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Donald Trump's weaponising of the US dollar could come back to bite the Biden administration.

Trump era spurs new efforts to undermine US dollar's status

The Trump era might be ending but that won't end the efforts by other countries to reduce their vulnerability to the weaponisation of the US dollar.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz


The more formal photo the incoming vice president preferred.

Vogue's new Kamala Harris cover merely papers over the cracks

The magazine has announced it will print a second cover in response to last week's backlash and while it goes some way toward fixing the problem, it would be far better if it had shown common sense in the first place.

  • by Melissa Singer
Australian captain Tim Paine (left) is under pressure.

Australia's frailty has been exposed and Paine is under huge pressure

This - Australia's loss to India on home soil - is a result that will pose serious questions of Australia and give England real hope for the Ashes.

  • by Michael Vaughan
A nurse administers a shot as India's COVID-19 vaccine program begins.

Too many questions surrounding vaccine efficacy

I am confused about the objective of the vaccination program, if it ever gets started.

Tennis players bang on the window while in quarantine at View Melbourne hotel.

Numb to COVID's carnage, tennis stars learning fast about Australia's foreign fight

Tennis players are uniformly well-travelled but few could be called worldly. It's not surprising many arrived in Australia without understanding the country is tackling the pandemic in a very different way.

  • by Ben Rothenberg
Shelley Reys

Forget change the date – it's time to change the entire conversation about Australia Day

Now is the perfect chance to recognise First Nations people and our long and strong contribution to this nation. Only then will reconciliation be possible.

  • by Shelley Reys
Premier Investments' CEO Mark McInnes and chairman Solomon Lew had a very profitable year.

Australian billionaires must repay JobKeeper, not pocket millions in bonuses

A small number of companies such as Solomon Lew's Premier Investments have received $40m in taxpayer subsidies while paying large bonuses and dividends to top executives.

  • by Andrew Leigh
New US President Joe Biden.
Joe Biden

Biden's inauguration is an FDR moment. For Republicans, it's civil war

Joe Biden has a chance to unite an America on the brink of destruction. Republicans have to look back to 1861 to choose their future.

  • by Bruce Wolpe
In the Herald

In the Herald: January 20, 1993

A series of television interviews featuring Jana Wendt will not go ahead as planned.

  • by Harry Hollinsworth
Frances McDormand in Nomadland.

Deeper causes of America's troubles are economic and social

Trump has helped to deepen America's economic and social woes, but the ever-rising “deaths of despair” among working-class white men reveals divisions had been growing for years.

  • by Ross Gittins
As an immigrant, there is much to pick up on arrival.

Australia Day is a reminder for my family that this is now our home

This January will be my family’s 18th Australia Day, and I now call Australia home.

  • by Susan Biggar
Individuals who are in low socio-economic wealth bands gain more from advice than those who are wealthy.

The real benefits of good financial advice revealed

Those who obtain professional financial advice can accumulate three times more assets after 15 years than those who make their own decisions.

  • by Robin Bowerman
The Reserve Bank of Australia has suggested that official interest rates may not rise for three years.

2021 and the road to economic recovery... where to from here?

The Australian economy enters 2021 in much better shape than most others – and healthier than the Reserve Bank of Australia, the government or most economists initially forecast.

  • by Alex Joiner
The sharemarket should not be in a deep funk just because things are not economically perfect.

The sharemarket is out of touch ... as it should be

We have just had a recession and unemployment has spiked, but the sharemarket continues to power higher. Here's why.

  • by Scott Phillips
Opportunities to build wealth are better than ever.

Don't overlook extra opportunities to boost your super

Many people remain unaware of government superannuation policy changes that offer useful strategies to save tax and build wealth.

  • by Noel Whittaker

Clarifying capital gains tax rules on a joint share portfolio

The survivor inherits the cost base of a partner's assets when they die.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Bankable: Marnus Labuschagne boosted his stocks.

Player series ratings: Australia v India

Who fired, who failed? No player scored a perfect 10 from the epic series, but which Australians rated the highest?

  • by Jon Pierik and Andrew Wu
Column 8 Granny dinkus with mask.
Column 8

What sorcery is this? The answer can be found...on the internet?!

Be careful what you wish for part 3,185, 674 - give or take a million.

