Vital signs

Reserve Bank

The new RBA monetary statement is just like the old one — but there are some things that are changing significantly, writes Richard Holden.

Trump

US quarterly GDP is at its highest point since 2014, but it's unlikely to last for a number of reasons.

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The Australian housing market is now in a shallow decline, but the issue of interest only mortagages could still send it off a cliff.

Reserve Bank

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe has effectively ruled out an interest rate rise until wage growth tops 3%.

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Italy's economy is verging on bankrupt and its election results have dealt a hammer blow to the prospects of fixing things. The best option, financially at least, may be to put someone else at the helm.

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The latest numbers suggest construction is accelerating even as buyers become more hesitant, writes Richard Holden. 

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Data from Australia and overseas, inlcuding the fluctuations in the US stock market, point to a tricky balancing act for policy makers, writes Richard Holden.

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With 2018 likely to see US and Australian interest rates diverge, Australian investors are on the lookout for nascent signs of inflation, writes Richard Holden.

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The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the Swiss resort town of Davos has become a bit like the Academy Awards but it remains important for the Australian economy, writes Richard Holden.

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Despite employment growth, Australian wages remain stagnant in real terms as the economy starts 2018 with the same mix of positive and negative signs seen in 2017, writes Richard Holden.

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