Spectators

Cooler heads prevail at the RBA

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The Reserve Bank has held rates at 2 per cent, despite extreme volatility.

The construction boom will soon be a drag on growth

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The bright spot for the economy is suddenly not looking so bright, and there's no obvious alternative engine of growth to replace it.

ASX could be lower for longer

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Watch: Why surging commodities prices haven't been enough to stop global fears from dragging local shares down.

Why China's market rescue operation failed

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A flawed investment strategy lies at the heart of the botched attempt by Beijing to stop China's equities rout.

Myer’s 2020 vision

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Richard Umbers’ five-year turnaround plan should go a way to appeasing the retailer’s critics.

The source of a global tax dilemma

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International income tax is complicated, but its complexity is being used as a smokescreen by people on both sides of the debate to gain mileage.

Should property investors start looking beyond Sydney?

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Watch: While markets in Melbourne and Sydney continue to grow in the short term, CoreLogic RP Data's Tim Lawless suggests long growth lies elsewhere.

Smartphones to lose value in software boom

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The days of paying $1000 for a smartphone are almost over.

Beyond Siri: Virtual assistants getting smarter

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Siri, Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana are evolving, but other players might beat them to the punch.

Credit where credit's due for China's economic authorities

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Despite a few missteps, Chinese officials are still doing a decent job of navigating the country's economic transition.

Heydon's royal commission could usher in a new political landscape

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In its quest to uncover corporate anti-competitive behaviour, the royal commission shows how Australia is taking the first step to creating a different political landscape.

Scoreboard: Oil surge

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Oil prices soared as the US lowered output estimates, while markets on both sides of the Atlantic limped towards the end of a volatile month.

DataRoom AM: Spruiking Moly-Cop

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UBS seeks to drum up private equity interest in Arrium's Moly-Cop sale, while Santos dips its toe into the asset sale waters.

Too much talk, not enough action

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To ensure continued economic growth, politicians and businesses need to talk less about reform and actually start doing something about it.

Milk suppliers have plenty to cry over

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Murray Goulburn’s warning that it may cut the milk price it pays to farmers reflects the impact of the global supply glut, and there's no respite in sight.

Two shocks markets are completely unprepared for

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At one of the most uncertain junctures in recent market history, the Australian market is priced for certainty.

APRA's work is not done yet

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APRA's macroprudential measures appear to be reining in investor lending activity, but there's plenty of uncertainty surrounding their impact in the long term.

Power retailers still snubbing renewable energy law

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Energy Australia's new CEO has joined AGL in declaring that unless government shuts coal they can't justify investing to meet the recently downsized Renewable Energy Target. Yet it is far cheaper to buy power from wind than pay the scheme's penalty - so what's going on here?

Cutting through the buyback hype

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Share purchases have become the go-to panacea for many Australian companies, but the trend has sparked plenty of controversy.

China's debt problem is the real concern

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Unlike the sharemarket, China's local government debt actually threatens the country's financial system and poses risks to the global economy.

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