With slow wages growth it is hard for household to “delever” themselves.
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.
The RBA found Australians are increasingly using cards instead of cash for in-person payments.
ATMs will need to evolve to remain relevant, perhaps taking on other services entirely.
Despite what RBA chief Philip Lowe says, asking for a pay rise isn’t so simple for many employees.
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.
Is the Australian economy ‘the little engine that could’?
Some seem to think the RBA is bullish on growth, but reading between the lines it seems to be hedging.
There’s been quite a bit of speculation over whether Australia has a property market bubble - where house prices are over-inflated compared to a benchmark - and when it might burst. According to housing…
Australia’s central bank says labour market conditions have been weaker than expected.
Wages are sluggish, underemployment seems stubbornly high, and there is a continued push to part-time rather than full-time employment.
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Millie, aged 5, wants to know where money comes from. We asked an economist to explain.
APRA chairman Wayne Byres is leading a crackdown on interest-only loans, but it may not be enough to cool some parts of the housing market.
Negative gearing plus inadequate supply plus low wage growth equals financial distress.
Australian business confidence is falling, amid concerning signs from other economic indicators.
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.
Business Briefing: what Australia can learn from a Polish economist.
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Visiting Professor Andrzej Rzonca from the Warsaw School of Economics is in Australia to talk about growth, the European Union, Brexit and much more.
There could be less reasons to celebrate this Melbourne Cup day.
Inflation has been stubbornly low in Australia, and the RBA remains concerned about a high Australian dollar.
Mortgage tracker rates follow the cash rate.
Business Briefing: rate tracker mortgages.
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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.
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.
Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison says interest rate cuts are a ‘matter for the RBA,’ but he doesn’t want them to fall any lower.
While Australia faces its greatest economic challenges in a generation, we are still waiting for the greatest economic reformers in a generation to arrive.
The World Economic Outlook from the IMF released this week downgraded growth for many countries.
Interest rates remain unchanged in Australia this week, reflecting an economic holding pattern around the world, as the US presidential election carries on.
Persistent low growth shows fiscal and monetary policy aren’t working.
In the battle against slow economic growth, perhaps the government and Reserve Bank should try doing nothing and let the economy restore itself.
Incoming RBA Governor Philip Lowe appeared before the House Standing Committee on Economics this week.
The odds are the Fed will raise rates once and the RBA will cut once before the end of the year.
GDP numbers in Australia look good, but when one looks one level below, the picture isn’t so good.
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The RBA leaves rates on hold, Australia gets a GDP growth spurt from pre-election spending, and the IMF lays the groundwork for a lowering of global growth expectations.
New RBA changes could mean SME’s can’t rely on commercial credit cards to pay suppliers and wait out long payment terms with big business.
If the RBA includes commercial credit cards in new caps on interchange fees, small to medium enterprises might not be able to use them as a source of finance.
Glenn Stevens upheld the independence of the RBA in his time as governor.
Glenn Stevens' legacy shows how to maintain the independence of the Reserve Bank in crisis as well as the limits of monetary policy.