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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank has ended its year gently, leaving interest rates on hold and signalling they are likely to stay that way for some time.
Peter Martin AUSTRALIA'S big four banks will face government-backed competition and much greater scrutiny as part of measures aimed at weakening their market position to be unveiled on Wednesday.
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT RETAILERS are bracing themselves for a blue Christmas after a shocking set of figures showing consumers were winding back spending even before this month's interest rate rises.
Peter Martin AUSTRALIA has lost its mantle as a world-beating economy after a sharp drop in economic growth returned us to the middle of the international pack, cast doubt on the Reserve Bank's decision to lift...
Peter Martin AUSTRALIA is set to be spared a quarter of economic contraction in the national accounts to be published this morning.
Clancy Yeates and Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank has dismissed claims by the big four banks that their costs are climbing faster than the cash rate.
Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank governor, Glenn Stevens, has hailed the strength of the economy before new figures are published tomorrow that are expected to show that growth has stalled.
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT THE man who sets our interest rates has good news for summer: we can relax. Rates are not going up again ahead of Christmas and probably not until well into the new year.
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT NO ONE is talking recession but financial market economists are seriously considering the next worst thing - an end to Australia's extraordinary run of economic growth.
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT THE Treasury boss, Ken Henry, has painted the bleakest of futures for firms hurt by the sky-high dollar.
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT THE Treasurer, Wayne Swan, has raised expectations of an assault on the power of the big four banks in next month's banking statement, saying he is ''determined to see a new pillar in the system'' to...
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT RALPH NORRIS should be careful what he wishes for. In the heat of argument about bank margins this week the Commonwealth Bank chief said he would ''tend to take the view of the Reserve Bank over the...
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT AUSTRALIA'S unemployment rate, already among the world's lowest, is set to remain low well into the 2020s.
Peter Martin After remaining at or below 1 per cent per quarter since the onset of the financial crisis, Australia's long-awaited wages blowout may be on the way.
Peter Martin and Clancy Yeates THE big banks have struck back at claims they have been fattening their margins, rejecting an analysis of official data that shows their costs climbing more slowly than the Reserve Bank cash rate,...
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT THE big four banks have fattened their margins while complaining about being squeezed, new figures reveal.
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT SO FAST is the unemployment benefit shrinking relative to other benefits that by the middle of the century a single unemployed person will receive just one third of the age and the disability...
Peter Martin Australia's mining tax is too low, its GST should be increased and extended to food, and its approach to building the National Broadband Network conflicts with ''multiple'' international studies.
Peter Martin A CLAUSE of mortgage contracts may be unenforceable. A Sydney lawyer considering a class action has obtained a senior counsel's opinion that suggests the interest clause in the typical Australian...
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT AUSTRALIA'S proposed mining tax is too low, the goods and services tax should be higher and extended to food, and the approach to the national broadband network conflicts with international studies.