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Why is the RBA being given $9 billion of your money?

Other than a few vague statements, Treasurer Joe Hockey has not told us why the RBA needs billions in taxpayer funds. Crikey writers Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer are on the case.

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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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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Kevin Rudd is hitting the campaign trail much harder than his Liberal rival, with Tony Abbott scarcely to be seen in a hardhat. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Media briefs: Joye disclosure … cartoon facts … dolphin pitch …

Do you know what YBR Funds Management is? The Australian Financial Financial Review management does, as does Fin columnist Christopher Joye …

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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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RBA guns the economic engines as govt applies the brakes

Yesterday’s surprise rate cut is designed to address both the strong dollar and a domestic economy struggling as governments slash spending, say Crikey writers 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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An uneven Anglosphere: US, Aus doing OK but Brits in trouble

The US Federal Reserve and the Reserve Bank of Australia are both expecting solid economic growth over the next year or so. But it’s a different matter entirely in the UK, which is a basket case.

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Reserve Bank hacking raises questions — and false alarm

Some malicious hackers — potentially from China — hacked the RBA in 2011. But is it really the international online security threat everyone is claiming?

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Is another dollar-induced, Italian-inspired rate cut coming?

The Reserve Bank has flagged that there may be further interest rate cuts in response to the strong dollar. In the strongest possible terms, report Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Crikey says: having a punt on a media stunt

It’s the race that stops … oh, spare us. We’re more interested in the US race (Rundle, Richardson and Poll Bludger report). Chris Mitchell — the country’s most powerful journo? — tells us he’ll quit The Australian. And inside St John’s — it’s more rowdy than our Cup sweep.

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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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Beware the agendas of those calling for banking inquiry

Calls for a banking industry inquiry should be vetted for agendas. And the fixes aren’t as simple as some think, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Europe’s perfect storm

It’s beginning to look a lot like a rate cut …

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Labor banks on the Reserve Bank

Labor is clearly relying on the Reserve Bank to be its political saviour.

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A tale of two banks: RBA and Fed in state of confusion

The Reserve Bank of Australia and the US Federal Reserve are both exhibiting a clear sense of not being convinced about what is happening in the respective economies that oversee.

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Swan’s near perfect application of economic policy

Swan’s very clear message to the RBA is that it can easily cut interest rates knowing that government demand will be dampening demand and inflation pressures over the forecast horizon, writes economist Stephen Koukoulas.

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Households paying mortgages faster doesn’t mean they’re feeling the pinch

The Reserve Bank says there is a continued pattern of many households choosing to repay their mortgages more quickly than required.

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Bank bashing: forget mortage holders, what about savers, renters and biz?

All this talk ignores the fact that many bank customers are hooked into banks for savings products and at the moment are getting a “good deal” from their term deposits which carry rates above where they should be

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Kohler: trouble in a carry trade paradise

Keynesian purists are all clutching their foreheads, but actually it’s pretty fabulous that Australia’s politicians are competing with each other to promise budget surpluses.

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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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IMF paper positive about Australian banking system

What is disappointing about the reporting of the IMF working paper is the absence of any critical view.

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Why the RBA should hold fire on rates

The local and international economies aren’t as bad as many claim, and the RBA should hold off on cutting rates.

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Bartholomeusz: banks rattle the rates cage

Having had a week to think about ANZ’s bold move to distance itself from future Reserve Bank rate decisions, two of its peers have passed up the opportunity provided by their AGMs this week to announce they would emulate it.

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Banks make huge savings thanks to cheaper local deposits

With the surge in domestic savings (running at 10%) and low demand for loans, banks have been able to build substantial deposit cushions, allowing further cuts in offshore borrowing.

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