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Fed Chair Janet Yellen heads one of the most powerful financial institutions in the world. Reuters/Carlos Barria

How Trump’s nominee for the Fed could turn central banking on its head

Randal Quarles, the president's first nominee to the Federal Reserve's board of governors, has argued the bank should use rules to make decisions. But could such a shift prove disastrous in a crisis?
Stable food prices are a central issue for South Africa’s Reserve Bank. But should it be doing more to protect the poor? Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa needs a sensible debate about its Reserve Bank. Here’s a start

There's a raging debate in South Africa about the role of its central bank. This is inevitable given that so much is changing in the world of central banking and in economic life.
Australia and Poland could adopt similar policies to protect against economic shocks from China and the EU, respectively. Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Business Briefing: what Australia can learn from a Polish economist

Business Briefing: what Australia can learn from a Polish economist. The Conversation20.1 MB (download)
Visiting Professor Andrzej Rzonca from the Warsaw School of Economics is in Australia to talk about growth, the European Union, Brexit and much more.
Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan. He left the job after concerted political attacks. Reuters/Shailesh Andrade

Reserve Bank independence: sobering lessons from India and South Africa

Attacks on the South African Reserve Bank and events in India that led to the exit of the governor of the country's central bank are a warning that banks aren't immune from political meddling.
Glenn Stevens upheld the independence of the RBA in his time as governor. Mick Tsikas/AAP

The legacy of Glenn Stevens in three lessons

Glenn Stevens' legacy shows how to maintain the independence of the Reserve Bank in crisis as well as the limits of monetary policy.
Much like a Rio Olympics basketball match, the United States’ economy is coming out on top while Australia lags behind. Jim Young/Reuters

Vital Signs: US scores while Australia struggles

The US economy is improving off the back of jobs figures while in Australia, the government is being warned by the Reserve Bank to step up its game.

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