Peter Martin and Gareth Hutchens Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has called a halt to the controversial watering-down of Labor's financial advice laws.
Peter Martin, Daniel Hurst The peak body representing super funds has offered the Treasurer an olive branch, saying it would be prepared to consider reduced or zero tax concessions on super accounts with very high balances.
Peter Martin and Gareth Hutchens Australians are ditching banks and ploughing their savings into real estate and shares.
Peter Martin The Reserve Bank is considered certain to cut interest rates after a last-minute deluge of data showed spending has stalled, profits have collapsed, the job market has shrunk and inflation has turned...
Peter Martin and Clancy Yeates Handing lost and inactive super accounts over to the Tax Office will be good for their owners, Treasury has told a Senate committee.
Peter Martin A DECADE ago an Australian man who had just turned 50 could expect to live another 29.9 years. Today the official figure is 32 years. Even the past year has made an enormous difference.
Peter Martin The first figures in on the price impact of the carbon tax show its effect contained and inflation low.
Peter Martin WE'RE falling out of love with cash. Australians withdrew cash from ATMs 64.7 million times in January, well down on 65.6 million withdrawals made the previous January.
Eric Johnston and Peter Martin Borrowers face further pain, with Commonwealth and NAB expected to review mortgage, business rates.
Peter Martin Financial markets are banking on more rate cuts over the next six months, but many home buyers appear not to care.
Peter Martin and Clancy Yeates The standoff over home loan interest rates ends, with each of Australia's big four banks finally yielding to political pressure and passing on the Reserve Bank's 0.25 point cut.
Peter Martin TWO of the big four banks have passed on in full the Reserve Bank's 0.25 percentage point interest rate cut and the others are set to follow within days.
Peter Martin Treasury boss Martin Parkinson backs a move to wind back or abolish real estate stamp duties.
Peter Martin We are abandoning credit cards but embracing plastic as never before.
Peter Martin You would not believe it if you listened to our politicians, but household fuel and power bills eat up no more of our wallets than they did six years ago. And petrol eats up less.
Peter Martin The global financial crisis has knocked a hole in Australian incomes and spread wealth more evenly, except in Western Australia.
Peter Martin When the carbon price is set against the tax cuts, about one-third of households in Australia will be worse off.
Peter Martin Banks are taking less out of our pockets for the first time on record.
Peter Martin Fourteen months after threatening Centrebet directors with fines and prison terms if they continued to offer bets on Reserve Bank interest rate moves, ASIC has quietly relented.
Peter Martin If you think your cost of living is rising faster than what official figures seem to say, you are probably right.