Richard Holden

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The Treasurer's federal bank tax has fired the starting gun on a race-to-the-bottom of the worst kind among the states, writes Richard Holden.

pay rise

For a whole lot of workers in Australia, cutting a better pay deal is very hard, writes Richard Holden.

australia economy

Australia’s economic growth is unsurprisingly paltry, the RBA leaves the cash rate on hold, and Australians continue to eat away at their savings, writes Richard Holden.

US budget

Trump's budget is bad in every way. But that doesn't excuse us here of ridiculous assumptions about tax rates and unprincipled taxes on banks, writes Richard Holden.

salary

Investor loans continue to rise, unemployment ticks down, wages growth remains distressingly low and consumers are unconvinced the budget will improve their financial situation, writes Richard Holden.

bank robbery

Given the lack of competition in the sector, it won’t be the banks’ shareholders who pay for the new $6 billion levy. It will be mortgage holders and other customers, writes Richard Holden.

House dream

The 'first home super saver scheme' is bad economics, somewhat costly, and a cruel hoax on prospective buyers who are struggling with an out-of-control housing market, writes Richard Holden.

engine

Some seem to think the RBA is bullish on growth, but reading between the lines it seems to be hedging, writes Richard Holden.

US money

The value of the US-Australia economic relationship is not necessarily obvious, write Richard Holden, Simon Jackman and Jared Mondschein.

visa

Important sectors of the economy have been quick to point out the potentially huge negative impact the changes to 457 visas will have, writes Richard Holden.

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