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Su-Lin Tan While retail sales in early December were up, consumers are anxious about spending.
PETER MARTIN Like the punchline to a joke, Joe Hockey saved the best twist in the Coalition's war on wages until the end.
LUCY CORMACK Sandra Bell loves her job in childcare, but at 66 years of age she could happily retire, if not for the one thing holding her back.
David Jolly Switzerland's central bank is starting to charge banks to hold deposits, moving to push down the Swiss franc amid turmoil in global currency markets and deflation concerns.
ELIZABETH KNIGHT After 2½ years of rising prices, the housing market appears to be running out of steam.
MICHAEL WEST Joe Hockey can say what he likes. The outlook for any substantial action on multinational tax shifting is bleak.
MICHAEL PASCOE Joe Hockey's budget was deeply unpopular, but here's a sensible idea that the punters will hate even more.
Peter Martin, Nassim Khadem The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has taken aim at a raft of Australian budget measures, describing one as potentially unsustainable and another as needing close monitoring.
GARETH HUTCHENS Treasury is predicting that thousands more people will lose their jobs next year than previously thought, and economists warn that much of the burden will fall on Australia’s youth
MATT WADE Economists are asking the question after a cryptic clue in the minutes of the board's December meeting.
STEPHEN CAUCHI OPEC's decision to keep pumping out oil despite big price drops has had major ramifications for the global and Australian economies. What's going on?
MARK MULLIGAN The Reserve Bank has taken on board market expectations of an interest rate cut in 2015, but has given no indication yet that it is considering such a move.
VESNA POLJAK Treasurer Joe Hockey’s budget update has lent a further dovish element to the economic outlook which will support the case for interest rate cuts in 2015.
BRIAN ROBINS In its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the government has slashed to 6.75 per cent its forecast for China's economic growth for 2015.
Rick Feneley and Gareth Hutchens Since World War II, Australians have assumed their children would enjoy a better standard of living than they did. That assumption has been correct – until now. Rick Feneley and Gareth Hutchens report.
MICHAEL PASCOE According to RBA governor Glenn Stevens, we still get at least 17,000 TVs for every tonne of iron ore. So go and have a confident Christmas.
MARK MULLIGAN Economics and markets reporter Mark Mulligan looks at the key topics and takeaways from RBA governor Glenn Stevens' latest in-depth interview, during which he said the Australian dollar would "probably be better" being closer to US75¢ than US85¢.
Jacob Greber and Michael Stutchbury Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens wants the dollar to fall to levels last seen a decade ago.
Australia is likely to keep its triple-A ratings even as the government's looming budget review is set to show a marked deterioration in its finances, two ratings agencies said on Thursday.
CLARE COLLEY The ACT’s unemployment rate had a slight increase to 5.2 per cent in November following the national trend where it rose to 6.3 per cent.
PETER MARTIN More of us are employed than ever before, yet we are putting in fewer hours than at any time in the past six months.
MARK MULLIGAN Australia’s unemployment rate rose slightly, to 6.3 per cent, in November, despite the creation of more than 40,000 jobs during the month.
Mark Mulligan, Madeleine Heffernan Further evidence of flagging consumer sentiment and a cooling housing market on Wednesday added to gathering gloom about the Australian economy and piled more pressure on the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut interest rates next year.
GARETH HUTCHENS Consumer confidence has now fallen so low that it is back to financial crisis levels.
MARK MULLIGAN The total value of housing-related loans excluding alterations and additions rose 1 per cent, seasonally-adjusted, between September and October, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
MARK MULLIGAN Consumer sentiment plunges to "very disturbing" levels amid waning optimism for the housing market and concerns about job security, Westpac says.
Georgia Wilkins and Nassim Khadem Australia's financial regulators have launched a joint attack on risky home lending as investment and interest-only loans threaten the stability of the financial system.
The banking watchdog is cracking down on risky mortgage lending as the property market heats up.
MICHAEL PASCOE The Coalition has blown all the lift in business confidence its election had delivered.
William Pesek The solution to Australia's challenges remain smart, forward-looking, and yes, costly, policy initiatives
Vesna Poljak and Mark Mulligan National Australia Bank on Tuesday became the second of Australia's big four banks to change its call on interest rates next year after its closely-watched business survey revealed gloomy findings supporting rate cuts in 2015.
LUCY CORMACK Respected economists are tipping a cash rate cut from the Reserve Bank early in 2015, but analysts are warning first home buyers of thinking low rates are the new normal.
STEPHEN CAUCHI Australian petrol prices are near 30-month lows but could fall another 10¢ a per litre, according to Commsec says.
MARK MULLIGAN The number of jobs advertised online and in printed newspapers climbed 0.7 per cent during November, suggesting a lift in employment in the months ahead, according to ANZ.
Jonathan Shapiro The inquiry made 44 recommendations, here are the key points
Victoria Stilwell A November hiring surge ranging from factories to offices and retailers powered the US economy to create the largest number of jobs in almost three years.
MALCOLM MAIDEN One thing worth remembering as the market places bets that the Reserve Bank will cut its cash rate rapidly is that the bloke who runs it aims to move methodically.
MARK MULLIGAN Although the value of the goods and services produced in Australia continues to expand, the income flowing to Australians is shrinking.
ROSS GITTINS With the economy growing below par and spirits so flat that people have started making up new and silly terms like "technical income recession" just to spook us, it's time we put our present discontents into context.
NASSIM KHADEM Laws that force wealthy owners of private businesses to divulge their business income and how much tax they paid will do nothing to bring in revenue, but instead are seen as a gross invasion of privacy.
MAX MASON Australian wages rose more than in any developed G20 nation between 2007 and 2013. But then something changed.
Simon Kennedy and Rich Miller Three decades ago, Ronald Reagan called surging prices "as violent as a mugger," while Grandmaster Flash rapped about "double-digit inflation" making him "wonder how I keep from going under."
MICHAEL PASCOE This week was marked by the start of the Reserve Bank three-step, a dance that could finish with the bank changing its cash rate.
A year after Tony Abbott pledged to be an "infrastructure prime minister", he risks becoming the first Australian premier to preside over a recession since the early 1990s, in part due to the snail's pace of new building projects.
STEPHEN CAUCHI The Government is unlikely to deliberately loosen fiscal policy in the forthcoming Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook to try and stimulate growth, according to economists.
GARETH HUTCHENS One of Australia's most watched chief economists believes the Reserve Bank will have to cut the cash rate dramatically in coming months in a bid to pump life into a quickly-deteriorating economy
GARETH HUTCHENS Australia has an economic growth rate that is still the envy of the developed world, so why does it feel like we are struggling?
MARK MULLIGAN Australians continued to spend more on household items, electronics, clothing and footwear in October, although the rate of growth across all retail categories slowed to 0.4 per cent from an unusually-high 1.3 per cent in September.
NASSIM KHADEM The United States won't give up its right to tax multinationals, and nations will go to war soon with countries like China on taxing rights, a US tax head says.