Unemployment rate stays steady

Max Mason Jobs figures are unlikely to improve this year as mining construction winds back.


Jobs data shaping as key indicator


Max Mason Labour force data, due on Thursday morning, is shaping up as an important indicator of the health of the domestic economy.


Profiting from the 'silver economy'

Eryk Bagshaw There's money to be made out of an ageing population, and investors would be wise to look to the companies that will provide the goods and services that an older demographic will demand in the coming...


Consumer sentiment inches higher as budget continues to weigh

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Max Mason Consumer sentiment has risen marginally in June, picking up off the three-year low reach in May in the wake of the federal budget.


First home buyer loans at record low

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Jared Lynch First home buyers are continuing to lose out to investors with the number of loans to property debutantes crashing to a record low.


Sharp drop in job ads as consumer confidence struggles


Eryk Bagshaw Job advertisements declined sharply in May dropping for the first time in five months, a new survey has found.


Home loans figures below expectations

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New home loan figures show the property market boom is cooling off.

Business confidence steady despite falling consumer sentiment

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Max Mason A tough federal budget and plunging consumer confidence is doing little to deter Australian businesses who remain upbeat about the prospects of recovery.


RBA's Glenn Stevens says financial buffers needed sooner

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Clancy Yeates Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens is backing moves requiring banks to aggressively build up capital buffers ahead of schedule.

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First home buyer statistics not adding up

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Michael Pascoe Sometimes it's what isn’t there that tells a story. Take first home buyers statistics, for example.

A third of NBN not working, figures reveal

David Ramli and James Hutchinson About 118,000 homes and businesses that should be connected to the national broadband network can’t use the service because of defective fibre connections.

Deflation: The toxic crisis confronting Europe

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Malcolm Maiden The first job for central banks in countries hit head-on by the 2008-09 global crisis was to avoid an economic depression.


Falling commodity prices hit trade balance

Falling commodity prices have caused Australia's trade balance to fall into the red.


Mining drives growth with rise in exports

Max Mason and Peter Ker Mining has underpinned Australia's better-than-expected economic growth figures, providing a headache for policy makers who have been betting on a recovery across other industries to fuel growth.

Michael Pascoe

A good year for the economy, but it's downhill from here

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Michael Pascoe Well that was nice – a year of above-trend economic growth with rising labour productivity and profits. Too bad it’s downhill from here.


GDP: Australian economic growth beats expectations in March quarter

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Max Mason The Australian economy expanded at a stronger than expected rate in the first quarter.


GDP preview: Growth figures facing headwinds

Max Mason After some relatively weak data early in the week, views are mixed about Wednesday morning's impending growth figures for the Australian economy in the first quarter.

RBA keeps interest rates on hold

Glenn Stevens Reserve Bank Governor appeared before the House Economics Committee at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 8 October 2012. Photo: Andrew Meares

Max Mason The Reserve Bank has left interest rates on hold with the record low level to continue as the economy transitions away from mining investment.


Consumer confidence picks up after massive budget hit

Luke Malpass Consumer confidence seems to have bottomed after plunging in the wake of the federal budget.


March current account deficit drops to $5.67b

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Australia's current account deficit narrowed to $5.67 billion in the March quarter.