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Weekend Economist: Crude figures

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The oil price the RBA based its last set of inflation expectations is long gone. An update will provide more room to cut rates.

Economists bet on RBA rate cuts

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Lower interest rates needed to reduce unemployment, rebalance the economy, a panel of leading economists says.

Picks of the Week

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In this week's reading guide, Kohler analyses Abbott's austerity agenda, Gottliebsen looks at Greece's finance minister and Bartholomeusz appraises the Saudis' oil price tactics.

The Week Ahead

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Investors and analysts will be focused on the outcome of the Reserve Bank board's first meeting for 2015, while US employment figures will also be of interest.

APRA must act on investor lending

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Unless APRA takes an aggressive approach to investor lending, there is a real risk that rate cuts will drive property prices higher while undermining the business sector.

Australia has been caught in the currency war crossfire

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The policies enacted by central banks in Japan, Europe and the US have triggered a wave of competitive devaluations around the world and there is mounting pressure on the RBA to respond.

Private sector credit rises 0.5% in Dec

Reserve Bank of Australia financial aggregates show personal credit flat.

Two rate cuts by June: JP Morgan

Chief economist Stephen Walters says the official cash rate will be cut to 2% by June.

Interest rate spotlight on loan demand

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Financial markets have rate cut priced at 50/50 chance ahead of RBA's first 2015 meeting.

Palmer toppled from Forbes 50 rich list

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Plunging commodities prices hit the wealth of Palmer, Rinehart, Forrest.

Saul Eslake hoses down rate cut chance

Bank of America Merrill Lynch economist says the RBA will not cut rates further.

The demise of the coalition's industrial relations strategy

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The Abbott Government's attempt to take a leaf from John Howard’s GST playbook with industrial relations policy is now in tatters.

Pacific Equity Partners' Bradken bid hits bedrock

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The bid for Bradken failed because the price offered was too high and the suitors couldn't get bank finance at the right terms.

Retail spending growth to slow in Q1

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Latest forecast suggests retailers will be hit by softer spending growth in early 2015.

PM told to make case for IR shift

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Tony Shepherd urges government to ­'explain the case' for any cuts to penalty rates, minimum wage.

ACOSS calls for fairer budget

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Council of Social Service urges changes to negative gearing, super concessions and private health rebate.

Qld tops country on mortgage defaults

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Fitch figures show three Qld, three NSW suburbs in worst 10 postcodes for late payments.

A rate cut is still on the cards

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An increase in core measures of inflation shouldn't sway the Reserve Bank from making a rate cut in February.

Inflation rate below expectations

Official data shows third lowest CPI reading in 3 years, up 0.2% in qtr, 1.7% for the year.

Economic growth to stay sluggish: WBC

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Westpac/Melbourne Institute Leading Index falls by 0.12 points in December.

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