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Vital Signs: The calm before the storm in US-China trade

By Richard Holden  April 20, 2018

It's not all that often that the semi-annual report, 'US Treasury Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States', is a hotly anticipated document.

Vital Signs: World economy can benefit from a vindicated Trump

By Richard Holden  April 13, 2018

Nobody understands why, with unemployment so low and the economy growing at a reasonable clip, inflation remains so low

The many ways Australia isn’t as pro-trade as we claim

By Gabriele Gratton  April 11, 2018

The government should stop flirting with Trump’s new anti-trade wave, and not be content with being excluded from Trump’s steel and aluminium tariffs

Can Australia avoid Europe’s populist fate?

By Gabriele Gratton & Richard Holden  April 09, 2018

With the mining boom over, Australia is no longer immune from the tectonic economic forces that have shattered European democracy

Vital Signs: Australia’s stubborn growth problems move at geologic pace

By Richard Holden  April 06, 2018

On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia left official interest rates unchanged at 1.50% for the 18th consecutive meeting, tying their all-time record.

Australia is one of the world’s best places to retire, or is it?

By Rafal Chomik and David Rodgers  April 03, 2018

Australia is ranked in the top third of countries in almost all indices measuring the best countries to retire

Why Spotify’s IPO may deter new investors

By Mark Humphery-Jenner  March 20, 2018

Music streaming leader Spotify has signalled it will undertake an initial public offering (IPO) using an unusual process.

Vital Signs: Construction yet to slow down with a cooling housing market

By Richard Holden  March 16, 2018

When they are finished there will be a lot of properties for sale and a relative paucity of buyers

Vital Signs: The one thing holding back an RBA rate cut

By Richard Holden  March 09, 2018

In a radically unsurprising decision on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia left official interest rates unchanged at 1.5%.

The Trump tariff hikes that shook the world

By Tim Harcourt  March 06, 2018

The indirect effects could bring about unintended consequences. If the US is isolated, it could actually be good for Australia.