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Ratings agency Moody’s is worried about the trajectory of Australia’s government debt. Andrew Gombert/EPA/AAP

Vital Signs: spending away Australia’s Triple A?

This week the IMF warns of secular stagnation while Moody's ponders a credit downgrade for Australia if GST and negative gearing are not tackled.
The long campaigns of the US election give candidates more opportunities to come unstuck. Shawn Thew/EPA/AAP

Goldilocks and the economics of election campaigns

Longer campaigns suggest the government is confident in its ability to debate the issues, but also give it more chances to get caught out.
Is it fair to compare Australia’s economy to Greece’s? AAP/Paul Miller

Australia is not Greece, but its economy is obese and unfit

Australia is not Greece. There is no budget emergency in the sense of a patient flat-lining on the operating table. But Australia is like someone who is obese, unfit, and eating too much cheese.
Confidence numbers reflect many are waiting to see if it’s safe to invest. Image sourced from

Vital Signs: economy in a holding pattern

The economic news of the week wasn't that bad - but there's still plenty of timid types around.
Economic models are not likely to give Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull any magic answers on tax reform. Lukas Coch/AAP

Models only give part answer to real tax reform

The gains from modest tax reform are not likely to be a revolution in Australia.
Current conditions make for a wild ride for investors. Scott Ableman/Flickr

Vital Signs: expect more turmoil

Low inflation gives the RBA scope to cut rates in coming months but a lot will turn on whether we continue to see persistently weak GDP growth.

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