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.

TimTreadgold:Briefcase - Bouyant mood at Kal’s annual bash

Last week’s Diggers & Dealers bash left the 1,200 delegates and countless hangers-on, including a healthy contingent of media types, in no doubt that this boom has legs to go an awful long way.In

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Oil pundits may need to readjust

Oil at $US60 a barrel is a pain for motorists, producing petrol prices of $1.20 a litre and more.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Gallop getting nowhere on uranium

 Geoff Gallop says Western Australia will retain a ban on uranium mining, a stance which makes some people happy.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Twists and turns in iron ore market

The world of iron ore has taken a few peculiar turns in recent weeks – some good, some bad, and some distinctly odd.The good news is that BHP Billiton has joined Rio Tinto in stitching up a deal that

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Speculation continues over ‘super-cycle’

The biggest guessing game on the Australian stock market today is whether we are, or are not, in a ‘super-cycle’, a prolonged period of rising commodity prices.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Gone missing – a little understanding

There are moments when Briefcase struggles to understand the modern world.

Tim Tredgold: Briefcase - Waiting for the inevitable result

The late Robert Holmes a Court once remarked that a lot of people are bankrupt long before they realise it themselves.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Plenty wrong about property prices

If you’re not in the mood for a touch of gloom, then go and read something else, because this week Briefcase is in a black mood.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Value in resources super-cycle

Finding value in a market where property has peaked and interest rates might creep a little higher is a dilemma for all investors.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Branch office syndrome due for return

Brance office syndrome, the inferiority complex that rears its head every few years in Western Australia, is overdue for a return if stock exchange pecking order is a guide.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - BankWest looks east to lift interest

It has taken two years for the Bank of Scotland, trading under the alphabet soup name of HBOS, to bed down its sometimes troublesome Australian subsidiary, BankWest, but recent events in the market flag the launch of what some observers see as a classic ‘

Unsworth tries again with BioDiem

Human trials are a critical step in proving that a new medicine works as promised.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Crosby’s $100m move on Tethyan

What do the chaps at Crosby Partners know that eludes Australian investors? Simple really. Every morning they look at a map of the world and ask a simple question: “has China disappeared?”

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Hot money malaise spreads wider

There is nothing new about the sight of hot money looking for a fat profit.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Manufacturers wary of Asian FTAs

One step forward, one step back. If that sounds like marking time it’s because it is. And if you think it’s how the stock market is performing right now, you’re right.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Watch for King Kong with a chequebook

Not many people in Perth have taken an interest in the $760 million takeover battle for the alternative energy company, Pacific Hydro.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Picking winners can be a risky business

Picking winners is a game played with gusto at Ascot on a Saturday afternoon, and on the stock market every day of the week.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - BHP and Woolworths – what’s the deal?

Woolworths is trading on a prospective price/earnings ratio of 16.85. BHP Billiton is on 9.85. Can anyone explain the gap between two of Australia’s corporate icons because it is ridiculously wide?

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Wait for petrol price flow-on effects

Petrol at $1.10 a litre, and more, is a pain in the pocket, as we all know. Less well known is the changes it brings to the way we think, and act.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Heathrow launch pad for Three Amigos

Margaret River’s next big wine event is being planned, not for the town, but for Heathrow Airport on the outskirts of London in about six weeks’ time.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Lustre disappearing from golden days

Dullsville becomes Gabville next week when two big resource events hit Perth.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - No power in a parlous state of affairs

Briefcase does not consider itself a lone voice in the wilderness but wonders whether anyone else in Perth has considered the bizarre situation evolving around the role of state governments in Austral

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - PWC moves may prove portentous

Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, the accounting and consultancy firm with the silliest name in the world, is recruiting staff.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - The private to public path to pain

If Len Buckeridge needed another reason for not floating his BGC Group on the stock exchange then John Roberts has just given him one.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase on the art of asset valuation

Big bets have been placed on the assumption that a new bidder will emerge in the battle for control of Portman, the iron ore miner with a split board and widely differing valuations.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Andrew Roberts’ right royal conundrum

Prince Charles and Andrew Roberts do not, on the surface, appear to have much in common.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Vanadium third time lucky?

Third time lucky? That is the kindest comment that can be offered to yet another attempt to revive the dream of WA having its own vanadium industry.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Green is good times coming

High oil prices are doing wonders for the share prices of oil producers, which makes just about every stock in that sector worth a look.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Another ’80s ending coming?

The boom, which we are all enjoying immensely, appears to be entering a new phase – or is it?

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase: When will the big ticket arrive?

What would a WA election be without a big ticket prize for the people. So far, we haven’t seen anything to rival past elections. There have been higher wages promised for nurses, and more police on the beat.

Tim Treadgold: Briefcase - Delays pay for Solco solar play

It’s not often that a business says thanks to government. Duncan Stone and his crew at solar energy specialist Solco are doing that – in stereo.



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.