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Respected and experienced finance and economics commentator.


Michael Pascoe is one of Australia's most respected and experienced finance and economics commentators with more than four decades in newspaper, broadcast and on-line journalism covering the full gamut of economic, business and finance issues.

Current work

Television: He's most recognised through his many years spent reporting on business and finance on Channel 9 and 7, in addition to his past role as Contributing Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald and Age. He’s now contributing editor for The New Daily and regularly seen as a commentator on the ABC’s The Drum and 7’s Sunrise and other programs.

He is a popular conference speaker and MC, bringing rare humour and plain language to the 'dismal science' of economics.

Previous experience
Michael was born and educated in Queensland, starting his career with The Courier-Mail before working in Hong Kong for three years on the South China Morning Post. He joined the Australian Financial Review in Sydney upon returning to Australia and then pioneered specialist finance journalism in commercial broadcasting - first with the Macquarie Radio network, then with Channel 9, Sky News and 7.

Talking Points

Business and Economic Updates

Facilitation and Debate Moderation

IT - An Industry Evolving

The Pleasure and The Pain

Michael Pascoe captured the audience from the moment he stepped up to the lectern. He educates, entertains and engages the entire audience. I could have heard a pin drop. WorldGroup Consulting

We had some great feedback from guests. Michael had a 'presence' in the room, and bought some clever humor to the event which was enjoyed by all guests.

Australian Unity

Engaged well with the audience and referenced details about previous presentations which worked well. Very down to earth presenter who provided a good mix of pertinent information and entertainment. He was a pleasure to work with and happy to liaise with the conference participants after the session during the lunch break. Very professional and attentive approach - have received rave reviews from attendees already. Definitely the best Finance and Economics presenter I have seen.

PRD Nationwide

Michael was excellent, he was very well received by the audience and gave a very good account of the current economic climate.

FAST - Finance & Systems Technology

Michael added another perspective to our panel discussion on the resources super profits tax which was lacking amongst our panel members.

Association of Mining & Exploration Companies

Michael is a great speaker! He speaks in a very 'real' way to the audience and mixes great humour with factual information. We found him very easy to deal with and adaptable - he moulded his presentation to our event seamlessly. Would love to have him back! Not one negative piece of feedback and our members are still raving about the Small Business Forum.

Ballina Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Very professional presentation with content relevant to the audience , while keeping it entertaining.

Clipsal Australia

Very engaging, Michael makes a dry topic entertaining and educational.

Ballina Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc

Exceptional speaker... passionate, honest, animate and pacey, and not afraid to tell the truth. We had over 10 attendees request him again for next year's event. I was thrilled with the response.

TNS Global

An extremely professional and entertaining presentation, well targeted to our audience.

Schneider Electric
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