Topic: Economics


RBA prepared to ease monetary policy if needed but no change to cash rate this month

The RBA has released its November Statement on Monetary Policy. The bank has signalled it is prepared to ease monetary policy further if needed and has downgraded consumption and economic growth for t...

Still waiting for Godot inflation

Headline inflation ticked up marginally to 1.7 per cent in the September quarter while underlying inflation was unchanged at 1.6 per cent.

Outlook bleakest for 3 years: Director Sentiment Index

Our latest read on AICD members’ views on the state of the economy shows that directors have grown more pessimistic about the outlook, with almost half of all respondents reporting that the current he...

Director sentiment drops to a three year low

Director sentiment drops to a three year low as over 60 per cent of directors expect weakened economic conditions over the next 12 months.

RBA ponders the efficacy of monetary policy as IMF warns of synchronised global downturn

The unemployment rate ticked down to 5.2 per cent in September, prompting markets to lower the odds of a November rate cut. Minutes from the RBA’s October Board meeting show the central bank weighing...

The Dismal Science - Episode 24 - Less than one

Mark and Ivan catch up on the historic October rate cut and it's a Nobel edition of the number of the week.

Unemployment up as budget returns to balance

Australia’s unemployment rate edged up to 5.3 per cent in August, prompting markets to revise their views on the likelihood of an RBA rate cut at the upcoming 1 October meeting.

Still not feeling it: Rate cuts, tax offsets yet to improve business, consumer sentiment

More signs of recovery in the Australian housing market this week. But business and consumer sentiment both sank again, suggesting the monetary and fiscal stimulus we’ve seen to date is getting only l...
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