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The RBA gives Joe his first repayment — and he desperately needs it

The RBA’s annual report reveals a big dividend for Joe Hockey — and he badly needs it, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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What crisis? How the ‘purveyors of crisis porn’ pervert our economy

There’s no economic crisis, despite what the doomsters insist. Instead, we have a series of eminently soluble problems, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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RBA does the vision thing better than politicians or business

The Reserve Bank’s most senior officials yesterday made a more coherent case for the Australian economy than any we’ve heard from politicians recently.

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Evidence suggests an economy tracking below trend

Data this week shows the economy has slowed in the June quarter, maybe significantly, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Securency superinjunction another twist in a long-running scandal

The Securency case that prompted the now-notorious Department of Foreign Affairs injunction has been going for years and shows no signs of ending soon.

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Three major speeches offer contrasting economic approaches

Three major speeches from our key economic officials this week offer quite different takes on the task of economic management, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Economy coming off the boil as Stevens sets things straight for the markets

The economy is losing steam in the second quarter of the year, and the budget didn’t help. But RBA governor Glenn Stevens says interest rates will be steady for a long time to come, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Media briefs: Leys to ABC … REA profits … Time for cuts …

News Corp’s REA Group is thriving, plus other media tidbits.

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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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RBA draws its big gun to bring down the dollar

The Reserve Bank has begun to talk about currency intervention, which would lower the dollar. But it’s something of a hail Mary, since it can only be used once or twice. Is the RBA gearing up to bring out the big guns?

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Glenn Stevens (kind of) weighs in on Hockey’s Handout

The RBA’s Glenn Stevens has discussed Joe Hockey’s Reserve Fund handout, but his words were allusive. Crikey’s Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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RBA decision sets the economic parameters of campaign

If the RBA cuts rates today, it will reflect how little support the government has provided the economy via the budget — a situation that’s not about to change, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Boxing at shadows? China banks may be a threat to our economy

RBA Governor Glenn Stevens has some concerns about China’s “shadow banking” system. He poses questions about the role of non-bank entities in the Middle Kingdom.

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Three more years for Stevens at the RBA makes sense

After 22 years without a recession, Glenn Stevens deserves his new three-year RBA term. It’s been a good run, says MacroBusinessDavid Llewellyn-Smith, but his greatest test might be to come.

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Barring catastrophe, RBA will not cut rates further

If the Reserve Bank cuts its key cash rate from now on, you will know something terrible has happened offshore or something has gone bad very quickly in the local economy

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Why Australia’s house prices are anything but sensible

Beware those “experts” telling you there’s no housing bubble in Australia. There are similarities between the housing situation here and that of the US prior to the market’s collapse, argues researcher Philip Soos.

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RBA targets ‘spillover’ from central banks for strong dollar

The Reserve Bank has identified “spillover” from quantitative easing as a key concern as the Australian dollar climbs higher. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report on the danger.

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The A$ winner’s curse: welcome to the economy’s new normal

Welcome to the new normal: where the Aussie dollar is high, interest rates are low and Australia seems like the safest investment going around (even if Joe Hockey tried to terrify investors).

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Business confidence takes a punch to the face

The latest NAB business confidence survey shows business conditions have fallen to their weakest level in three years, driven down by declines in employment, profitability and trading conditions.

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RBA’s focus shifts to the long term … and stimulus

The RBA is now focused on stimulating the economy as the mining investments boom fades over the next two years. Crikey cuts through the commentary for the real clues.

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The stings in the Reserve Bank’s rates decision

The rate cut is welcome news for consumers and businesses, but the question is: what comes next? There’s a few clues from the RBA …

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Koukoulas: why the RBA should cut rates today

All the economic indicators, bar one, are pointing to a weakening in the economy. The Reserve Bank should not wait to cut rates, writes Stephen Koukoulas of Business Spectator.

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Mining bust? Seven questions for the RBA

The note printing scandal will likely dominate tomorrow’s meetings between politicians and Reserve Bank chief Glenn Stevens. There are far more important issues to debate, says Stephen Koukoulas of Business Spectator.

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Waiting for the safety bubble to pop

The end of 30 years of living high on debt is nigh. Unfortunately, when everyone has run for the exits there is nowhere left to hide.

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Joye: watch economists run from rate cut calls

An August rate cut was always going to be improbable, barring a rogue core inflation number, writes Christopher Joye of Property Observer

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