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.
Inflation has been stubbornly low in Australia, and the RBA remains concerned about a high Australian dollar.
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.
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.
While Australia faces its greatest economic challenges in a generation, we are still waiting for the greatest economic reformers in a generation to arrive.
Interest rates remain unchanged in Australia this week, reflecting an economic holding pattern around the world, as the US presidential election carries on.
In the battle against slow economic growth, perhaps the government and Reserve Bank should try doing nothing and let the economy restore itself.
The odds are the Fed will raise rates once and the RBA will cut once before the end of the year.
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.
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' legacy shows how to maintain the independence of the Reserve Bank in crisis as well as the limits of monetary policy.
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.
Economists are divided on whether the latest interest rate cut to 1.5% was needed, as the RBA tries to boost inflation and growth.
All economic data is pointing to disappointing global growth.
It's not as easy as increasing quantitative easing when it comes to what central banks can do to address the current global uncertainty.
The RBA has revised regulations on how much merchants can charge for using a credit or debit card which might make the practise more common.
Serious problems may loom. And not just from a possible vote from the Brits to leave the European Union.
Incoming Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe will face the challenges of rapid credit and asset prices growth.
Worse than expected business investment in both manufacturing and mining provides another nod towards secular stagnation.
With all the weight of evidence stacked against the banks in the case of BBSW benchmark, surely now is the time for the government to enforce regulation.