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The government’s bank reforms wouldn’t have saved us a royal commission

By Clinton Free & Hannah Harris  June 28, 2018

In a bid to fend off the financial services royal commission, the government introduced the Banking Executives Accountability and Related Measures Act (BEAR) last October.

Franchising isn’t everyone’s pie or muffin, but it could be

By Jenny Buchan  June 20, 2018

​Franchising can be a great way to grow a business but the scrutiny it receives is well founded.

Vital Signs: Poor wages growth means interest rates could be low for a long time

By Richard Holden  June 19, 2018

​Last week Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe gave one of the more revealing speeches one is likely to hear from a central banker.

QuItaly is now a real possibility

By Gabriele Gratton & Richard Holden  May 21, 2018

For the European project to survive, the EU must answer the questions posed by Italian voters soon

Government timing tricks hide the real budget story

By Richard Holden  May 11, 2018

This year’s Budget may not have had a whole lot of surprises, but it was chock full of crafty timing tricks.

Vital Signs: Fallout from banking crackdown could be worse than interest rate rises

By Richard Holden  May 04, 2018

In Australia, all eyes will be on how the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority respond to the findings of the banking royal commission.

Vital Signs: Interest-only loans could bust the property market

By Richard Holden  April 30, 2018

But how many non-prudent borrowers have their been in the Australian property market in recent years? Hint: a lot.

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