Peter Martin - Economics Correspondent If Swan pulls this off, he'll really deserve to be called the world's greatest treasurer.
Peter Martin The Reserve Bank believes it, rather than retail banks, controls Australian interest rates.
Peter Martin Reserve Bank governor says Australians tend to focus on difficulties rather than opportunities.
Peter Martin Australia in box seat to take advantage of Indian demand for coking coal, Reserve Bank research suggests.
Peter Martin The shake-up of the taxation of Australia's 660,000 trusts is now unlikely go ahead of the next election.
Peter Martin IT'S hard to credit. We feel bad about our finances but good about shopping.
Peter Martin THE planned shake-up of the taxation of Australia's 660,000 trusts by July 1 next year, ahead of the next election, is unlikely to go ahead as had been promised.
Peter Martin A stark divide has opened up in business conditions, with Western Australia way out in front, every other state well back and Victoria at the bottom of the pack.
Peter Martin IT'S THE most often talked-about fix for manufacturers and other victims of the high dollar - hit the mining industry with a bigger super profits tax to take pressure off the dollar.
Peter Martin and Eric Johnston Official interest rates are set to remain on hold, quite possibly for the rest of the year, barring a major change in the economic outlook.
Peter Martin, Tim Colebatch, Eric Johnston OFFICIAL interest rates are set to remain on hold, quite possibly for the rest of the year, barring a major change to the economic outlook.
Peter Martin A sharp geographic divide has opened up, with the latest Bureau of Statistics report showing sales growth five times as fast in Australia's north-west as in the south-east.
Peter Martin First figures for the year show spending at cafes and restaurants is up 4.3 per cent while the rest of retail stood still.
Peter Martin TREASURY has a problem with women. Australia's No.1 economic department believes it does not value them enough as workers, in part because it does not properly value the skills they have to offer.
Peter Martin and Eric Johnston Ratings agency Fitch has cut the credit rating of three of the big four Australian banks.
Peter Martin WAGES are growing faster than inflation, but not fast enough to concern the Reserve Bank.
Karen Kissane, Peter Martin EURO ZONE leaders have agreed to a €130 billion ($161 billion) bailout deal for the collapsing Greek economy but insist the loan money be ring-fenced so it can be clawed back if Greece fails to make...
Peter Martin Cafe and restaurant owners in Melbourne and Sydney can rest easy: they are not missing out on the benefits of the mining boom.
Peter Martin The truth is jobs growth is a lot less spectacular than it now looks and a bit better than it did look.
Peter Martin Latest NAB business survey shows two-thirds of businesses reported no need for finance in January.