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Commonwealth Bank chief executive Ian Narev speaks at a press conference after the bank’s half year results announcement. Nikki Short/AAP

Explainer: what might upset Australia’s ‘rock solid’ banks

The Commonwealth Bank's half year results suggest Australian banks are doing well despite the turbulence affecting banks internationally, however they may not be totally immune.
There’s a reason they call them ‘impulse purchases.’ frankieleon/Flickr

The dark side of free markets

While free markets have delivered benefits, they also prey on our weaknesses, tempting us to buy things that are bad for us, be it sweet candy or sour investments.
About 98% of US exporters are small businesses. Cargo ship via www.shutterstock.com

We may have cinched TPP, but is US trade a lost cause?

The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership belies the fact that the US's share of trade in the region has been declining for some time.
Running the economy is a bit like running a race… Jogger wall via www.shutterstock.com

How the Federal Reserve keeps the US economy from bonking

My buddy is training for his third Chicago Marathon. I’m preparing for a 10K mud-run. He’s really fit and a family nurse practitioner, so I seek his advice on how to get in shape and what to eat. His advice…

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