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Inflation propelled to 13-year high

Australia’s annual headline rate of inflation, as captured by the consumer price index (CPI), surged to 3.8 per cent in the June quarter this year.  That’s the first time the inflatio...

Delta drags down jobs, retail trade and consumer confidence

It was a relatively quiet week on the data front, but those releases we did receive largely confirmed that the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the state lockdowns led by New South Wales are now having a...

Unemployment rate below five per cent for first time in a decade

Australia’s unemployment rate fell to just 4.9 per cent in June, its lowest rate since December 2010.  The New South Wales government has extended its lockdown of Greater Sydney, raising ri...

RBA to taper monetary policy support

At its 6 July 2021 meeting, the RBA decided to stick with the April 2024 government bond as its yield curve target, meaning that the maturity of that target will fall over time. The central bank also...

Australia forecast to be older, poorer and smaller in future

The ABS said that the number of job vacancies jumped to a record high of 362,500 in May 2021, up 57 per cent (132,000) from pre-pandemic levels. CoreLogic reported that national house prices rose 1.9...

Thank you for your service

The rising importance of non-market services could enhance Australia’s economic outlook and improve our quality of life, writes AICD chief economist Mark Thirlwell MAICD.

Future forward

Well-timed moves and a strong governance structure has helped Australia’s sovereign wealth fund mature. So what comes next?

Companies in the crosshairs

The boards of listed companies must now deal with potentially chaotic new elements in shareholder relations.

Lockdown drags on business activity, payroll jobs and retail sales

The Flash Australia Composite PMI fell for a second successive month in June, pulled down by COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria and supply-side strains. Even so, private sector activity continues to e...

Unemployment falls to pre-pandemic 5.1 per cent

The ABS said that Australia’s unemployment rate fell to 5.1 per cent in May this year as employment rose by more than 115,000 people. Minutes from the 1 June Monetary Policy Meeting of the Reser...
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