Spectators

Rising electricity demand could be here to stay

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In June this year, forecasts revealed residential and business demand has risen for the first time in five years. The trend could be here to stay, according to a report released today from the Australia Institute.

Market gyrations have clobbered confidence

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The boost to household confidence provided by the May budget has proved short-lived -- and businesses will find it hard to cope with flagging sentiment.

Bashing the dollar comes with risks

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The RBA's monthly statement contained little comfort for jittery financial markets.

Vanishing political capital is an economic disaster

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The prospects of meaningful economic reform are fading as fast as the approval ratings of our political leaders.

Scoreboard: Sentiment boost

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Greek debt developments after the closing bell in Europe buoyed Wall Street, while the commodities rout continued apace.

Austerity is not the solution to the Greek crisis

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The troika's insistence on austerity over economic growth will make it impossible for Greece to recover in any meaningful sense.

DataRoom AM: High-stakes high rise

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China's sovereign wealth fund leads the field in the race for Morgan Stanley's Investa Property Group, while APA Group eyes a $1bn gas plant.

Forget milk, goat's cheese is the new retail battleground

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Competition for food retail market share is pinching at both ends of the socio-economic spectrum.

Another RBA rate cut is on the cards

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Given the risks to the downside, it's increasingly likely the Reserve Bank will cut interest rates again -- possibly in October -- before growth begins to improve.

Opaque RBA holds at 2%

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Watch: Anticipated further rate cuts to the cash rate may still be months away as the Reserve Bank opts for vague messaging amidst high levels of economic uncertainty.

ARENA – please don’t do another big solar tender program

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ARENA is planning on funding further large-scale solar projects. Yet the costs of prior funded projects have compared poorly to rooftop solar which delivers better value. ARENA has to force industry to sharpen its pencils before handing out more money.

The forces driving Beijing's stockmarket desperation

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The attempts by Chinese authorities to tame the country's stockmarket implosion have more than a whiff of panic about them.

Abbott must act to avert a super crisis

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The Productivity Commission's latest report shows why Australia desperately needs to pursue superannuation reform.

OECD chief says 'don’t build new coal', but what about gas?

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The economic think-tank says governments should think ‘twice, or three, or four times’ before allowing new coal. But Australia’s future LNG projects may also face the risk of being stranded by climate policy.

The crude impact of oil speculation

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Watch: Do speculators now have a greater impact on oil prices than the fundamentals of supply and demand?

Open letter to sceptical Liberal MPs

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Two backbench Liberal MPs are calling for an inquiry into climate science ahead of the government's release of Australia's post-2020 emissions targets. Here a group of 13 of Australia's pre-eminent experts gives the senators a rundown.

Market volatility will test NAB's nerves in the UK

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NAB's Andrew Thorburn wouldn't want to be launching the Clydesdale IPO into a fragmenting eurozone but there is enormous motivation to get the transaction done within 2015.

"Use it or lose it": Australian start-ups need our support

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Australian governments have traditionally taken a laissez-faire approach to developing new technology based-companies and that needs to change.

Human heart beats under the hood of Apple Music

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Apple has finally joined the streaming bandwagon and Apple Music just might be worth the effort.

The Aussie dollar is in for a wild ride

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Greece is broken and the euro is facing its biggest crisis yet. Prepare for significant market volatility for the Australian dollar this week.

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