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Mayne: DUET Group shows how not to treat retail investors

Sydney-based utilities company DUET Group have consistently shafted retail investors while raising millions in capital after the GFC.

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The next subprime mortgage crisis in the making

We’re not as immune from the mortgage lending laws that triggered the Global Financial Crisis as we might think.

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Follow Friday: @PabGallego on the future of the Left in Spain and Europe

The GFC hit Spain hard, and the recovery from it has spurred a resurgence of the Left, says Spanish activist Pablo Gallego Garcia.

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APRA chief John Laker leaves, with questions in his wake

John Laker leaves APRA — and his long reign is heralded by some as a success. But don’t forget the role of APRA in allowing a problematic foreign-borrowing before the GFC …

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An alternative — but more accurate — economic history from the ABS

The ABS’s revisions to previous GDP numbers show how dramatic the impact of the financial crisis was on the Australian economy, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Will the TPP feed consumers to the wolves of Wall Street?

Two new trade deals threaten financial protections for consumers, writes ANU College of Law associate professor Dr Matthew Rimmer. The wolves are still at the door of Wall Street.

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Razer’s class warfare: it’s the economy, stupid (or why Scorsese is a girl’s blouse)

When did we decide that economics and a real class struggle were too hard and we could just get by with our feely feely feelings?

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Saville’s Shout: library goes open-access … wise words from GFC …

The British Library is releasing more than a million images from its works — and anyone can use or repurpose them. But how do you know what the images show? That’s the next step …

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The Rudd years: highs and lows

He was prime minister twice, and rarely off the front pages since 2007. Crikey runs through Kevin Rudd’s successes and failures. You be the judge of his performance …

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Stock markets might be booming in the USA but the great recession lingers on when measured by unemployment.

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Growth turns towards the fast lane

If recent momentum in business confidence is sustained — and it might be — global GDP growth in 2014 could reach a pace not seen since before the global financial meltdown.

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Deutschland Decides in austerity test for Angela Merkel

Germans are heading to the polls this weekend in what could be a very close contest. It’s about Merkel, austerity, and Europe.

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Labor cover-up to hide successful economic management

The Labor government handled the economy with aplomb, avoiding the trap of the GFC. But economist and University of Queensland academic John Quiggin says the party did a good job of hiding it.

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Did we waste the mining boom? Let’s really test the argument

The evidence that we wasted the mining boom is actually unclear: we just don’t notice how we used the vast flow of revenue. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane examine the claims.

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Swan’s final report card: a treasurer whose triumph was invisible

Wayne Swan is donning his hoodie and heading for the exit. So how did he rate as treasurer? Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer argue, despite his inability to communicate, he was a success.

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What GFC? The economic nuttiness of Andrew Robb

Andrew Robb seems to forget about the GFC, misunderstands government debt and has a grasp of economics akin to that of The Tele. So why is he a Coalition frontbencher?

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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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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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Glowing Coe obits whitewash his shady business record

From all reports David Coe was a generous man, loved by friends and family, who died too young. But that doesn’t change the fact he presided (and personally benefited) from a massive corporate collapse.

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Christopher Pyne and the dangerous fantasy of surplus

The fantasy of surpluses peddled by the Coalition becomes dangerous when it substitutes for actual thinking about the economy.

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Young Italians wrestle a job market that favours old, unfireable

The jobless rate for young Italians is now 35%. Some are starting companies, some swallowing their pride and taking jobs they hate — and some are turning to suicide, writes Josephine McKenna from Rome.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Peter, Paul and nary a bad move

Thanks to Keating and Costello … Gillard on the bland side … The International Monetary Fund … A closer look at deep space …

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Bankers mending their ways? No, they’ve gone wild

It’s now five years since the early warning signs of what would develop into the global financial crisis first started to show, and extraordinarily, there’s little evidence that bankers have mended their ways.

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But wait, there’s more — criminal probe widens in Libor’s wake

As criminal probes into the Libor rate-rigging scandal multiply, bankers are becoming increasingly worried that they might finally be held to account for their role in the global financial crisis.

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Bartholomeusz: Australia’s mass equities exodus

The latest Reserve Bank bulletin helps provide a better understanding of the extent of the financial crisis-inspired changes to the risk-appetites of households.

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