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Is it a wise investment to use a $14,000 or $21,000 gift from the government to buy a property that many foirst home buyers probably can’t afford, wonders <b>Adam Schwab</b>.

20-somethings could regret using the homebuyers’ grant

Is it a wise investment to use a $14,000 or $21,000 gift from the government to buy a property that many foirst home buyers probably can’t afford, wonders Adam Schwab.

ANZ’s new logo might ostensibly be a symbol of a new direction into Asia, but inadvertently it also represents the esoteric and New Age wanderings of its former CEO, writes <b>Michael Feller</b>.

ANZ’s magical mystical logo

ANZ’s new logo might ostensibly be a symbol of a new direction into Asia, but inadvertently it also represents the esoteric and New Age wanderings of its former CEO, writes Michael Feller.

At Green Invest this week, it wasn't those "last hired" staff at the bottom of the food chain who were let go, but instead highly paid, long serving board members, writes <b>Garth Lamb</b>.

CleanTech: Green Invest cuts costs from the top

At Green Invest this week, it wasn't those "last hired" staff at the bottom of the food chain who were let go, but instead highly paid, long serving board members, writes Garth Lamb.

More signs of the slowdown continuing to grip the Australian economy, with another 4% fall in the value of imports in February, writes <b>Glenn Dyer</b>.

Slowdown continues to grip Oz economy

More signs of the slowdown continuing to grip the Australian economy, with another 4% fall in the value of imports in February, writes Glenn Dyer.

In 45 minutes this morning US shares jumped, market interest rates plunged, the US dollar fell out of bed, the Aussie currency jumped sharply, gold soared, copper bounced and oil picked up, writes <b>Glenn Dyer</b>.

The GFC’s most dramatic moment

In 45 minutes this morning US shares jumped, market interest rates plunged, the US dollar fell out of bed, the Aussie currency jumped sharply, gold soared, copper bounced and oil picked up, writes Glenn Dyer.

Australians are being very poorly served by their politicians at present. They are consumed by combat and we are being spiflicated by spin, writes <b>Alan Kohler</b>.

Kohler: rich payouts and poor politics

Australians are being very poorly served by their politicians at present. They are consumed by combat and we are being spiflicated by spin, writes Alan Kohler.

The Federal Treasurer yesterday announced long-awaited reforms aimed at curbing excessive "golden handshakes", writes <b>Adam Schwab</b>.

Curbing golden handshakes: nothing succeeds like failure

The Federal Treasurer yesterday announced long-awaited reforms aimed at curbing excessive "golden handshakes", writes Adam Schwab.

For all their apparent complexity, the world's most powerful economic models had no concept of the very human emotions of fear and mistrust, writes <b>Sean Stephens</b>.

GFC: real world economics

For all their apparent complexity, the world's most powerful economic models had no concept of the very human emotions of fear and mistrust, writes Sean Stephens.

It is a bizarre state of affairs where the person making most sense about executive excess is a convicted corporate criminal who was involved in the collapse of one of Australia’s largest insurers, writes <b>Adam Schwab</b>.

Strange days when Rodney Adler starts making sense

It is a bizarre state of affairs where the person making most sense about executive excess is a convicted corporate criminal who was involved in the collapse of one of Australia’s largest insurers, writes Adam Schwab.

It appears that the Federal Government has not headed the lessons of the US sub-prime debacle, which saw government intervention distort lending practices, writes <b>Adam Schwab</b>.

Grants distort lending in the housing market

It appears that the Federal Government has not headed the lessons of the US sub-prime debacle, which saw government intervention distort lending practices, writes Adam Schwab.

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