Would the economy be in better shape if the RBA had cut interest rates sooner?
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The Reserve Bank of Australia says it's prepared to ease monetary policy further if needed to stimulate the economy. But is the policy working when interests rates are so low?
This is what a financial crisis looks like on Wall Street.
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The Fed cut rates for the third time in as many months – something practically unheard of in a strong economy.
This week’s Essential poll showed 56% of voters would prioritise stimulating the Australian economy over getting back to budget surplus.
Ross Gittins on the government’s “surplus obsession”
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As the Australian economy continues to struggle, many argue that stimulus is needed, urging the government to abandon its "surplus obsession".
“I think Australia has absolutely nothing to hide but cooperation will bring a cost”, says Michelle Grattan on the government cooperating with the inquiry into the Mueller inquiry.
Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the consequences of the controversial phone call between Morrison and Trump as revealed by the New York Times.
Interest rate cuts often lead to a boost in construction jobs as developers anticipate better conditions for selling properties.
Record low interest rates will almost certainly drive up property prices. But they will also drive down unemployment and boost investment generally.
Taking a loan has never been easier thanks to the proliferation of mobile lending platforms.
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Mobile loan platforms have given Kenyans access to easy loans, but they come at a high price.
The Bank of England.
Neither an interest rate cut nor an interest rate rise are out of the question if there's a hard Brexit.
The Fed’s Jerome Powell keeps his cards close to his chest.
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The US economy may be in worse shape than it seems.
Why is this man smiling?
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An economist unravels the seeming contradiction between stocks flirting with all-time highs and growing fears of a recession.
Wall Street traders watch as Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaks.
The Fed's decision to cut interest rates for the first time since 2008 could lead to economic policies that are even more reckless.
The latest data is not promising – central banks must react accordingly.
In DC Comics’ world of opposites, a bizarro bond is “guaranteed to lose money”. Today a bizarro bond is not just a fantasy.
In many countries people are now paying more for bonds than they will receive at maturity. These negative interest rates should make it a good time for investment.
Jacqui Lambie with Centre Alliance senators, who threw their support behind the government’s $158 billion income tax cuts, guaranteeing the package will become law.
After a hectic first week for the new parliament, Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about Jacqui Lambie's role in helping pass the government's tax cuts, and a further cut to interest rates - now 1%.
Jacqui Lambie celebrates the passing of the $158 billion tax cuts with Centre Alliance senators.
The first week of the new parliament ends on a high for the government, with its $158 billion tax cut package passed, and the first stage of tax relief ready to flow in a week or so.
Two cuts in a row, and a good chance of more to come.
The Reserve Bank has cut the official interest rate to a new low of 1%, reflecting continuing concern over the slow economy.
Fed Chair Powell signaled he’s ready to cut rates if necessary.
The Fed is in a tricky position as it signals it may soon cut interest rates to boost the economy, which also risks spurring runaway inflation and even an economic downturn.
Sluggish jobs growth may compel Federal Reserve Board Chair Powell to take action.
The Fed said it's ready to act to 'sustain the expansion.' The latest jobs report suggests it may have to act soon.
Our standard economic model says when labour is scarce, the cost of labour should increase. But something is broken. This is not happening.
We're facing a global economic problem that no one really understands or knows how to fix.
Acting AFP Commissioner Neil Gaughan speaks to the media about the raid on the ABC.
Geoff Crisp speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
Reserve Bank Governor Phi;lip Lowe will keep cutting rates until he has forced inflation up and unemployment down.
The Reserve Bank cut interest rates on Tuesday because we weren't spending or pushing up prices at the rate it wanted. On Wednesday we might find things are worse than it thought.