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Jonathan Shapiro 4:30am Cutting interest rates isn't working as well as it once did. It's up to policymakers to find ways for governments and businesses to take advantage of low rates and boost their impact, says the RBA's deputy governor Philip Lowe.
JOHN THISTLETON 11:30pm Canberra retailers have missed out on the flow-on benefits of lower petrol prices and interest rates.
Lucy Hughes Jones 5:31pm Mortgage rates have sunk to their lowest levels since 1968 - the year US activist Martin Luther King Jr was shot and Hey Jude topped the charts.
PETER HANNAM 4:20pm AGL’s troubled coal seam gas operations have suffered another setback, with the NSW Environment Protection Authority fining the energy giant $15,000 for a gas leak at its field on Sydney’s south-western edge.
Stephen Johnson 3:41pm Global solar investments did even worse than Australia's energy and mining stocks during the past year as commodity prices dived.
Clancy Yeates and Jonathan Shapiro 4:01pm Imposing tougher lending rules on banks may slow but will not halt house price growth, the Reserve Bank’s deputy governor Philip Lowe says.
MAX MASON 4:01pm The Australian dollar got a small boost after RBA deputy Phillip Lowe said the currency is getting low enough to help support economic growth, giving an indication of the levels the central bank wants the Aussie to trade at.
Jenny Wiggins 3:00pm AECOM executive Philip Davies has been appointed Infrastructure Australia's first chief executive as the statutory body prepares to release a new 15-year plan.
Sally Rose and James Frost 5:46pm ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft has described its investigation into the uncanny moves in the Australian dollar before the two recent RBA rate decisions as "quite massive".
James Eyers 5:30pm The intergenerational report highlights the urgency of reducing superannuation fees, says a US-based expert who reckons fees can be halved if funds consolidate and adopt a passive approach to investment.
4:35pm US energy giant Chevron has received a green light to expand production capacity from 15 to 20 million tonnes per annum on Barrow Island
4:35pm Consumer watchdog gives the all clear to Woodside Petroleum to purchase $3.5 billion of Apache Corporation's assets in WA and Canada
Joyce Moullakis 2:10pm The private equity sector is benefiting from "superabundant" levels of capital, but still grappling with climbing asset prices and heightened competition for acquisitions, says Bain & Co.
JARED LYNCH 4:23pm Southern Cross Austereo's Perth chief Linda Wayman says notions of easy work-life balance were "bullshit".
Jamie Freed 4:31pm In a fitting retirement for its oldest Boeing 747-400 aircraft, if all goes to plan Qantas flight QF7474 is due to land at 7:47am on Sunday at the Illawarra Regional Airport near Wollongong, NSW.
PHILIP WEN 1:37pm China has cut its growth target to the lowest level in 15 years, as its leaders seek to curb the side effects of a generation of heady economic development which include official corruption, polluted skies and severe imbalances in the economy.
Stephen Crafti 2:15pm The previous base for Circus Oz, a drill hall in Port Melbourne, suffered from not having the type of ceiling heights required by performers who use vertical space like dancers embrace their horizontal environment.
Jacob Greeber 5:08pm How Australia will change over the next 40 years
Jason Cadden 4:17pm Record low interest rates, a weaker dollar and the housing boom are all helping Australia's economy, the RBA says.
Evan Schwarten 12:32pm Women occupy just 22 per cent of senior business roles in Australia - just the same as 10 years ago.
PETER HANNAM 5:10pm Mining giant Rio Tinto has scored a major victory in its bid to extend its controversial Mount Thorley-Warkworth coal mine in the Upper Hunter, with the Planning Assessment Commission recommending it proceeds.
Mark Kenny, James Massola 5:25pm Australia's population will live longer and be poorer over the next 40 years, with slower economic growth and a massive spike in the number of people living to 100, the latest Intergenerational Report shows.
MARK MULLIGAN 3:11pm Goldman Sach's oil guru believes surplus storage space and oversupply of capital will keep United States oil prices at less than $US50 a barrel for at least the rest of 2015.
1:39pm Sydney Airport has decided not to renew oOh!Media's advertising rights within the T2 domestic terminal.
11:37am The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released international trade figures for January.
11:32am China set the lowest economic growth target in more than 15 years as leaders tackle the side effects of a generation-long expansion that has spurred corruption, fueled debt risks and polluted skies and rivers.
Andrew Martin 11:22am There is nothing quite like the pizza lobby in Washington, a rare coalition of competitors who have banded together to defend their "food of the gods" against junk food laws.
