tip off

The strange silence of the business community on the gutting of the RET

The business community is oddly silent as the government goes about killing investment and jobs as part of its ideological hatred of renewable energy.

READ MORE

Consumer sentiment might become the government’s real budget crisis

Consumer sentiment has responded negatively to the budget, but it remains to be seen if that translate into real economic consequences, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

READ MORE

‘Consumer sentiment’: they say one thing and do another

Consumer sentiment might be down, but that won’t necessarily translate into economic gloom — especially given today’s jobs numbers, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

READ MORE

House price boom could be our biggest economic problem

While we wait for the fairies of confidence to sprinkle some magic dust on the economy, we should pay attention to house prices. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

READ MORE

Economic debate Aussie-style: a tale of two datasets

It’s difficult to have an informed economic debate when key data is ignored because it doesn’t fit the media narrative. Crikey’s Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

READ MORE

Labor and the gap between stated and revealed preference

Australians are saying one thing but doing another on the economy, and Labor is the victim of it.

READ MORE

Consumers buying more cars than ever (but not Australian)

In a robust display of consumer confidence, Australians bought more cars than ever before in June. It compliments the minutes of the July meeting of the Reserve Bank board, report Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

READ MORE

Essential: signs of life in the Labor remains? And Kony…

Labor appears to be recovering some ground on the economy, but it remains a distant second to the Coalition.

READ MORE

More bad polls for Labor

The Westpac/Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment is a fitting signal for what has been an unhappy year for the Federal Government.

READ MORE

Consumers open wallets wider, so why do we need to cut rates?

Can anyone explain why the Reserve Bank needs to cut interest rates, as quite a few economists, media writers and industry leaders say it will, either next month, or December?

READ MORE

Sure it’s tough out there in retail land, but don’t blame the government

Mark McInnes’ comments are as silly as they sound. Consumer caution is as much to do with the higher savings (back to normal levels) of Australians as any crisis of confidence caused by governments.

READ MORE

Confidence in Australian economy ebbs again

The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment fell by 3.5% in August from 92.8 in July to 89.6 in August.

READ MORE

Abbott’s scorched earth (and brilliant) carbon pitch

Consumer confidence data suggests Tony Abbott’s strategy of talking down the economy is working brilliantly.

READ MORE

Consumers less confident than bullish business

Australian consumers are less confident than business, the latest Westpac/Melbourne Institute survey of consumer sentiment shows. But is the lack of confidence due to interest rate rises?

READ MORE

Confidence returns after pregnant pause

It wasn’t such a shock that after successive rate rises from the Reserve Bank (followed by bank home-loan rate rises) and an awful lot of knee-jerk media reporting, that consumer confidence fell last month, writes Glenn Dyer.

READ MORE

American consumers give up, go home

The unhealthy position of the big market rally has been exposed for the high-wire act it is by a sharp fall in American consumer confidence, to 47.7 in October.

READ MORE

Consumer confidence surges to 28-month high

Are Australian consumers heading for a fall because they have become overly optimistic? Or are they now more resilient than they were in the first few months of the year?

READ MORE

DJ’s rich pickings from the PM’s cash splash

The naysayers who claim the Rudd government’s cash splash didn’t impact, need only consult the latest retail sector profit results.

READ MORE

The Future of Influence: welcome to the confetti economy

That word-of-mouth is powerful in marketing is nothing new, of course. It’s just a lot more word of mouthy these days, with the community more influential than its leaders.

READ MORE

Dyer index: economy a hotbed of contradiction

There are mixed messages coming out of the latest economy data figures, with information showing poor profits and weak wages growth but manufacturing profits on the rise.

READ MORE

Kevin Rudd’s ham-fisted stimulus fails

Technically, Australia may have avoided a recession. However, there is a very big difference between missing a recession and successful economic policy. PM Kevin Rudd’s stimulus package has proved foolhardy.

READ MORE
| ECONOMY|

Clothes maketh the retail industry

Clothing retailers have taken a battering this year, but niche segments — like online stores and men’s fashion — are growing and IBISWorld predict a growth rate of 2.9% for the industry.

READ MORE

US investors keep the blinkers on

For the third time in 10 days American markets and investors have received a reminder of the fragile state of the current recovery and market boom, writes Glenn Dyer.

READ MORE

Situation almost normal for economy

After a big slump, things are finally looking up for the the Australian economy with consumer confidence exploding and house prices rising.

READ MORE
The Sydney Morning Herald | ECONOMY|

Interest rates: what goes down must come back up

Interest rates are likely to rise, but not until business and consumer confidence are a little more stable, writes Ross Gittins.

READ MORE

Womens Agenda

loading...

Smart Company

loading...

StartupSmart

loading...

Property Observer

loading...