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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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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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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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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The union bosses are back in charge of the Labor Party, to no one’s surprise. And why is jam and the traditional British breakfast under threat?

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Fed chief form guide: who will replace Ben Bernanke?

It’s perhaps the most important economic post in the world. But with a leading contender in the wings, why is Barack Obama delaying a decision on who’ll replace Ben Bernanke?

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Remember, the US Fed’s windback is not irreversible

With the first step in the Fed’s tightening process likely by the end of the week, markets can take comfort in the fact that policy will revert at the first sign of any shock.

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The Iconic founder, Gerard Henderson respond

Crikey readers are cross with Crikey about the Fed, productivity and The Iconic.

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Bernanke’s caution and patience saving the US economy

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is not making the same mistakes policy-makers made during the 1930s Great Depression, writes Business Spectator commentator Stephen Koukoulas.

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Morning Market Report

The ASX 200 is up 52. ASX 200 Futures were up 5 this morning. The Dow Jones finished down 9 but is expected to jump tonight after the speech by US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke this morning. The Dow was up 49 at best and down 41 at worst. The Dow Futures were up […]

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Memo to the RBA: consider this before cutting rates

While we’re assuming there’ll be further interest rate cuts, the big banks have a more optimistic view of how the economy is travelling. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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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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Why we should be cheering on the US Federal Reserve

With momentum against further quantitative easing building, the dollar’s long run above parity might finally be near an end, with some nudging.

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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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US economy contracts but it’s not all bad news

A new report on the US economy’s gross domestic product shows the economy has contracted by 0.1%. But there’s no need for investors to worry yet.

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The RBA must act on the dollar

The Reserve Bank has no choice but to join the currency debasement contest that’s now going on around the world, and to cut rates by another 1% in the coming 12 months.

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US housing horror slips into history

The US economy does seem poised for a robust recovery — and that growth could even be strong in 2013, writes Stephen Koukoulas of Business Spectator.

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Kohler: the world has gone short

Ailing economies can stimulate and deregulate all they like, but unless they can attract capital investment it will be in vain. And capital won’t take long-term bets while deflation looms so large.

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A new twist in the tale: winners and losers of QE3

So who wins when new quantitative easing kicks in? And what will be the effect upon markets? David Llewellyn-Smith of Macro Investor reports.

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In the US, 46m live on food stamps. Something is not right.

The outlook for the US economy is for more years of low, slow growth, and there’s nothing the Fed can do short of giving millions of Americans a free gift of money every month for a couple of years and urging them to spend, not save.

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‘The euro is irreversible’: markets tank on promise not kept

There were no refills of the punchbowl from the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and then, last night our time, the European Central Bank.

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Market fear levels jump as euro, commodities tumble

It’s no longer the pain in Spain after events on financial markets overnight.

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China, Europe and US reinforce strength of Oz economy

If we ever needed confirmation of just how strong the outlook for the Australian economy is, we had it last night.

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Worldwide jitters as US could become the new eurozone

America has the capacity to provide the biggest negative shock to the world economy in the next year if things go badly.

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A nation stuck on food stamps: three big hits to US economy

No wonder America is having trouble escaping the clutches of the subprime crisis, the GFC and recession it triggered. A study from the Federal Reserve reveals three big hits.

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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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