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Iron ore miners, beware: China is not going to keep buying our resources

China’s economy is slowing, and its housing market is in the toilet. While Treasury forecasts suggest everything is fine, underneath the surface the cracks are beginning to show.

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Don’t look now, but the price of iron ore is rising

The sky is falling and iron ore prices are crashing, right? Not exactly …

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Guinea, Gina and the giant gifts enjoyed by miners

While Gina Rinehart demands that governments get off the back of the beleaguered mining industry, it is enjoying massive subsidies from state governments.

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Who is John Galt?

Crikey readers have their say on submarines, the real threat of Islamic State and the selflessness of mining companies.

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Why manufacturing navy submarines overseas is the wrong move

Crikey readers have their say on military procurement, mining companies and other issues of the day.

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BHP, Rio Tinto deliberately sinking the price of iron ore

It’s not greedy unionists or meddling governments that have caused a slump in iron ore prices — the smoking gun is in the hands of Rio, BHP, Fortescue and Vale.

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Where did it go so wrong for NT miner Western Desert?

Western Desert is the latest victim of the iron ore crash, sure, but is there more at play?

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Iron ore prices are down, down — and it’s going to get a lot worse

The Chinese building boom was unprecedented in scope and swiftness. The bad news? The bust will be of the same magnitude.

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Rio throws down the gauntlet on iron ore

Rio Tinto is reporting spectacular profits, and it has no plans to slow down production of iron ore, even though prices are falling.

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China ‘recovery’ more a dead cat bounce

The one sector that is not seeing growth is the one most important to Australian mining: housing in China.

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The oncoming storm that will smash the mining boom in the Pilbara

A confluence of three factors are converging on the Pilbara’s iron ore mines. The result will be a once-per-century economic cyclone, and miners better batten down the hatches.

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Coalition’s economic hopes rest on China’s steel mills

The long-term success of the budget will depend heavily on the appetite of Chinese steel mills for our iron ore, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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The five waves that could wipe out the Australian economy this year

The waves washing over the Australian economy won’t wipe us out in themselves. But the convergence of them this year could flood attempts to refloat the economy.

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Iron ore drags down terms of trade for gloomier economic outlook

The outlook for Australia’s iron ore producers is dour. That drags down our terms of trade, and suggests Joe Hockey’s gloomy economic forecasts can be believed.

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The rebalancing act: why iron ore is giving Hockey headaches

Joe Hockey may have to go back to the numbers on iron ore. The decline in prices is accelerating, making his assumptions on returns out of whack.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The Financial Times has drawn attention to the way that iron ore prices this week have bucked the downward trend in commodity prices as measured in $US.

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Connecting the dots: why iron ore prices could make life difficult for Tony and Joe

Changes in the way iron ore prices are set have implications for our terms of trade — and perhaps for a new government after September.

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Australia, Rio Tinto joined at the broken hip of iron ore

Rio Tinto is over-exposed to iron ore prices that have collapsed over the last 12 months — just like the Australian economy. David Llewellyn-Smith of MacroBusiness wonders if there’s any way out.

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Takeover gone bad: how Tom, Rio got in over their heads

There was a US$14 billion bounty on Tom Albanese after Rio Tinto was forced to writedown the value in its operations. The CEO and his board stand condemned for getting in over their heads.

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The $17b iron ore slump that lined Chinese pockets

The slump in iron ore prices boosted the Chinese economy — but robbed Australian exporters like BHP and Rio Tinto of significant revenue in 2012. But the tables are turning.

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If we ride on the back of iron ore, the recovery signs are good

Iron ore prices have staged a remarkable comeback, boosted by a stronger Chinese economy and favourable weather conditions. It could deliver a bigger windfall to Australia than anyone thought.

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All Australia wants for Christmas is stronger iron ore prices

Iron ore prices — key to Australia’s economic recovery — hit a six-month high last week. But the days of 10% growth in China are over, as the country ramps up its own mining operations. Are the salad days of iron ore prices over?

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Rinehart’s lessons for small business: just earn more money

Gina Rinehart has put out a new book, with much fanfare. While there are still no copies of the book in sight, we’ve sifted through her speech launching the book to discover seven gems from Gina.

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Gina Rinehart $9b lighter after a bad bet on iron ore

Gina Rinehart’s value might need readjusting when they compile the next Rich List. The fall in the iron ore spot price will be causing her significant headaches.

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Olympic Dam the warning of an Asian slowdown

Slowing Asian economic growth mean more projects than Olympic Dam are likely to be put on hold, writes Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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