The Reserve Bank's inflation target seems out of date in a world of ultra low inflation. So why is Governor Lowe persisting with it?
Low inflation and painful wage growth mean the Reserve Bank has extended its freeze on interest rates for an almost unprecedented 18th straight meeting.
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.
The odds are that we get through 2018 without war, mass capital flight, or a housing crash. But all the risks are medium probability, warns Richard Holden, and the consequences could be dire.
Australia continues to see mixed signals across different aspects of the economic spectrum, writes Richard Holden.
Richard Holden considers how Australia should navigate the current turbulent political and economic climate.
The US economy looks to be improving but Richard Holden warns that Australia is on shaky ground with low interest rates, high household debt and the Aussie dollar on the rise again.
The RBA keeps interest rates on hold and China delivers good news, but there are still pockets of concern in global economies, writes Richard Holden.
The RBA leaves rates on hold, Australia gets a GDP growth spurt from pre-election spending, and the IMF lays the groundwork for a lowering of global growth expectations, writes Richard Holden.
Australia's "deflation" shock makes for higher expectations of a budget day rate cut, writes Richard Holden.