Topic archives: US economy

Trump Slump sets in as White House chaos unnerves investors

and March 29, 2018 3

Rather than a Trump Bump, sharemarkets are undergoing an extended slump in response to the chaos of the Trump administration as he pours deficit stimulus into an already strong economy.

Just how far did the US economy deteriorate in Trump’s first year?

March 28, 2018 3

Despite all the trumpeting to the contrary, the US economy slid last year into rockier territory than anyone expected, and it's not clear when — or if — it will reverse.

Trump’s company tax cut unleashes US buyback frenzy

February 23, 2018

As the evidence mounts that company tax cuts will flow almost exclusively to investors, some media outlets want to shoot the messenger.

Trump’s economy failing dismally to catch the global tailwinds

January 10, 2018 4

Trump's usual enthusiastic bellowing about economic progress under his administration belies the real danger of ignoring America's failure to keep step with the rest of the world.

US economy circling the drain

November 23, 2017 3

The US debt has shot up almost $65 billion in two weeks. These, and other numbers, are raising eyebrows among observers.

The US economy, like so much else in America, is doing poorly under Trump

October 4, 2017 3

Trump's economic shortbus trundles along, but just barely.

Trump’s economy: making America poor again

May 29, 2017 4

Early signs of the new president’s impact are mostly negative. Economics reporter Alan Austin reports.

Business bites: China’s bravura inflating … poor US credit rating … Apple shares deflating …

Business bites: China’s bravura inflating … poor US credit rating … Apple shares deflating …

March 16, 2015

China is talking up its options to arrest the economic slowdown -- but the optimism is hard to swallow. And other business tidbits of the day.

Business bites: Myer’s new CEO … petrol won’t say low … Buffett has a real go …

Business bites: Myer’s new CEO … petrol won’t say low … Buffett has a real go …

March 2, 2015 1

China's economy continues the slow march. And other business tidbits of the day.

US provides a glimpse of the future of student debt

US provides a glimpse of the future of student debt

February 19, 2015 5

Student loans are now the second biggest form of debt in the United States, and the worst-performing of all, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Business bites: Toll sold … Seek feels old … US rates hold …

Business bites: Toll sold … Seek feels old … US rates hold …

February 19, 2015

Japan Post's incorporation of Toll Holdings could be over sooner than you think. And other business tidbits of the day.

Business Bites: investor splurge … CBA’s surge … oil price dirge …

Business Bites: investor splurge … CBA’s surge … oil price dirge …

February 12, 2015

How much should banks be lending for investment properties? And other business tidbits of the day.

Business Bites: China slows … US grows … Abbott’s woes …

Business Bites: China slows … US grows … Abbott’s woes …

February 9, 2015 1

China's economy slumps in line with falling commodity prices. And other business tidbits of the day.

Hockey’s RBA handout is looking sillier and sillier

Hockey’s RBA handout is looking sillier and sillier

January 31, 2014 9

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.

In the game of chicken, we have a winner

In the game of chicken, we have a winner

October 18, 2013 10

Conceding "there are no winners" in the debt ceiling standoff was just modesty from US President Barack Obama. The Republicans lost this one. Big time.

Crikey Clarifier: what would happen if the US defaults?

Crikey Clarifier: what would happen if the US defaults?

October 11, 2013 11

US Republicans have edged a little closer to a deal with Barack Obama on the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. But what if that can't meet the deadline? Crikey looks at the consequences.

US shutdown politics Cruzing to a Boehner

US shutdown politics Cruzing to a Boehner

October 1, 2013 21

Pundits are taking the looming US shutdown as evidence of right-wing bubble thinking. Maybe, or maybe it's a hard-right strategy to complete a final takeover of the Republican Party.

Fed chief form guide: who will replace Ben Bernanke?

Fed chief form guide: who will replace Ben Bernanke?

September 18, 2013 1

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?

Remember, the US Fed’s windback is not irreversible

Remember, the US Fed’s windback is not irreversible

September 16, 2013

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.

Bernanke’s caution and patience saving the US economy

Bernanke’s caution and patience saving the US economy

July 12, 2013 7

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.