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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of the Reserve Bank of Australia. Crikey’s Reserve Bank of Australia coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


Can we have financial reform when banks are too big to regulate?

The demonstration of bank power on the FOFA repeal illustrates the challenge of effectively regulating a sector that is beginning to dominate the Australian economy, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Three major speeches offer contrasting economic approaches

Three major speeches from our key economic officials this week offer quite different takes on the task of economic management, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Economy coming off the boil as Stevens sets things straight for the markets

The economy is losing steam in the second quarter of the year, and the budget didn’t help. But RBA governor Glenn Stevens says interest rates will be steady for a long time to come, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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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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Consumer sentiment might become the government’s real budget crisis

Consumer sentiment has responded negatively to the budget, but it remains to be seen if that translate into real economic consequences, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Is the Coalition up for the challenge of our future workforce needs?

A key long-term economic challenge is not merely identifying whether the workers of tomorrow will come from, but what skills they will need, and how to measure them, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Riders on the storm

Crikey readers talk the deficit levy, giving $9 billion to the RBA, the racist undertones of Anzac Day and how we should weather the weather.

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Australia is swaggering, unarmed, in the global currency war

The Australian dollar isn’t losing against commodity competitors but manufacturing and service economies. So how long will it last and can anything be done about it?

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Hockey sings the 94 US cent budget blues — and wants the RBA to join in

If Joe Hockey is unhappy enough about the strong dollar to compromise the independence of the Reserve Bank, he should try being Treasurer when it’s above parity, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Heartbleed, schmeartbleed

Crikey readers talk unemployment, a fair trial, and whether the Heartbleed security problem is all it’s cracked up to be.

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APRA, Treasury remain unenthused about the Murray financial inquiry

The financial services regulator APRA is unenthusiastic about the financial services inquiry, but has used it to complain about its resourcing.

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RBA unlikely to be popular at David Murray’s financial inquiry

The RBA’s views on a range of issues are unlikely to be welcome at David Murray’s financial services inquiry. But they’re backed by a key super sector, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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The new challenges facing the RBA (and why Stevens’ legacy is at risk)

When historians look back on this period of Australian economic history, how will they judge Glenn Stevens and the RBA in the post-GFC years?

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How US bonds are putting a rocket under the Australian dollar

If the Reserve Bank is relying on a recovery in the United States economy and a hawkish Federal Reserve to bring down the Aussie dollar, it might be waiting a while.

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RBA relaxed about the dollar and investment

This month’s minutes from the RBA board meeting show the bank is more relaxed about the dollar than it used to be, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Wages non-growth and austerity potential traps for the economy

Weak wage growth and soft public demand could yet leave us stranded as we look for new sources of economic growth, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Media briefs: Leys to ABC … REA profits … Time for cuts …

News Corp’s REA Group is thriving, plus other media tidbits.

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Hockey’s RBA handout is looking sillier and sillier

The RBA’s reserve fund has had a big boost from the falling Aussie dollar and a more settled US economy.Joe Hockey’s ill-conceived $8.8 billion handout is looking sillier by the day, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Retailers, enjoy the boom while it lasts — the crash is coming

The recent surge in retail sales makes the outlook brighter for employment, but don’t be surprised if it’s just a temporary spike. Spending growth could slow as households become more cautious.

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Abbott confused on A$ — and that gift to the RBA

Tony Abbott’s bizarre linkage of the government’s $9 billion handout to the Reserve Bank to the Australian dollar raises questions about a deal between the government the independent RBA, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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RBA draws its big gun to bring down the dollar

The Reserve Bank has begun to talk about currency intervention, which would lower the dollar. But it’s something of a hail Mary, since it can only be used once or twice. Is the RBA gearing up to bring out the big guns?

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It’s the transition, stupid — keeping property in context

Don’t blithely assume that the whole of Australia has a property bubble, write Crikey’s Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane. Glenn Stevens has different ideas.

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The price of too-big-to-fail set to weigh bank shares

The cost of being too big to fail for our big banks is now being made explicit as regulators move ahead of the financial system inquiry, Crikey writers Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane investigate.

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Glenn Stevens (kind of) weighs in on Hockey’s Handout

The RBA’s Glenn Stevens has discussed Joe Hockey’s Reserve Fund handout, but his words were allusive. Crikey’s Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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Question for Hockey: Treasury said no need for big RBA cash gift

There was no imperative to give the Reserve Bank a capital injection, Treasury told Wayne Swan in April, in advice that discredits Joe Hockey’s recent $9 billion handout to the RBA.

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