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Mark Mulligan 4:56pm The Australian dollar broke below US90¢ for the first time in six months on Monday afternoon, as global factors kept the currency under pressure.
Mark Mulligan 11:09am Australian house prices are among the world's most expensive when measured against incomes and rents, according to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). But it also found real price growth in the country was flat once adjusted for long-term trends.
CLANCY YEATES 12:15pm When it comes to pay rises, it is a sorry state of affairs confronting many wage-earners at the moment.
The Reserve Bank says there is no cause for panic as Australia's house prices reach dizzying heights.
Mark Mulligan and Misa Han Australia's unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 per cent in August, after the labour market added a net 121,000 jobs.
David Ramli TPG Telecom will be allowed by the competition regulator to keep connecting urban apartments to its high speed broadband network despite NBN Co’s claim it could lead to its business case collapsing and the potential it could add billions of dollars in expenses to the Budget.
Mark Mulligan Australia's unemployment rate is widely expected to have eased slightly in August after a surprise spike to 6.4 per cent in July, with consensus forecasts putting the Australian Bureau of Statistics' latest reading at 6.3 per cent.
Bianca Hartge-Hazelman The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has decided to take a breather from raising rates as it copes with the fallout from its uncomfortably strong dollar.
Patrick Durkin Country kids are punching well above their weight in the big city.
Rose Powell and Sue Mitchell Coke has slashed worker wages, another step in a national trend that will hit consumer sentiment, house prices and GDP.
Jenny Wiggins Melbourne cargo charges could double over the next two years, raising prices of imported goods for consumers, as the privatisation of Australian container ports pushes up rents, logistics group Qube has warned.
A measure of Australian consumer sentiment suffered a sharp reversal in September as households became more concerned about the outlook for the economy and employment.
Michelle Higgins At $US250,000 ($271,471) a tyre, these parking spaces in Manhattan cost more than four times the median home price in the US.
Mark Mulligan Business confidence sagged in August, wiping out July's improvement, as wholesalers, the transport industry and utilities joined mining companies in downgrading their outlook for trading conditions after painting a brighter picture the month before. However, business confidence and conditions remained resilient over the longer run, with both much stronger than a year ago.
Mark Mulligan Property investors are not far off snapping up the majority share of Australia's new home loans, taking out a record proportion of Australia's new housing finance in July.
Stephen Cauchi Rising job ad numbers suggest the labour market is improving, despite the shock jump in July's unemployment rate.
MAX MASON The resources boom helped Australia avoid recession during the global financial crisis, but the ripple on effect has created a two-speed economy where traditional measures of growth no longer give the full story.
Gareth Hutchens and Clancy Yeates One of Australia’s preeminent economists has warned the “whole economy” needs lower interest rates but the Reserve Bank’s concern with the housing market is preventing that happening.
SALLY ROSE The chief investment officer of one of Australia’s largest and fastest growing superannuation funds, HOSTPLUS, has added his voice to the chorus of disappointment at this week’s Senate deal to push out the hike in compulsory super contributions from 9 per cent to 12 per cent till 2025.
Mark Mulligan Consumer spending continued to pick up in July, but at a slower pace than in June, according to figures out on Thursday.
ALANA SCHETZER Australians are set to be forced to pay more for 'regular' mail delivery as Australia Post pushes forward with its proposed shake-up of its dwindling letters service.
ROSE POWELL Australia Post announced a sharp slump in profit on Thursday morning, and added a dire warning about the future of the government-owned business.
CLANCY YEATES Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens has delivered a blunt warning on the booming property market, highlighting the dangers of pumping up house prices from "already elevated" levels.
ROSE POWELL The technology industry has called on the government to change several rules in an incoming startup grant program to address market failures holding new tech companies back.
Mark Mulligan Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens has warned about the creation of asset bubbles in the current low interest rate environment.
MISA HAN The Reserve Bank of Australia is on track to break its record for the longest spell of cash rate inertia, with most major economists forecasting the central bank will sit on its hands well into 2015.
Mark Mulligan Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens has called on business to invest more to speed up the transition away from resources-based growth.
GARETH HUTCHENS GDP is a backward looking economic indicator.
Jamie Freed Spending by international visitors to Australia rose to a record $30.1 billion in the financial year ended June 30, up 7 per cent from the prior year due to a strong rise in the number of holidaymakers from several key markets.
JARED LYNCH Red tape and a "rigid" labour force are hammering Australia's global competitiveness, according to the World Economic Forum.
Mark Mulligan The Australian economy grew a mere 0.5 per cent in the June quarter as a steep fall in export values and weak capital expenditure crimped national output.
GEORGIA WILKINS ANZ chairman David Gonski has warned Australia’s booming housing prices cannot go on forever and the market will eventually experience a correction.
Mark Mulligan The Reserve Bank of Australia on Tuesday kept interest rates on hold at 2.5 per cent, as it again noted slack in the job market and rising house prices, while introducing concerns about the Chinese property market.
Mark Mulligan Australia’s current account deficit widened out to $13.7 billion in the June quarter, from $7.8 billion at the end of March, as exports of goods and services fell 7 per cent and imports rose 1 per cent.
JENS MEYER First-home buying has plunged to a four-year low, according to mortgage broker AFG.
Mark Mulligan The RBA statement accompanying Tuesday's interest rate decision is likely to focus on global conditions, the slow rate of non-mining investment and perhaps the strength of the Australian dollar.
VESNA POLJAK September is historically no friend of investors but experts are wondering if the first positive June quarter since 2009 could pave the way for a welcome break from tradition or play into the hands of Wall Street’s most vexed month.
Company gross operating profits fell 6.9 per cent in the June quarter, official figures show.
A private gauge of Australian price pressures showed consumer price inflation at its lowest in seven months in August, a welcome sign of moderation after higher readings in the second quarter.
Mark Mulligan Manufacturing conditions worsened slightly in August compared with July, according to the latest Australian Industry Group (AiG) Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).
Mark Mulligan A welter of economic data will point to whether or not the re-balancing of the Australian economy has gathered momentum.
MISA HAN The Australian dollar’s persistent strength in the face of falling commodity prices and a declining gap between local and overseas bond interest rates is dragging on the country’s economic growth, analysts say.
MICHAEL PASCOE It sometimes seems capital investment commentary in Australia concentrates on mining and manufacturing, perhaps because they are industries with unhappy outlooks and bad news is good news.
Stephen Cauchi New private capital expenditure has rebounded in the June quarter, rising 1.1 per cent and defying economists' expectations of a decline.
The housing market has suffered a setback to the start of the financial year after enjoying a strong recovery in 2013/14.
David Ramli NBN Co says it has received $8.4 billion in government funding and will double the number of customers using the national broadband network over the next 12 months to hit 480,000 users.
Mark Mulligan Business investment was stronger than expected in the June quarter, giving weight to Reserve Bank of Australia assumptions for second-quarter gross domestic product growth of 0.4 per cent.
Jonathan Shapiro Lindsay David may sound crazy comparing Australia’s banks to Lehman Brothers and Bernie Madoff.
JARED LYNCH The boss of Australia's biggest dairy company is forecasting more consolidation in the sector, saying there "isn't enough money to be made" for all players.
Mark Mulligan The estimated value of completed construction in Australia contracted in the June quarter, in the latest sign of the slow pace of economic re-balancing away from mining infrastructure in Australia.