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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

Super system could face revolutionary changes

Peter Martin and Clancy Yeates The Financial System Inquiry has proposed a revolution in Australia's superannuation system that would banish high fees and force Australians to take more super as income rather than lump sums.

Report makes push for drastic changes

David Murray

Peter Martin, Clancy Yeates The financial system inquiry has proposed a revolution in Australia's superannuation system that would vanquish high fees and force people to take more super as income rather than lump sums.

Peter Martin

Murray financial system inquiry: Could the sun be setting on super?

The sun could be setting on the generous tax treatment of super.

Peter Martin The first report of David Murray’s financial system inquiry is an indictment of Labor and the superannuation scheme of which it is so proud.

Comment

Perfect storm catches bankers all at sea

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Peter Martin The Murray inquiry will show whether it is working for investors or the banks.

Forecasting

How BusinessDay's top forecaster got it right

Professor Jakob Madsen

Peter Martin There is no model in this world that can predict the exchange rate with confidence.

Economic Survey

Australian dollar to drop to US86c in 2015

One dollar coin

Peter Martin Australia's leading and most informed economists see challenges ahead for Australia.

Houses, dollar to fall warns Reserve Bank

Glenn Stevens: “People should not assume that [house] prices always rise. They don’t; sometimes they fall.”

Clancy Yeates and Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has warned home owners that "people should not assume that prices always rise" when deciding to buy property.

Economy

RBA's Glenn Stevens warns on Aussie dollar, Sydney house prices

STEVENS AFR PHOTOGRAPH BY GLENN HUNT 3rd July 2013.
NEWS - Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens speaking at an Economic Society of Australia Business Luncheon in Brisbane.

Peter Martin The Reserve Bank believes the Australian dollar is set to fall significantly, “and not by just a few cents”.

Trade

Ex-WTO chief tips pacts are on the way out

Pascal Lamy

Peter Martin The stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations and Australia's latest free trade agreements with Japan and Korea don't much impress Pascal Lamy.

Peter Martin

An indexation trick without an asterisk

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Peter Martin Honest Joe has delivered a stunning first instalment. It's stunning because he has harnessed the power of compound indexation to restrain spending by more and more as each year goes by.

What's driving the budget? It isn't Newstart, family or disability benefits

Details have already emerged about Treasurer Joe Hockey's first budget.

Peter Martin Newstart, family tax benefits and the disability support pension - all targeted in the budget - are growing far more slowly than other government spending a new analysis finds.

Higher education shielded from cuts as economic figures reveal growth

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Mark Kenny and Peter Martin EXCLUSIVE Universities will escape some of the worst effects of an expected horror budget on Tuesday night, with two key programs which had been expected to go, rescued from the Treasurer's sword.

Reserve Bank revises growth forecast up

The Reserve Bank of Australia

Glenda Kwek, Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has indicated interest rates are likely to remain low for some time.

Economy

Canberra set to get billions in assets sales

Hockey

Max Mason and Peter Martin Canberra would be in line for billions of dollars on the back of slated Commonwealth privatisations, but not all assets earmarked for sale would be an easy fit for the stockmarket.

Economy

Commission of Audit: What's in it for business?

Australia Post

Peter Martin Australia Post, Snowy Hydro, the Moorebank Intermodal company and the Australian Rail Track Corporation are among the prizes for businesses in the government's National Commission of Audit report

Economy

Standard of living the key to competition review

Coin in purse

Peter Martin The head of the government's competition review says he won't pursue competition.

Free trading cards laid on the table, but beware the ace up the sleeve

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Peter Martin What's next after the Japan free trade agreement and the Korean free trade agreement?

Regulation

Super system expensive and inefficient, says Treasury

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Peter Martin The Treasury says Australia's superannuation system is one of the world's least efficient.

Super system expensive and inefficient, says Treasury

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Peter Martin Australia's superannuation system is one of the world's least efficient and most expensive and financial disclosure laws aren't working, the Treasury says in its submission to the Murray financial...

Concern Australia could get mauled by Japan free trade clause

Peter Martin Economics Editor Japanese companies could sue Australian governments under clauses expected to be included in the Australia-Japan free trade agreement.