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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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Don’t be too sure ‘rate cut looms’ off the back of today’s CPI

While inflation overall is flat, there are a couple of signs the RBA won’t be sufficiently satisfied to go for one more rate cut. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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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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Household debt and the cost of living

Crikey readers have their say.

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Deflating the myth of cost of living pressures

What CPI result would shift politicians from their insistence about “cost-of-living pressures”? Inflation data shows big rises in government-controlled costs have been offset by flat or falling prices elsewhere.

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Inflation is flat — but rate cut doesn’t ‘loom’ …

Another good inflation result won’t mean much to the Reserve Bank when it next meets, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Do inflation numbers point to a half full glass?

Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens might think that the economic glass is now a shade better than half full.

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Conroy’s common sense

Some sensible talk from Communications Minister Stephen Conroy in the wake of the weekend’s Melbourne state byelection.

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The government need not have bothered

All that effort made by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan to talk the Reserve Bank board into lowering official interest rates was not necessary.

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Plibersek would win a face-off against Gillard

According to the political scientist Shawn W. Rosenberg of the University of California, Irvine, in the face and theTanya Plibersek visage seems to me to tick all the professor’s right boxes.

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Flat inflation — cue the ‘rate cut looms’ headline

A flat inflation result for the December quarter opens the way for a rate cut, yes, but watch Greece …

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Oz inflation safely in the range

The Reserve Bank has been reading things right when it comes to inflation.

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Inflation: ‘skyrocketing’ versus ‘softening’ — you be the judge

Life’s hard for an Opposition when a government gets good economic news.

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Inflation down — but does it mean a rate cut?

Inflationary pressures are easing again — but it’s the European crisis that will occupy the RBA board next week, not domestic issues, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Save the gloom for offshore: our economy is performing well

There’s plenty of bad economic news offshore but the Australian economy remains well-placed, whatever commentators might say, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Some words of wisdom from a retiring President

At question time in the House of Representatives yesterday there was something of a novelty.

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A Green welcome for Labor refugees

The Greens should be preparing to receive the next lot of refugees from Labor.

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National accounts numbers have us right where the RBA wants

After talk of a recession, the Australian economy grew in the last quarter of 2010, but with no signs of inflation.

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Yes, floods and Yasi will push up the price of some foods

Sometimes you wonder if some journalists read very much, especially the speeches and reports issued by the Reserve Bank.

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Strong dollar, shy consumers = inflation on the downside

Thanks to the strong dollar and shy consumers, plus the growing price war between Coles and Woolies, Australian inflation surprised on the downside in the December quarter.

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Kohler: two revolutions in one

Not much more than two years from one of the greatest financial panics in history, sentiment is now as bullish as it has ever been. The global economy grew 4% last year and is likely to do something similar this year.

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For policy makers, inflation vs deflation is a choice between two evils

Possibly the most important economic question to emanate out of the global financial crisis is the choice between two evils. While quantitative easing may seem like the lesser of available evils, in reality, it may be the most evil path of all.

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If you’re finding it tough to make ends meet, it’s not because of inflation

Yesterday’s CPI figures showed what an extraordinary load of rubbish this “cost of living” campaign focus is from both sides.

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Are interest rates on the rise again?

The Reserve Bank will lift rates at its August 3 meeting if inflation shows signs of getting out of hand when the consumer price inflation figures are published on July 28. That, however, is not saying that the bank will lift rates.

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Labor in trouble? Balderdash and bunkum

Labor will end up winning the mining tax battle and with it the election war too. And no inflationary signs yet, the power of a smooth American accent and other political news.

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