Topic: Interest rates

Interest rates are the amount charged, expressed as a percentage of principal, by a lender to a borrower for the use of assets.


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Watch Stephen’s latest videos on the Australian economy and the key economic issues affecting Australian directors.

Q1 Economic Update: technical recession easily averted

Despite a technical recession averted once again, underlying problems still remain that only a material sustained improvement in productivity can fix, explains Stephen Walters MAICD in the latest quar...

Q3 Economic Update: Good GDP headlines, even better details

The June quarter has seen positive results for the economy, with a broadening base for growth and increases in income and productivity, explains AICD Chief Economist, Stephen Walters.

Economic Update: Reserve Bank decision

At Glenn Stevens’ final meeting, the Reserve Bank left interest rates on hold. The AICD’s Chief Economist unpacks that decision and the difficult task ahead for incoming governor Philip Lowe.

The Economist: "Helicopter money" in Australia?

Quantitative easing as a form of monetary policy has been implemented by many global economies to counterbalance low interest rates. Stephen Walters considers the likelihood of it hitting Australian s...

Economic Update: Business/Consumer Sentiment

Survey results on business confidence (released yesterday by the NAB) and consumer sentiment (released this morning by Westpac Melbourne Institute) showed mixed results, with the business measure slid...

Economic update RBA Board minutes

The Reserve Bank today released minutes of its board meeting held two weeks ago.

Economic Update: Labour Force, June

The June employment report released this morning was broadly in line with economists’ expectations. There was a modest (net) gain in employment over the month, but this gain was insufficient to absorb...

Economic update: UK votes to exit the EU

The counting of votes in the UK “Brexit” referendum is almost complete, and it looks like British voters unexpectedly have decided to leave the European Union (EU). Based on the results collected so f...

Economic update: UK “Brexit” vote – stay or go?

This Thursday, voters in the United Kingdom decide by referendum whether Britain should remain in the European Union (EU), or leave, ending nearly 50 years of formal integration.
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