Alan Kohler

Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators. Alan has been a trusted source of investment advice to Australians for many years, and in 2005 he founded Eureka Report - Australia’s #1 online investment report. Along with Robert Gottliebsen and Stephen Bartholomeusz, Alan also founded Business Spectator, the popular business news and commentary website. Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two).

The dollar catches an Uber ride, but where to?

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A rising Australian dollar presents Treasurer Scott Morrison and RBA governor Glenn Stevens with a problem.

Rate Wars: the force awakens

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The biggest challenge for central banks is that they have become little more than market players, influencing asset prices rather than activity in the real world.

How the budget was ruined, and what to do to fix it

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The budget is a dreadful mess, but there are two ways for the Coalition to get it back on track.

Wages need to go up

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With population growth and household wealth both now slowing, the only way consumption is going to be lifted is through higher incomes.

A deeper problem lurks beneath Suncorp's profit downgrade

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The combination of worsening weather and very low investment returns is making the business of insurance harder and harder.

Falling oil and coal prices raise the bar for renewables

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To meet the Paris climate targets, there will need to be a massive research effort to reduce the cost of renewables.

Welcome to the spin boom

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Malcolm Turnbull's innovation rhetoric has given scientists and entrepreneurs a morale boost – with little in the way of substance to back up his claims.

The history of oil in reverse

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OPEC was born in similar conditions to today’s oil market: a supply glut and a battle with the Americans. But this time around the Saudi-led cartel is in for a long and brutal siege.

Innovation will get more oratory than cash

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Ballooning budget deficits are likely to ensure plenty of talk about innovation, but less action.

Australia’s shocking trade position

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The combination of a current account deficit headed for 6% of GDP and a blowout in the budget deficit will be a big problem for the RBA.

Martin Place, we have a problem

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A change in global conditions means that the positive economic momentum provided by a weakened Aussie dollar could soon come to a screeching halt.

Wages have been hit by a perfect storm

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Three structural developments will ensure wage growth and inflation remain suppressed even as the economy and labour market continue to recover next year and beyond.

A terrible bind for company boards

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Shareholders' demands for ever-increasing dividends have left company boards stuck on a cash treadmill from which there seems to be no escape.

It's time to let go of our penchant for predictions

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After picking apart our attachment to precise projections, Glenn Stevens offered a broad overview of what lies ahead for the economy.

Get super funds to invest in infrastructure

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Instead of worrying about the governance of super funds, the Government should work out how to get their returns higher to save billions in age pension payments.

A cri de Coeure: central bankers are lost

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Central bank policymakers thought that if they took care of demand with super-low interest rates, supply would take care of itself. But it hasn't worked.

The six great disruptions (the greatest is trust)

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The combination of connectivity and computing power has seen trust become the most disruptive force of all.

Investment managers are paid too much

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In order to get superannuation costs under control, we need to shake up the way fund managers are remunerated.

China enters the capitalist citadel

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Acceptance into the IMF's currency basket may end up being almost as big a deal for China as WTO entry.

The risky business of financial regulation

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Risk weightings and additional capital requirements have made banks safer, but they may have also contributed to the sluggish global economy.

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