Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced economists. 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).
Eurozone inflation is expected to stay well below the ECB's target into 2016, but the bank will be waiting for firmer forecasts and eyeing bank stress tests as it weighs up the pros, cons and possible timing of unconventional policy.
Views on the Australia-Japan FTA are sharply divided, but deciding if it's a net win for Australia puts the spotlight on bilateral agreements and their impact on the development of regional trade blocs.
Imbalances spotlighted by the Financial Services Inquiry could throw up plenty of nasty political problems for Joe Hockey - including the question of why the sector's so disproportionately tilted towards housing.
On both sides of government, some politicians act in the best interests of the nation and the economy. Others are simply fixated with booting out the ‘wrong kind’ of people on the other side of the fence.