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When using a cryptocurrency, you interact with a system like the blockchain, an online ledger that records transactions, directly. Bitcoin, is an examples of this. www.shutterstock.com

Why the RBA would want to create a digital Australian dollar

A digital Australian dollar could remove the role of middlemen and creates a cheaper electronic currency system, while at the same time enabling the government to fully regulate the system.
APRA’s independent inquiry panel member, John Laker, who is also chairman of the Banking Finance Oath initiative, will be one of the ones holding the CBA to account. DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP

Where the accountability problems started at CBA

One scandal at the CBA stands out above all others, It set the scene for how the CBA board would handle future scandals, that is to obfuscate, prevaricate and litigate.
With slow wages growth it is hard for household to “delever” themselves. Paul Miller/AAP

Vital Signs: the RBA was right to keep rates on hold

The amount of Australians in mortgage stress is the reason why wages growth and the labour market are such a problem - and a big reason for the RBA not to raise rates any time soon.
Despite what RBA chief Philip Lowe says, asking for a pay rise isn’t so simple for many employees. Shutterstock

How to ask for a pay rise

Building negotiating power is crucial for anyone looking to ask for a pay rise. But for those who can't, perhaps it's the employers' responsibility to ensure fair compensation.
Australia’s central bank says labour market conditions have been weaker than expected. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Vital Signs: where are all the jobs?

Wages are sluggish, underemployment seems stubbornly high, and there is a continued push to part-time rather than full-time employment.
Australian business confidence is falling, amid concerning signs from other economic indicators. Dan Peled/AAP

It’s not just a drop in GDP that should worry us

Australia's economic indicators are showing worrying signs, with business confidence falling in the face of continued low interest rates.
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.
Mortgage tracker rates follow the cash rate. www.shutterstock.com

Business Briefing: rate tracker mortgages

Business Briefing: rate tracker mortgages. The Conversation16.3 MB (download)
Rate tracker mortgages could provide some certainty for customers and increase trust in the banking sector.
ANZ has already struck a deal with Apple for its contactless payment system but now four other banks are arguing the company is making competition difficult. Monica Davey/EPA

Apple Pay dispute may mean less opportunity to pay with your mobile

The competition in Australia's contactless payment industry is heating up as Apple Pay sets up in Australia. However some banks claim the company is making the system less competitive.
The World Economic Outlook from the IMF released this week downgraded growth for many countries. Shawn Thew/AAP

Vital Signs: mixed signals from the global economy

Interest rates remain unchanged in Australia this week, reflecting an economic holding pattern around the world, as the US presidential election carries on.

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