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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...

April has been a cruel month in terms of economic data

It may not turn out to be 2020’s cruellest month – in fact, in terms of COVID-19 outcomes April has so far brought some pretty good results for Australia in the shape of a marked drop in the rate of n...

The economic sting of COVID-19

AICD chief economist Mark Thirlwell examines the economic and financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

IMF warns ‘The Great Lockdown’ will trigger the worst global recession since the 1930s

The IMF thinks that the baseline scenario for the world economy is a three per cent contraction this year. That would make the Coronavirus Crisis (CVC), or the Great Lockdown to use the IMF’s ph...
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