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.

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.

Low profile, high performers

INVESTMENT advice can be a tricky business. Get it right and you’re a hero. Make a mistake and you never sit with your back to the window.

Xcell option plan needs check

SHARE options offered to employees and directors, we are told, act as an incentive. Have we got that clear. How then do we explain the strange events at Xcell Diagnostics?

The burdens of a full purse

WHAT is worse than not having enough money? For some people, dear souls, it is the problem of having too much.

Banks’ figures a community concern

IT is a brave man who dares criticise the concept of community banks. The name seems to say it all, especially when the emphasis is put on that meaningless word, community, which conjures up visions of “one for all, and all for one” ... etc etc.

Scottish bankers must be smiling

SCOTS never joke about money, but there must be a few smiles in the boardroom of the Bank of Scotland thanks to the rise-and-rise of the BankWest share price.

Market gets a taste for yellowcake

IT has been a long time since anyone whispered the word “uranium” on the stock market. But listen closely and you can hear a few excited conversations about the great uranium revival.

Doubts over clubs’ fitness to trade

WHEN a man loses $328 it is hardly an event to cause much excitement. So why, on May 14, did the Ministry of Fair Trading issue a press release lamenting the loss incurred by Douglas Bradshaw, a 60-year old from Nollamara?

Taxing times at Hancock inquest

VISITORS to the Perth circus, sorry, the Lang Hancock coronial inquest, may have noticed something odd going on.Well, let’s face it, the whole affair is pretty damned odd.

Perth hasn’t fallen off the twig, yet

IF anyone doubts that Perth has become a “branch office” city then learn from this enlightening encounter with Challenge Bank, BP – and a car which allegedly consumed 8705 litres of fuel in a week.



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.