Australia's economic indicators are showing worrying signs, with business confidence falling in the face of continued low interest rates.
Ultra-low interest rates have made low-carbon projects like windmill farms more attractive than coal power plants. That will begin to change as the central bank lifts rates, hurting the green economy.
Construction slumps to its lowest level since 2010, and the US Fed remains divided on its next interest rate hike.
The US election confirmed the death of an extraordinary economic era. Now, control of the next must be wrested from the emboldened nationalists.
The Australian economy continues to show some positive signs, but there are pockets of weakness and cause for concern every month.
The central bank's governor is locked into a white-hot political spat, but what can he actually do in the next two and a half years?
Inflation has been stubbornly low in Australia, and the RBA remains concerned about a high Australian dollar.
APRA has updated its guidance to lenders on concerns about the risks to financial stability from the housing market, but it should be focusing more on the banks, not hurting those with a mortgage.
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.
When the cash rate increases, lending rates shoot up like rockets, but when the opposite occurs they go down like feathers.
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 Fed left interest rates unchanged but said improving economic data means it will likely lift them later this year. We asked two scholars – and ex-Fed officials – if it was the right call.
Just like apes, humans fear the unknown, and that's why there's so much uncertainty this week as markets brace for an interest-rate decision by the Federal Reserve.
The Australian economy continues to deliver mixed, but on the whole positive, signals.
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.
All in all this was a fairly positive week for global economies.
The 2008 financial crisis exposed major gaps in central banks' operations. New features like quantitative easing have since emerged.
Central banks around the world are struggling with the failure of low (or negative) interest rates to breathe life back into ailing economies.