The shift to part-time employment in the labour force has been going on for a long time now.
Uncertainty about energy prices and political dithering on company tax rates point to businesses waiting before investing heavily.
The Reserve Bank, under Governor Philip Lowe, this week kept the cash rate at 1.5%.
It is a puzzle as to why businesses are reasonably confident but not willing to invest.
The effects of a sovereign credit rating downgrade would be painful for all South Africans.
Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone and Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev will have to wait for the company tax cut they’ve been asking for.
We are all still learning the rules of the "secularly stagnant" global economy.
ECB’s Mario Draghi on lower rates: “The answer is no.”
This week: a range of confidence measures, from not great to interesting for Australia; ECB confirms negative rates and further stimulus.
Confidence numbers reflect many are waiting to see if it’s safe to invest.
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The economic news of the week wasn't that bad - but there's still plenty of timid types around.
Treasurer Joe Hockey is hoping budget measures aimed at small business translate to economic growth.
Business confidence might be up after the budget, but there are more reliable measures of what's really driving the economy.
Treasurer Joe Hockey must weigh all aspects of Australia’s economy in his budget.
As we head into the federal budget tonight, all eyes will be on how the Coalition government might tackle some challenging economic data affecting Australia's economy.
Treasurer Joe Hockey may have welcomed this month’s interest rate cut, but it’s now up to the government to boost confidence.
It will take more than monetary policy to get Australia's business and consumer confidence back on track.
The key indicators of the health of the economy are the unemployment rate, inflation rate and economic growth.
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The key economic indicators to look out for on budget night.
People’s beliefs, emotions, and state of mind influence economic performance and prosperity.
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The fact is, people do not always behave dispassionately and logically. Which is why measuring consumer sentiment matters.
Business confidence is largely based on gut-feel, but the good news is, it can be manipulated.
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It would seem odd that the guesses of a random collection of people inform economic policy. But there's more to consumer sentiment than that.
Pressure for a rates hike is increasing.
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Retail trade is up by a “surprisingly robust” 0.4%, and business confidence continues to grow.
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