Australian News

Weekend Economist: Steady as she goes

Despite some significant changes in the Australian dollar and commodity prices, the Reserve Bank is likely to upgrade its growth forecasts.

Picks of the Week

In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler appraises Gough Whitlam's legacy and Gottliebsen glimpses the goddess of war on the ASX.

The Week Ahead

Local observers will keenly await comments on the housing market by the Reserve Bank's Luci Ellis, while attention abroad will turn to the Fed.

House prices have created a ‘lost generation’

The despair of a younger generation with little prospect of getting on the property ladder is aggravated by the knowledge that their parent's generation had it so much easier.

Woe and despair, but China's not broken

China's lower GDP print taps into one of Australia's greatest national fears. But despair over the figures is misplaced.

PM faces US pressure on China bank

John Kerry asks Tony Abbott to steer clear of new infrastructure bank: report.

Waislitz warns of more volatility

Billionaire investor Alex Waislitz tips more turbulence ahead for Australian sharemarket.

How China's richest will fund Australian innovation

The government's plan to channel funds from the significant investor visa program into sectors that are hungry for capital is a smart move.

Robb mulls investor visa overhaul

Coalition signals major overhaul ahead for the significant investor visa program.

Infrastructure bank pressure builds

Australia given two-day deadline to sign up to China-led infrastructure bank: report.

Don't end negative gearing: Mirvac

Mirvac boss says negative gearing removal would have 'far-reaching implications'.

NSW real estate group blasts RBA

by AAP
NSW Real Estate Institute accuses RBA of mixed messages on risky lending to investors.

Government, ALP to hold RET talks

by AAP
Government, Labor to deal on renewable energy target, Industry Minister holds target at 20% real.

Inflation rises faster than expected in September quarter

Headline inflation rate sitting at lower end of RBA's annual target range, underlying inflation misses forecasts.

Analysts tip benign inflation

by AAP
Inflation figures due Wednesday are expected to offer good news for borrowers.

World Bank signals commodity price pain

World Bank’s managing director says 'new normal' will create budget issues for Australia.

Mortgage lending still 'sound': Norris

Former CBA boss says local banks will be able to handle a property market shock.

Property market more risky: RBA

by AAP
Deputy governor says new lending rules will not be heavy-handed despite imbalances.

Why are market economists so bullish?

Many economists are bullish on a rate rise, but the RBA board's latest minutes make this look very optimistic.

Abbott eyes China FTA before G20

by AAP
Government is hopeful of securing free trade agreement with China by November's G20 meeting.