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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
Peter Martin Why are interest rates still more likely to head down than up? Because it's the Reserve Bank's plan B.
Glenda Kwek, Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has continued to keep the door open to a further easing of monetary policy, despite holding the cash rate at 3 per cent for the third straight month, in a move some analysts describe...
Peter Martin, Madeleine Heffernan The government's options for increasing taxes on superannuation are shrinking. The industry has warned that one of the options - a higher tax on funds held by high earners - would be almost...
Peter Martin Australia's high earners are surprisingly magnanimous when it comes to tax. Many think the rich should pay more. They just don't think that applies to them.
Peter Martin Australians are so ignorant about the carbon tax that more than half think it has pushed up the price of petrol.
Peter Martin Pensioners are about to get a supersized pay rise while Australians living on Newstart get a comparative pittance.
Peter Martin Six near-consecutive interest rate cuts and a sharemarket that has been climbing since December have broken the back of consumer gloom, propelling confidence to heights not seen for years.
Clancy Yeates, Glenda Kwek and Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has left the door open to interest rate cuts if the economy weakens.
Clancy Yeates, Glenda Kwek, Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has left the door open to interest rate cuts if the economy weakens, saying the tame outlook for inflation would not stand in the way of further moves to stimulate activity.
Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank believes the Australian dollar is about 5 cents overvalued, but is considered likely to leave interest rates on hold this month after better than expected news on business investment...
Peter Martin Reserve Bank believes the Australian dollar is overvalued by about 5¢, but it is considered likely to leave interest rates on hold this month after better than expected news on business investment...
Peter Martin COLLAPSING commodity prices have hit BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto so badly that if the government had stuck with the original version of its mining tax, it would be up for billions.
Peter Martin Group of Twenty finance ministers have pledged to avoid a global currency war.
Paddy Manning, Peter Martin THE resources giant Rio Tinto paid no mining tax last year, but the new Australian chief executive, Sam Walsh, said the company was ''paying our way''.
Peter Martin When Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan met the heads of the big miners to discuss the tax, the smartest people were kept out of the room.
Peter Martin The Reserve Bank is on standby to cut interest rates once again if the economy falters.
Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank board is set to take a breather on Tuesday after slicing almost $2000 from the annual cost of servicing a typical mortgage over the past year.
Peter Martin Australia's jobs market is sliding, with lay-offs providing a sobering start to the year.
Peter Martin MONTHS after Labor's mining tax, its carbon tax and its fourth successive budget deficit, Australia has been rewarded with an upgrade by the world's biggest fund manager.
Peter Martin AN UNEXPECTED surge in the global iron ore price has put the budget surplus back within reach.