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RBA will hold fire today as economy chugs along

The economy continues to underperform, though not as badly as the figures might suggest, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Ignore today’s rates decision, the action is elsewhere

Forget interest rates — other areas of the Australian economy are more interesting.

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Magic dust of confidence and reading the RBA tea leaves

What were in the Reserve Bank tea leaves yesterday? Not great news for a new government, with worries particularly for the banking sector. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Unemployment hits 15-year high — and about Abbott’s sharemarket surge …

Unemployment is on the way up, write Crikey writers Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane, but the good news for the new PM is his election has triggered a miracle sharemarket surge the world over.

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Double data shot may shake and stir

GDP figures next week will make an impression on voters, as would any surprise from the Reserve Bank. But which way are the data most likely to sway? Stephen Koukoulas of Business Spectator writes.

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Crikey Calling: rates and taxes fall, but will that win over voters?

The first week of the election campaign brought a cut in interest rates, a pledge to cut the corporate tax rate and a surprise political comeback. Crikey’s Bernard Keane and Cathy Alexander discuss how to woo the modern voter.

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Hang on, we got it wrong: ABS revises up a tepid economy

Mea culpa: the ABS has dramatically revised its take on the level of housing construction, signalling the economy is stronger than believed. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Labor could actually benefit from today’s rise in unemployment. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Essential: leadership the problem as Labor flatlines

Voter disenchantment with Labor now focuses on the leadership issue, despite the government’s attempts to focus on education and disability.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits for Friday

Think companies have workers’ best interests at heart? Think again — without unions, corporate profits have soared as workers’ share plummeted. Plus other political snippets of the day.

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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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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Adelaide punters are jealous of all the western Sydney love, plus other political issues of the day.

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Reserve Bank will sit on its hands as economy chugs along

According to the tone of two speeches by RBA officials today, the central bank is happy to keep the cash rate at 3% for the foreseeable future.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Steady as they go. The markets expect the Reserve Bank to keep interest rates where they are at its board meeting next Tuesday. The Crikey Interest Rate Indicator this morning showed: Time travelling PM. Silly old me. I’m still an Oxford English dictionary man. I thought the PM’s Public Schedule would be a list of […]

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US interest rates likely to rise this year; a godsend for Australia

The days of quantitative easing in the US are rapidly approaching their end date, which is good news for the Aussie dollar.

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Crikey Calling #3: interest rates fall, political debate plummets

In this week’s Crikey Calling, Jason Whittaker and Bernard Keane discuss the political debate over interest rates and what it means for the economy, as well as the latest state of the public service report.

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The RBA’s Chinese dilemma: Asian comeback clouds the picture

The RBA is likely to cut today, but the return of China to strong growth makes it a more finely-balanced decision than many claim. Crikey’s Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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The RBA versus the new normal of uncertainty

The Reserve Bank is trying to make monetary policy in a difficult period of uncertainty both domestically and globally. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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‘Aussie’ attacks Reserve for not making him more money

The RBA makes decisions for all of us, not just hypocritical lending sharks. “Aussie” John Symond should bear that in mind when discussing interest rates.

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You can’t cost your way to growth, David Murray

David Murray is given space to rehearse his warnings about succumbing to Europe’s disease. But he can’t point to facts, argue Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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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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Rate cut unlikely in October

The usual suspects are on the “Reserve Bank to cut official interest rates” bandwagon again but the market overall is not so sure.

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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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Governing into the never never

In theory what one government legislates today a future government can repeal some time in the future.

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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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