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Growing confidence and falling personal debt could provide strong platform for recovery

Australians appear surprisingly upbeat about the economy and are willing to make long-term commitments, potentially providing a good platform for recovery.

Consumers go to the mattresses: household cash hoarding surges

Consumers are resorting to an old-fashioned form of economic protection — hoarding cash in the event the worst happens.

Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

More stimulus may be needed to bolster confidence — and we have the capacity to fund it

The Reserve Bank has signalled that consumer and business confidence will be a key uncertainty in the recovery -- but Treasury thinks we have the capacity for more fiscal stimulus if needed.

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Government ducks the real question: what to do about the snapback to stagnation?

The government is refusing to talk about the economy beyond the end of June — because it would raise the question of how it plans to address persistent high unemployment.

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Do people save more money if they work from home?

How much money can you save while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, and how do you calculate your total yearly savings?

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NSW consumers continue to hunker down as retail flounders

What is wrong in NSW? Consumers in our biggest state are refusing to open their wallets, with retail sales still below the levels of early this year.

Trump’s economy: making America poor again

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

The business community is oddly silent as the government goes about killing investment and jobs as part of its ideological hatred of renewable energy.

The strange silence of the business community on the gutting of the RET

The business community is oddly silent as the government goes about killing investment and jobs as part of its ideological hatred of renewable energy.

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

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.

Consumer sentiment might be down, but that won't necessarily translate into economic gloom -- especially given today's jobs numbers, write <b>Bernard Keane</b> and <b>Glenn Dyer</b>.

‘Consumer sentiment’: they say one thing and do another

Consumer sentiment might be down, but that won't necessarily translate into economic gloom -- especially given today's jobs numbers, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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