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.

Bad news always comes in threes

A three-pronged global financial storm is brewing, and it’s a sure bet resources sales to China won’t bail WA out this time.

Going backwards into an uncertain economic future

ANALYSIS: The recent state budget did little to convince voters the Barnett government is on the right track ahead of the 2017 election.

New golden crop for Wheatbelt

The return of gold mining as Western Australia’s fastest-growing industry is becoming more interesting, with a near-record price for the metal in Australian dollars triggering increased exploration and a pair of possible mine developments in the Wheatbelt.

Costly fallout when business goes bad

A tough business environment is bringing an increasing number of corporate malfeasance cases to the fore.

Contracting sector turns it around

The worst might be over for many of the state’s mining services businesses, as they seek to bounce back from the effects of the slowdown in resources project development.

Royalties revenue gamble

How do you budget for an iron ore boom that no-one believes will survive more than a few months?

Debt’s dangers on display

Businesses operating in WA’s cyclical resources sector need to deal prudently with debt, or trouble is just around the corner.

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.

Financial crisis a 50-50 call

Spot the difference in these two statements: one in two households rely on pensions to make ends meet; and one in two reliant on public purse’.

TPG makes a bundle on product and price

TPG’s half-year profit statement suggests where a company is headquartered may be less important than the value for money of its offering.

Potash plays take punt on product

ANALYSIS: WA potash hopefuls may have the backing of some high-profile local mining entrepreneurs, but startup costs and a worldwide product glut are major barriers. 

Execs corralled into groupthink

If money, careers and future investment in Western Australia were not being jeopardised, it would be amusing to watch some of Australian biggest companies adopt a management policy best described as ‘run and hide’.

Gold gets its mojo back

ANALYSIS: It’s not often that hyperbole merges with reality when it comes to resources, but WA’s gold sector has just thrown conventional wisdom out the window.

Banks behaving badly

Any complacency on behalf of Australia’s banks may be ratcheted down a notch as some concerning practices are investigated.

From growth to grind, bar gold

Perth’s importance as a national business centre may have faded during recent months, but it’s a different matter in the inner suburb of West Perth, where several small mining companies have sprung back to life.

Power balance challenge

South Australia’s push for renewable energy is an experiment worth watching for the other states.

Complexity may cruel CBH offer

ANALYSIS: CBH has served WA grain growers for more than 80 years, but debate is raging about whether now is the time to kill the co-op.

Few answers on negative rates

To most people it seems inconceivable that a bank would pay its customers to borrow money, but that scenario was played out, albeit briefly, in Denmark last year, when homebuyers were on the winning side of negative interest rates.

Blunders: when bigger isn’t better

Some ill-advised business decisions are coming back to haunt some of well-known local resources players.

Worst is behind iron ore plays

ANALYSIS: Rubbery figures and projections aside, WA’s iron ore miners are breathing a little easier thanks to improving prices and a favourable exchange rate.

Moving backwards in trying times

Living life in reverse is an amusing fictional concept that involves being born old and growing young, but if you look at some of the forces at work in the economy today you might imagine that everything is running backwards – starting with the puzzle of negative interest rates.

A cautionary tale on worker health

Healthy employees bring obvious benefits to the workplace, but how their personal medical details are used may have unintended consequences.

Analysis: Nickel woes a simple equation

It’s likely more nickel operations will need to be closed before there’s any improvement in prices for the steel-making commodity.

Timely tech sector correction

The technology bubble that has inflated share prices around the world hasn’t burst, but it has certainly lost a lot of air and credibility.

By click or by app, there’s no going back

Global retailers provided a rare bright spot in an otherwise subdued sector over Christmas, and the dominance of the online model is set to grow.

ANALYSIS: Wesfarmers aims to silence critics

The contrasting fortunes of the Bunnings and Masters hardware businesses reflect the broader performance of their relative corporate owners.

Big Australian comes back to the field

You probably wouldn’t believe it if someone told you that Perth-based retailing specialist Wesfarmers was bigger than global resources leader BHP Billiton, but that was the situation last week on the Australian Securities Exchange as the company led by Richard Goyder quietly slipped past the global mining giant.

Conflicting views on inflation conundrum

Deflationary pressures are causing concern for central bankers worldwide.

ANALYSIS: Woodside the great survivor

If Woodside Petroleum is ever looking for a corporate slogan it could borrow a saying from the Dutch philosopher Erasmus: “in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king”.

Turning clear winners into losers

Sports, politics and business do not share a lot in common but there is one feature that links all three – and that's how a single event can turn a winner into a loser in the blink of an eye.

Short circuit at Dick Smith

The Dick Smith chain of technology and electrical goods shops is probably a poor example of the wider problems confronting retailing but its collapse this week is a reminder that the shake-out which has rattled the retail world over the past few years is far from over.



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.