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Much like a Rio Olympics basketball match, the United States' economy is coming out on top while Australia lags behind. Jim Young/Reuters

Vital Signs: US scores while Australia struggles

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.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has a difficult task of performing a balancing act as the country’s economy grows slowly. Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

Q&A: is fiscal discipline the right recipe for South Africa?

South Africa needs to spend more to stimulate economic growth. But this should not be unproductive or wasteful expenditure.
Australia’s children and grandchildren will not enjoy the fruits of the country’s prosperity as much as their parents. Mate Marschalko/Flickr

Young Australians set to pay for government policy mistakes

Having enjoyed continuously increasing prosperity since the Second World War, Australians have come to expect that each generation will live a better life than the last. But this steady progress may be…
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has called for fiscal policy to lead the way in ending the Eurozone recession. AAP/EPA/ARNE DEDERT

Draghi calls for spending to rescue Euro – but will governments do ‘whatever it takes’?

In July 2012 European Central Bank president Mario Draghi famously announced that the ECB would do “whatever it takes” to rescue the Euro. And he added: “Believe me, it will be enough.” In fact, it has…
Is Australia on its own ‘Great Gatsby curve’? Victoria Pickering/Flickr

The Great Gatsby days of inequality and social polarisation

In the popular novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald, James “Jimmy” Gatz (The Great Gatsby) climbs from his poor, rural North Dakotan origins to New York’s high society. His parties are as glamorous as they get…

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