There are times when you should give a gift that's not solely dictated by need.
Peter Martin Ask families if their finances have improved over the past year and they are likely to feel perky.
Peter Martin A surge in mining investment and an apparent upswing in consumer spending have delivered Australia one of the fastest economic growth rates in the developed world.
Peter Martin A SURGE in mining investment and an apparent upswing in consumer spending have delivered Australia one of the fastest economic growth rates in the developed world.
Peter Martin, Eric Johnston THE Reserve Bank stands ready to cut rates again following yesterday's 0.25 percentage point reduction if the global economy slows further or if consumers fail to recover their confidence once the...
Peter Martin, Michael Evans INVESTORS have wiped about $22 billion from the Australian sharemarket as fresh fears of a serious slowdown in global growth sparked a panic selloff, pushing the ASX200 below the key 4000-point mark.
Peter Martin Australia's sharemarket has crashed to a six-month low on the back of ominous economic figures that have increased the likelihood of a cut in interest rates when the Reserve Bank board meets today.
Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank is being urged to cut interest rates by a further 0.5 percentage points at its board meeting tomorrow to head off a fall in confidence before the introduction of the carbon tax on...
Peter Martin The ACCC needs to think again on giving the green light to such a damaging deal.
Peter Martin - Economics Correspondent The Optus high-speed cable internet network is a national asset. Comprising 25,000 kilometres of coaxial cable strung across 550,000 poles in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, it provided Telstra with...
Peter Martin All of the investment in the mining boom to date is but a shadow of what's about to come, according to the latest update by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics.
Peter Martin REAL estate prices are under threat from the high dollar along with confidence and jobs but the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says Australia is set to grow at just about the...
Peter Martin - Economics Correspondent Craig Emerson and his Malaysian counterpart will sign a free trade agreement this morning.
Peter Martin The Coalition has raised the prospect of a US-style move to block government attempts to lift the debt ceiling, raising the prospect of turmoil on financial markets.
Peter Martin Treasury boss Martin Parkinson says the economy will survive one of the tightest budgets in years in part because its economic effects are milder than is widely believed.
Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank has fuelled hope of further rate cuts, saying inflation should stay low.
Peter Martin In yesterday's address to the National Press Club, Wayne Swan spoke of ''the future'' five times. But the measures in his budget appear to store up more financial problems than they solve.
Peter Martin This time last year Treasury forecast 500,000 new jobs in two years. Nine months into the first of those financial years, the economy has delivered just 29,000 and Treasury is more circumspect.
Peter Martin SIX months ago in the mid-year budget review, Wayne Swan was told to expect a paper-thin surplus in 2012-13 of just $1.5 billion.
Peter Martin After shuffling tens of billions from the defence department, corporations liable for tax and the recipients of foreign aid and funnelling it into payments for families produces a projected surplus...
Peter Martin Wayne Swan will take into tonight's budget a rare piece of good economic news.