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Short-term weakness won't halt the Fed's rate march

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Sluggish household spending and inflation give the Federal Reserve much to think about, but interest rate hikes remain firmly on the agenda.

No joy for Jeb Bush

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Republican Jeb Bush will have no trouble raking in campaign donations, but snaring votes will be another story.

The truth about development banks

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Development banks tend to be politically-driven bureaucracies -- and the recent battle between China and the US over the AIIB is not just about power, but governance.

The US dollar – how high is too high?

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While the US dollar isn't particularly high relative to history, we are getting into dangerous territory and the trigger point for US action can't be far away.

A new Clinton with the same old tricks

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Hillary Clinton's response to recent scandals are a chilling reminder of what we can expect from her presidency, should she be elected.

Obama unveils new fracking rules

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US government aims to set national standards for governance of controversial drilling practice.

The Fed's game of patience isn't over yet

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The Federal Reserve's downgraded growth projections and the slack in the US labour market should see rates rise at a slow pace.

The paradox of America’s electoral reform

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Post-Watergate reforms have changed the nature of corruption but also have changed the texture of US political life.

US households will soon spring into action

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Despite a few rough months, the underlying conditions of the US household sector point to a bright outlook for spending activity.

Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership be a good deal for Australia?

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With negotiations at a critical stage and the potential ramifications for our economy so large, it is surprising how little public debate there has been concerning this trade deal.

A financial system still dangerously vulnerable to a panic

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The Federal Reserve’s powers to act as lender of last resort need to be restored and strengthened.

Why the Fed isn't worried about falling inflation

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The Federal Reserve expects lower oil prices will benefit both the US and the global economy, so the weak inflation numbers are unlikely to halt a rate rise.

A proactive Fed won't wait for inflation

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The Federal Reserve is more likely to lift rates on the assumption that inflation will follow rather than wait for it to return to target.

Obama seeks authorisation to fight ISIS

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US president sends Congress a draft proposal for war resolution against Islamic State.

Obama proposes near $US4tn budget

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US President targets infrastructure, middle class while taxing businesses and wealthy.

Obama to propose tax on firms' foreign earnings

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One-time tax on foreign earnings would pay for infrastructure rebuilding program.

Donors flock to Bush, Christie with Romney out

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Donors holding out for Romney's decision can now pick their candidate for 2016.

GOP race opens up without Romney

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Donors that adopted 'wait and see' approach now have less reason to wait.

Romney not running in 2016

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Former governor tells supporters it's the next generation's turn to lead GOP.

Oil price volatility could test the Fed's patience

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Volatile oil price fluctuations could cause inflation to roar back towards the Federal Reserve's target, the question is when?

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