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China ‘recovery’ more a dead cat bounce

The one sector that is not seeing growth is the one most important to Australian mining: housing in China.

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The dollar is slowly tightening its grip on Hockey’s forecasts

The persistent strength of the dollar threatens to do to Joe Hockey what it did to Wayne Swan - and the stakes are just as high for the government as they were for Labor, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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The five waves that could wipe out the Australian economy this year

The waves washing over the Australian economy won’t wipe us out in themselves. But the convergence of them this year could flood attempts to refloat the economy.

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Australia is swaggering, unarmed, in the global currency war

The Australian dollar isn’t losing against commodity competitors but manufacturing and service economies. So how long will it last and can anything be done about it?

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Strong economic data, but will the RBA take away the punch bowl?

Fresh data shows that monthly volatility aside, the labour market is performing much more strongly than in 2013 — good news for Joe Hockey despite his gloomy forecasts, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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How US bonds are putting a rocket under the Australian dollar

If the Reserve Bank is relying on a recovery in the United States economy and a hawkish Federal Reserve to bring down the Aussie dollar, it might be waiting a while.

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RBA relaxed about the dollar and investment

This month’s minutes from the RBA board meeting show the bank is more relaxed about the dollar than it used to be, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Australian dollar shot as currency cold war turns hot

It’s been a wild ride for the Aussie dollar. Here’s one theory as to its recent path — and what’s likely to happen next.

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Hockey’s RBA handout is looking sillier and sillier

The RBA’s reserve fund has had a big boost from the falling Aussie dollar and a more settled US economy.Joe Hockey’s ill-conceived $8.8 billion handout is looking sillier by the day, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Abbott confused on A$ — and that gift to the RBA

Tony Abbott’s bizarre linkage of the government’s $9 billion handout to the Reserve Bank to the Australian dollar raises questions about a deal between the government the independent RBA, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Bring on the taper, we can handle it (it’s all in the payrolls report)

After the upheaval of a government shutdown, the US economy is ready to taper off the Federal Reserve’s US$85 billion asset purchase scheme, writes Business Spectator’s Callam Pickering.

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GrainCorp damage already evident — and a Qantas debt fix isn’t that simple

The immediate damage from the Graincorp decision is already clear, but what will be the longer-term impact? And a debt guarantee for Qantas isn’t as simple as it sounds, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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When impotence is the only policy option

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey now face the same challenge that confronted Wayne Swan — how to handle a budget when the currency is too strong? Crikey writers Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Economic reality mugs the Liberal economic agenda

The downgrade of Western Australia’s credit rating illustrates how governments can’t merely talk about fiscal discipline, they need to show it. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Katter’s rural Australia in a globalising world, part two

Queenslanders love Bob Katter’s big hat and bigger swagger, but his folksy charm is wearing thin in some parts of the Tablelands.

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Koukoulas: is the dollar back on the rise?

Higher commodity prices, looming interest rate hikes and stronger GDP growth point to a rising Aussie dollar in 2014. A return to parity could be on the cards, writes Stephen Koukoulas at Business Spectator.

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Is the dollar danger over? And what happens if it isn’t?

Conventional wisdom is that the Aussie dollar will continue to fall, delivering a boon to business and governments alike in coming years. What if it doesn’t, ask Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane?

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Economic lessons from WA: nobody booms over this bust

The Western Australian government’s budget and Rio Tinto’s continuing reliance on the Pilbara reflect economic reality rather than political or corporate rhetoric, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Hockey loses his mo-joe, shoots his mouth off

Joe Hockey’s tendency to run off at the mouth needs to be curbed before he becomes treasurer — if he does. He’s had a bad week, and needs to get his mojo back, according to Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Cut the chatter: Fed heads off instability with soothing words

The US Federal Reserve has affirmed its intention to maintain monetary easing, heading off a developing market rout overnight.

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Dollar SMASH! Commentariat changes its tune on strong currency

Forget the problems of a strong currency — suddenly the dollar is a symbol of national economic virility, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Budget delivered on the wings of the dollar

A new-found conservatism in Treasury estimates means the economy could grow faster than expected, especially if the Australian dollar continues to fall. Former Labor economic adviser Stephen Koukoulas comments.

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Steady as she goes from a slightly more optimistic RBA

The RBA, while cautious, sees growth returning to trend in 2014, an outcome a falling dollar will help bring about, write Crikey’s Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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RBA guns the economic engines as govt applies the brakes

Yesterday’s surprise rate cut is designed to address both the strong dollar and a domestic economy struggling as governments slash spending, say Crikey writers Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Who’s afraid of inflation? Today’s CPI figures are benign — again

More benign inflation data shows “cost of living” complaints are unfounded, and gives the RBA some room to move rates downward. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane look at the numbers.

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