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Weekend Economist: Debt blinders

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Concerns about Australia’s debt-to-income ratios are valid. But too often we focus on the former half at the expense of the latter.

The Week Ahead

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Data on jobs and housing will provide clues to the economy's wellbeing, while a healthy mix of indicators are released in China and the US.

Picks of the Week

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In this week's reading guide, Kohler looks at the death of monetary policy, Gottliebsen analyses Murray Goulburn's ambitions and Bartholomeusz casts his eye over Asciano.

Navigating Greece and market volatility

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With uncertainty over Greece increasing volatility in the local sharemarket, the routs could present a buying opportunity.

Low chance of more RBA cuts this year: survey

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Survey of fourteen economists shows only two expect another rate cut this year.

The dangerous combination that will test Australian households

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Lower interest rates should underpin near-term retail sales growth, but a number of negative forces will see the household sector struggle in the coming years.

Retail sales rebound in May

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Official ABS data shows retail sales increase after Federal Budget's asset write-off.

Services sector expands in June

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Australian Industry Group index shows activity in services sector swings to expansion.

Aust growth tipped to fall to 2%

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New report suggests the local economy is likely to grow less than official Treasury forecasts.

Plunging export values reveal the economy's growing pains

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Another poor result for our terms of trade could result in our largest ever quarterly deficit, with softening Chinese demand a sign that the hardship has only just begun.

ASIC probes 23 groups on accounts

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Regulator's risk surveillance leads to profit adjustments of more than $630m to date.

Trade deficit narrows in May

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Official ABS data shows Australia's trade balance narrows less than expected in May.

Japan looks like land of rising equity value

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There is still decent value in equities for those investors who are prepared to do their research.

Prepare for an avalanche of apartment construction

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A fresh tidal wave of investment just turbocharged the apartment boom transforming Sydney and Melbourne.

One year of grace for housing

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An onslaught of new supply is set to hit the market at the same time as the interest rate cycle begins to turn.

BoE warns Greece threatens financial stability

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Carney says Greek crisis threatens financial market sell-off that could trickle through to wider global economy.

Harper competition review response delayed

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Government delays response until at least September, will tend to steer away from state issues.

Big pharma's $85m tax on $8bn revenue

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Global pharmaceutical companies paid $85m tax in Australia on revenues over $8bn.

The risks of our high-rise boom

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Dynamics within the construction sector will be an important indication of how the economy will weather the rebalancing process.

Hockey asked to back Greece debt relief

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Australia's Greek community appeals to Hockey to support calls for IMF debt relief.

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