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End of an era: Q1 fall in GDP signals end of recession-free run

Australia’s real GDP shrank by 0.3 per cent in the March quarter, signalling the end of almost three decades of recession-free growth. The March quarter also saw us record our fourth consecutive curre...

Global economy on rocky ground

Rising unemployment, falling oil prices and disruption to international trade — the coronavirus is likely to trigger a reset in the world economy.

Consumer confidence and ASX rise, construction spend falls

Consumer confidence rose again (just) for an eighth consecutive week and there are now accompanying signs of a recovery in consumer spending as captured by bank credit and debit card data. Financial m...

Is your audit committee asking these questions?

As audit committees navigate the practical challenges of accounting, reporting and disclosing the impacts of COVID-19 and new Accounting Standards for 30 June 2020, the following series of questions a...

Consumer confidence climbs but spending still low

A weekly measure of consumer confidence has now improved for seven weeks in a row. Even so, retail turnover collapsed in April. Payroll data continue to paint a bleak picture of the overall state of t...

Does your board have the STEM skills it needs?

Directors with a background in science and technology ask the "dumb" questions others don't. They are used to taking the emotion out of judgements and making hard decisions based on the evidence avail...

Jobless rate up to 6.2 per cent as employment falls

Mixed messages on the economy this week. The April labour market report showed the headline unemployment rate ‘only’ rose to 6.2 per cent, a much better result than markets had expected. But the devil...

Economic costs are mounting as labour market stress increases

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) released its quarterly Monetary Policy Statement today Friday. The May statement says output is expected to contract significantly over the first half of 2020, most...

From inflation to deflation…and back again?

Australia’s Consumer Price Index rose by 2.2 per cent over the year in the March quarter, marking the first time that headline inflation made it inside the RBA’s target band since 2018. Next quarter ...

COVID-19: Is the economic cure worse than the disease?

There is some speculation that the lives lost due to the recession could outnumber those from the coronavirus itself. But the evidence from past downturns might surprise you on this episode of The Dis...
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