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The basic art for the new Australian five dollar note, to be released in September, is creating controversy. Reserve Bank of Australia/AAP

Our punk, jarring five dollar note: so bad it’s good or just bad?

The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced a new five dollar note, to great general derision. The Australian Mint has a proud history of excellent design, so why is this new note so wrong?
Sharemarket volatility demonstrates global frothiness; nevertheless the case is weak for an interest rates cut. AAP/Dan Peled

Trouble looms, so rates should hold

The best course of action for the Reserve Bank is to hold off changing rates; but the longer term case for an increase is changing.
That $550 from the carbon tax repeal might be in your bank account, or it might have been gobbled up by exchange rates. baranq/

Trying to measure the savings from the carbon tax is a mug’s game

The carbon tax repeal was supposed to save the average household A$550. And it might well have done, but teasing out the exact figure amid the myriad other economic factors is a herculean task.
The superheated Sydney housing market has regulators, and the Reserve Bank, worried. Joel Carrett/AAP

Rates and housing risk: beware outsourcing policy to regulators

With rates on the way down the problem of runaway property investing has been left to the regulator APRA. But regulators should not be used as agents of short-term government policy.
Australia’s rates should rise in the next six to 12 months, says the Shadow Reserve Bank. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Still no clear direction for economy: RBA should hold

Economic data is giving a mixed picture on whether the Reserve Bank should cut rates, but on balance, RBA members should hold.
Uncertainty around Greece defaulting on debt repayments continues to dominate the global outlook. AAP/EPA/Aexandros Vlachos

Financial markets expect a cut, but RBA Shadow Board says hold

Financial markets have factored in a cut to Australia's cash rate, but economists - including the CAMA Shadow Board - aren't so sure.
The Shadow RBA Board recommends what the RBA should do, not predicts what it will do. Image sourced from

The RBA cut rates, we said it shouldn’t. Here’s why.

I am a member of the “Shadow” RBA Board, which is made up of a collection of industry and academic economists. Just before every meeting of the real-world RBA Board, we announce our recommendations for…
Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens has helped Treasurer Joe Hockey make his case for boosting the economy, but will it be enough? Alan Porritt/AAP

How to multiply the rate cut impact and unshackle the economy

This week’s Reserve Bank interest rate move surprised virtually everyone, bringing the cash rate to 2.25%, yet another historic low. Despite Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggesting the rate cut means…

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