On Q&A, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive James Pearson said almost 60% of small business owners in Australia are paid $50,000 or less. Is that right?
Housing and wages loom as stubborn problems that could bring our economy unstuck in the year ahead.
Any number of implicit and explicit deadlines make 2018 look like a more eventful year than most.
The narrative that Australia has "transitioned from the mining boom successfully" seems a lot like wishful thinking.
Business conditions aren't translating to confidence, despite growing profits and jobs.
Why is it that the US -- which suffered a major downturn -- seems to have a stronger economy than Australia , which did not even go into recession in 2008-09?
New modelling shows that Australia’s distance from Europe and the United States hurts our exports, but this will change as Asia develops.
Repeatedly boasting about the past won't distract from the fact Australia's economy is looking shaky.
The slew of numbers across various major economies this week continue to suggest a mixed picture.
Treasurer Scott Morrison says Australia will "grow into growth". Global economic conditions suggest otherwise.
Some seem to think the RBA is bullish on growth, but reading between the lines it seems to be hedging.
Wages are sluggish, underemployment seems stubbornly high, and there is a continued push to part-time rather than full-time employment.
There are economic arguments to be had for ensuring an appropriate rate of growth of real wages.
Face Value analyses the sentiment of business leaders in ASX top 100 companies and for 2017 it seems positive, although sometimes highly opinionated.
The current subdued level of non-mining business investment may be the "new normal".
Uncertainty about energy prices and political dithering on company tax rates point to businesses waiting before investing heavily.
Brexit and Trump pave the way for more financial market uncertainty.
When we don't factor in the environment in our economic decision making, we aren't getting an acurate picture of what's happening. Australia needs to adopt more environmental economics.
My Christmas fiscal wish is that in 2017 both sides of politics treat the Australian public like adults.
Money alone will not create the numbers and kinds of jobs required to boost the economy.