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.

Ore buyers strive for pure product

As smaller iron ore miners scramble to cut costs to deal with falling prices, another hurdle looms – customers’ preference for quality.

South32 a pivotal shift

Mathematically it’s impossible, but in about 11 days Australian investors will discover whether one plus one can add up to more than two – because that’s the day the son of BHP Billiton, South32, lists on the ASX.

Planning for a first-rate retirement

Long-term low interest rates have added further complexity to the issue of superannuation and the aged pension.

Rates in a bind amid bond market moves

Can interest rates rise and fall at the same time? They can if you’re looking at different markets, because just as the Reserve Bank of Australia considers a fresh cut in its prime rate to try and boost the local economy, interest rates in other markets are starting to rise.

Uber simply does it better

I’ve been taken for a ride twice in the past month. And while that personal experience might be of little interest to anyone else, it does throw some light on Perth’s Uber versus taxi debate.

Key element missing from tax attacks

If wealth creation is not growing, tinkering with a broken tax system isn’t going to achieve much.

Is there a message in property sales?

It’s not easy finding a connection between a big Australian cattle company, an American business that makes jet engines, and the Western Australian government’s insurance arm, but if you look closely they’re all doing something at the same time – selling property.

Big retailers keen to keep status quo

Big retailers will be hoping the federal government puts most recommendations from the recent competition policy report in the too-hard basket.

Senate tax posturing an exercise in futility

“I don't know anybody that doesn’t minimise their tax”. With those words from 24 years ago, the current Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance is exposed for the nonsense it is.

Time to buy back the mine

Opportunistic local players are stepping up as foreign miners take their leave.

Nightmare scenario as iron ore passes $50/t on the way down

Andrew Forrest’s worst nightmare is that he will one day relive his painful experience with pioneering low-grade nickel ore processor Anaconda Nickel; so surely he must have suffered an ‘Anaconda moment’ when the iron ore price fell below $US50 a tonne overnight.

Demand for milk goes off the boil

Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart will need to wait a while for their dairy investments to deliver a return, according to a recent analysis of the sector.

Online retail drives bigger centres

At first glance, the planned $600 million expansion of Perth’s Karrinyup Shopping Centre seems to run counter to the relentless march of internet retailing, especially as a fresh report predicts that 50 per cent of all retail sales will be made over the internet in less than 10 years.

Locals powerless to stem bleeding

As grim as the iron ore outlook appears for some of WA’s smaller miners, the state government, too, stands to lose out amid the sector’s upheaval.

Would Forrest consider a return to nickel?

It might be bold to suggest that Andrew Forrest consider a career change, but as his fortune shrinks and as his iron ore business struggles in a flooded market, there is a nickel deal to be done that could be a lot more fun than playing the role of fading star.

Australia hopes India’s time is now

India looms as a possible economic saviour for Australia as Chinese growth plateaus.

Iron ore going from hero to zero?

You don’t need to listen too closely to hear the pips squeaking in Western Australia’s iron ore lemon after a week-long debate about the state’s most important industry, which appears to be heading for a crisis that will hit companies and governments in equal measure.

Miners flounder in flooded market

Tensions between WA’s major iron ore producers and their smaller competitors will be on show at a major conference this week.

Bringing banking out of the shadows

It is a long time since Western Australia had its own finance industry and while shadow banking, the hottest game in the money world, could be just another fad that fades as quickly as it has grown, there is the potential for home-grown finance to make a return to Perth.

More to footy than chasing a Sherrin

If other codes’ recent TV rights deals are anything to go by, the AFL could be in for a significant revenue growth.

Deflation fears drive bank strategies

If in doubt that we really are sailing in unchartered economic waters, consider one number; it’s a big number, but the estimated $US2 trillion invested around the world in government and corporate bonds that carry a negative interest rate paints a very disturbing picture.

Modest miners stirring the pot

Everything old seems to be new again in the resources sector, with a number of old projects being rebirthed under new management.

Stokes in calculated shift to oil

Following the money is always the best way to see what interests a rich man because it tells you two things – what he likes as an investment for future growth, and what he sees as having reached the limits of growth.

RBA rates move cuts both ways

Yield hunters are ignoring warning signs from the ‘real’ economy, pushing share prices for some major stocks higher.

More shots to be fired as miners reward investors

Rio Tinto’s strong profit reported earlier today will please investors in one of state’s biggest employers, though the big miner’s fresh round of job shedding is a warning shot across the bows of the Western Australian economy, with more warning shots likely to be fired over the next 12 days.

BHP demerger plan heading south

The problems for BHP Billiton’s management team didn't start with the South32 proposal, but that plan has brought things to a head.

McKinsey reveals debt risk

Australia’s latest political crisis, the potential dumping next week of the prime minister, Tony Abbott, is masking a far greater threat to the country – a fresh outbreak of the GFC caused by the dramatic build-up of private and public debt.

Even the strong get hurt sometimes

Cost wins out above all other considerations in the search for efficiency, which is why a strengthening US dollar could pose challenges for Caterpillar.

Why BHP should buy FMG

Fortescue Metals Group surprised investors earlier today with a better-than-expected December quarter production report, but that should not stop speculation that it could be a key player in Western Australia’s deal of the decade.

Rates race to the bottom

As is the case with most wars, there’s never agreement on who fired the first shot; not that it really matters in a hot war or the currency front, which is rapidly engulfing the world and should soon involve action by Australia.

Building bridges to India

Successfully doing business in India involves navigating a labyrinthine world usually impenetrable to outsiders.



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.