Economy

House prices rise 1.7% in March

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman The rate of growth in the housing market appears to be tapering off.

Real estate

Housing affordability a challenge for RBA

Max Mason With house prices continuing to surge higher, there is pressure on the Reserve Bank of Australia to act in order to keep home affordability under control.

Economy

Banks call end to rate-cutting cycle

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Max Mason National Australia Bank has become the last of the big four banks to call the end of the current rate cutting cycle

World Bank

Australia the most expensive country in the G20

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John Kehoe Australians are living in the most expensive G20 economy in the world. A study by the World Bank shows the costs of goods and services in Australia are elevated around the levels of pricey European...

Michael West

Power sector needs a good dietitian

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Michael West Dividends gouged by states from the electricity sector are in effect a tax.

Environment

How El Nino affects the markets

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Vesna Poljak New research has revealed a link between the weather pattern known as El Nino and asset prices just as Australia is on the cusp of another El Nino event.

Eco

Low interest rates set to continue: RBA

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Glenda Kwek The Reserve Bank has flagged a continuation of low interest rates for some time as the economy continues to adjust to the fall-off in mining investment amid an uncertain outlook.

Eco

Unemployment 'tidal wave' feared in next two years

The budget projects unemployment to flatten over the next year.

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman Fears that the economy may be facing a jobs vacuum next year have got some investment experts questioning whether Australia will be able to fill the growth gap left by the mining boom in the coming...

Hopes that unemployment has peaked

Jacob Greber Companies added more than 26,000 jobs a month this year, official figures show.

Banking

NAB boss Cameron Clyne: Australia in 'confidence' trap

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Clancy Yeates National Australia Bank boss Cameron Clyne, in his final profit result as chief executive on Thursday, sounded a cautious note on the economic outlook, saying there needed to be a circuit-breaker to...

Canberra unemployment increases for first time since September

The budget projects that unemployment will flatten out over the next 12 months.

Henry Belot The unemployment rate in Canberra has increased for the first time since September despite the national unemployment rate remaining steady, figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics...

Economy

Jobs market shows more strength

Jobs growth is at a virtual standstill.

Jacob Greber Employment rose for a fourth straight month, supporting the Reserve Bank’s view the jobless rate might be close to peaking and bringing forward the timing of future rate hikes.

Eco

NBN Co needs another $1.4bn from taxpayers

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David Ramli and James Hutchinson NBN Co has asked the Federal Government for up to $1.4 billion more in taxpayer funds to adjust its fixed wireless and satellite business.

Rates

RBA keeps rates on hold again

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Glenda Kwek The Reserve Bank has left the cash rate at a record low of 2.5 per cent for the ninth consecutive month as it continues to flag a period of stability for monetary policy.

Economy

Surprise drop in exports weighs on trade surplus

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Australia’s trade surplus has narrowed, driven by a fall in mining exports, but economist see a strong growth trend still intact.

Property

Asian appetite for Australian houses tipped to grow

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Bianca Hargte-Hazelman A lack of momentum in Chinese property means that the Australian housing market is likely to become even more attractive in the short term.

Economy

Confidence slumps on budget cuts fears

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Glenda Kwek It's the first gauge of consumer sentiment since potential budget nasties have been making headlines, and the result isn't good for the federal government.

Economy

Growth signs no game changer for RBA

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Glenda Kwek The Reserve Bank is set to stick to its guns on a stable outlook for interest rates, even as new data pointed to further signs of a turnaround in the jobs market and an increase in consumer prices.

Employment

Australian job advertisements rise for the fourth month in April

Australian job advertisements in newspapers and on the Internet rose for a fourth straight month in April, a further sign that demand for labour is recovering from a long fallow period.

Agribusiness

Investors shun chances to cash in on Asian dining boom

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Jared Lynch Welcome to the unfortunate financial realities of Australia's agriculture sector.