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Australians' risky debt could magnify a downturn, RBA's Debelle warns

Australians' risky debt could magnify a downturn, RBA's Debelle warns

The Reserve Bank's second-in-command Guy Debelle says risky borrowing may not trigger an economic slump, but could accelerate a downturn.

  • by Michael Heath

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'Surprisingly strong': Consumer mood recovers from rate hike shock
GDP

'Surprisingly strong': Consumer mood recovers from rate hike shock

The index has now fully come back from a sharp drop in September. when political instability and rises in home loan rates at most banks soured the public mood.

  • by Wayne Cole
Why Australia will struggle to escape the next global slowdown
Trade

Why Australia will struggle to escape the next global slowdown

Australia's record run of economic growth may struggle to survive the next global downturn.

  • by Michael Heath & Jason Scott
What Donald Trump's trade war with China means for you
Analysis
Analysis

What Donald Trump's trade war with China means for you

For Australia, the main immediate risk is reduced foreign demand for our exports.

  • by Jessica Irvine
A beautiful set of numbers gets you only so far
Opinion
Opinion

A beautiful set of numbers gets you only so far

This week’s GDP numbers don’t leave any doubt the economy grew strongly in the first half of the year. But whether it can sustain that growth rate is doubtful.

  • by Ross Gittins
Modern business brains need to replace old digger brawn
Opinion
Opinion

Modern business brains need to replace old digger brawn

We haven’t really faced the fact that the resources boom is over, it's time to show some courage.

  • by Harold Mitchell
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Had it been Lehman Sisters, world would be different, IMF chief says
Christine Lagarde

Had it been Lehman Sisters, world would be different, IMF chief says

Internationa Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says had a woman been in charge of Lehman Brothers, the whole global financial crisis may have been averted.

  • by Nassim Khadem
Economy surges as Australia's savings ratio hits 10-year low
Josh Frydenberg

Economy surges as Australia's savings ratio hits 10-year low

A surging economy is being driven by a growing number of Australians raiding their savings.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Economy grows at fastest rate in six years; Aussie dollar jumps
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Economy grows at fastest rate in six years; Aussie dollar jumps

Rebounding household spending has boosted domestic demand, paving the way for the bumper result.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Victoria's regional economy lags the nation, report finds

Victoria's regional economy lags the nation, report finds

Regional Victoria has become the economic laggard of Australia, contributing less per hour of labour to the nation’s wealth than any other part of the country.

  • by Adam Carey
Why our happiness has gone to the dogs
Opinion
Opinion

Why our happiness has gone to the dogs

We are a fairly miserable lot despite having four times more leisure than we’ve ever had, and a higher life expectancy than many countries.

  • by Harold Mitchell