit media world with the ghost of the late Robert Holmes à Court scheduled to make a surprise appearance in the office

Miner marriage a perfect match?

Miner marriage a perfect match? CHINA has become such an important trading partner for Australia that it should come as no surprise to see Chinese interests playing a lead role in Australian corporate

China miracle not really stopping

 THE Shanxi Taigang Stainless Steel Company is expanding production by a third this year, and by another two-thirds in 2006. "So

Shieldliner piping for ASX listing

EVERY industry has its holy grail, a breakthrough technology that is said to be cheaper, faster and better. Over the next few weeks a new

Tucker leading the new wave

IT IS not easy to spot the difference between mining booms. Share prices go up, come down, and deals are done.

Property push proves puzzling

THE definition of scarcity used to be hen’s teeth. Things that do not exist.

Adventurers bring mixed bag

RED Back Mining boss, Ross Ashton, has been flogging a horse called Chirano for so long that most people have lost interest.

Wine shortage signals change

THERE is, believe it or not, a chardonnay shortage emerging in Australia.

Boom slowing fallout clearer

PENNY dreadful nickel stocks, in case no-one noticed, ran out of puff last week with some notable falls as the rotary lie detector, also known as the drill bit, delivered a few sobering assay results.

Diamonds an investor’s friend

  RISING prices for nickel, gold, platinum, iron ore and most other commodities appear to be having a positive effect on the ultimate item of investor speculation, diamonds.



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.