Joyce Moullakis 11:12am Macquarie has completed a $500 million capital raising to help fund its bumper $US4 billion ($5.1 billion) purchase of an aircraft portfolio.
David Jolly 12:17pm Europe is worried about possible deflation after a third straight month of falling prices - but a slight easing of the jobless rate offers a glimmer of hope.
PETER HANNAM 3:30pm The NSW Department of Planning has been accused of operating under a cloak of secrecy, with senior bureaucrats working closely with a mining company to overturn the rejection of a coal mine expansion near Camberwell in the Upper Hunter Valley.
Jonathan Shapiro 3:27pm Australia's $109 billion sovereign wealth fund has emerged as an investor in high-end fashion website Moda Operandi as it seeks to invest directly in promising technology start-ups.
Asjylyn Loder 10:00am There's one place in the world where oil is still $US95 a barrel - on paper.
Michael Liedtke 10:04am Controversial ride-sharing service Uber is acquiring digital mapping specialist deCarta in a deal but doesn't give details.
10:04am Japanes authorities have ordered ride-sharing service Uber to stop a pilot program in Fukuoka saying it breaches the nation's laws.
Kim Christian 4:31pm Fortescue's debt profile is back in the spotlight as it refinances $US2.5bn of debt and pushes back maturity dates.
Angela Macdonald-Smith 4:37pm Woodside Petroleum secured clearance from the competition regulator for the purchase of Apache's Western Australian liquefied natural gas and oil assets, part of a $US3.75 billion deal agreed in December.
James Thomson 9:45am Fortescue Metals Group has moved to ease any pressure on its balance sheet from falling iron ore prices by launching a $US2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) debt refinancing deal.
BEAU DONELLY 12:19pm The consumer watchdog has launched legal action against drug giant Reckitt Benckiser, alleging it misled customers over claims its range of Nurofen products targeted specific areas of pain.
MISA HAN 5:45pm The sharemarket continued its gloomy run for a third consecutive day as shareholders wallowed in profit taking, with miners and banks dragging down the sharemarket.
4:57pm Australian bond futures prices have barely moved despite the release of important economic data and a speech by the RBA deputy governor.
MAX MASON 3:34pm Retail sales rose at the strongest rate in three months in January as the lower oil price helped encourage consumers to spend.
Sue Mitchell 4:57pm A slump in supermarket sales in January has reignited concerns about the outlook for the $88 billion grocery trade as Woolworths, Coles and Aldi cut prices and open new stores.
8:56am The US economy was growing at a moderate pace through mid-February despite severe winter storms that disrupted activity in some regions, the Federal Reserve reports.
8:23am Commodities news from around the world
8:13am The Australian dollar has reached a new record low against the New Zealand dollar ahead of Thursday night's European Central Bank policy meeting.
4:21pm Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at close on Thursday
10:04am Car giant Toyota has announced major management changes, giving greater voice to company executives from North America.
7:20am News from the world’s major stock markets.
BIANCA HARTGE-HAZELMAN 4:23pm Hedge funds say the market is ripe for takeovers in Australia. Check out some of the likely targets.
7:17am Local shares are poised to open flat ahead of retail trade data and as global investors position for the start of expanded bond buying by Europe’s central bank.
Agnieszka de Sousa 7:09am Falling demand for copper is leading suppliers to stash extra metal in warehouses, pushing inventories tracked by the London Metal Exchange to the biggest increase in a month.
Oliver Renick 7:03am US stocks fell for a second day, after benchmark indexes reached records on Monday, as declines in industrial companies led a retreat before the government's jobs report on Friday.
Veronica Smith 10:13am A new report says the wintry blast of snowstorms in the US has had an effect on the country's economy.
Jim Snyder and Kathleen Hunter 6:58am The US Senate failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill forcing approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a setback for Republicans who've made building the $US8 billion U.S.-Canada oil link a legislative priority.
4:53pm The share market closed flat as consumer related stocks led an afternoon recovery and mining stocks came under pressure.
COLIN KRUGER 5:10pm There's nothing like a Keating vintage spray to remind us what's missing from our current batch of puppies in Parliament house.
5:43pm The Australian dollar is relatively unchanged from Wednesday evening despite a spike on expectations rate cuts might come later than expected.
Joseph Ciolli, Lu Wang and Oliver Renick 6:19am The biggest source of fresh cash in American equities isn't speculators or exchange-traded funds: It's companies buying their own stock.
Belinda Merhab and Lucy Hughes-Jones 2:58pm Retail spending is off to a strong start in 2015, as cheap petrol, low interest rates and rising home prices encourage people to splash their cash.