Rishabh Pant celebrates victory with his teammates.

Thank you and good night, India

India may never have another series win like that. Nobody will.

  • by Greg Baum
The price of petrol now averages $1.20 a litre, down from $1.60 a year ago.
Home loans

Cheapest mortgages, energy, mobile prices in years

Don't ask, don't get: You need to seek the best deal from your provider to access some of the big savings on offer.

  • by Joel Gibson
Quarantine players practice near the View Melbourne hotel. 18 January 2020. The Age News. Photo: Eddie Jim.
Australian Open Tennis

Plan needed to cope with indefinite international border closures

Hotel quarantine was brought in to meet an emergency but it now looks like it will last years.

  • The Herald's View
 Jakob Stausholm is in the hot seat.

Rio chief's balancing act: the culture or the cash

Maximising production and taking care to adhere to its social responsibilities is a balancing act - and new Rio boss Jakob Stausholm cannot afford to trip.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
The Australian sharemarket plunged more than 40 per cent before recovering most of those losses.

Superannuation funds snap back after testing year

Those fund members who stuck to their guns rode out the storm and ended the year with more retirement savings than they started.

  • by John Collett
Coal exports to China have been restricted.

China's aiming for 8% growth. Can it do it without Australian coal?

China was the only major economy to post positive economic growth in 2020, but it might need to lift its ban on Australian coal to meet the ambitious forecasts for its growth this year.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Tim Lane, pictured with Ricky Ponting, is the estimable host of Seven's cricket commentary.

Test cricket, packed with twists and turns, makes for compelling TV viewing

With the BBL heading into its final stages, Tom Ryan writes about the cricket coverage and the recently completed Test series against India.

  • by Tom Ryan
COVID has changed the dating game.

Farewell, disco pash: How the pandemic has changed dating

While nothing can stop our need for romantic connection, many classic dating rituals – from impromptu bar-hopping dates to meeting through friends – are no longer quite the same.

  • by Marnie Vinall
Health Minister Greg Hunt, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and then-Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy at a coronavirus press conference in March 2020.

'Operating in the dark': A year since Australia's first public COVID-19 concerns

Exactly one year ago we heard concerns from Australian health authorities for the first time about a new illness emerging from China. There was a lot we didn't know.

  • by Rachel Clun
Tennis players and officials arrive at Melbourne Jet Base

Tennis pros should save their moaning for the court

Maybe those overpaid and self-entitled tennis stars whining about being in lockdown should contemplate the relative COVID rates in Australia and their home countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping.

Global threat from three strongmen

The absurdity of a pair of poisoned underpants is a symbol of autocratic tendencies putting democracy at risk.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Many modern Australian hotels have windows that cannot be opened.

To fight coronavirus, we all need a breath of fresh air

Locking people in quarantine rooms without access to fresh air is not just bad to their mental health – it may make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

  • by Tim Moore
In the Herald

In the Herald: January 19, 1979

State League soccer club Avala is believed to be the code's first Sydney club to have a woman president.

  • by Harry Hollinsworth
French philosopher Voltaire would have applauded the decision to ban Donald Trump on social media.

Freedom of speech: Voltaire would applaud Trump Twitter ban

The social media ban on President Donald Trump is consistent with the principle of preventing harm to others.

  • by Josh Bornstein
Twitter has banned Donald Trump.

Capitol rioters led to their deaths by a false prophet

The Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol were deplorables. But they were also victims.

  • by Julie Szego

Not all face masks are created equal 

A year into the pandemic, there still isn’t any clear labelling or regulations around the selling of masks.

  • by Alice Clarke
World No.1 Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic's demands land wide

If it seems Djokovic is acting like he runs the sport of tennis, it is only because he does.

  • by Chip Le Grand
Column 8 Granny dinkus with mask.
Column 8

Steer clear of silver bullets near the orange poles

A tree in millimetres, still hoping for apples.

Peter V'landys.
NRL 2021

'Complete crap': V'landys comes out firing on first day back at work

The ARL Commission chairman's stocks are sky high after rescuing the game last year. But there's still a lot of work to do.

  • by Andrew Webster
The pressure will be on Tim Paine on the final day of the fourth Test.

Rain or shine, it's day of reckoning in world of Paine

The most unlikely of Australian captains has achieved all that could be reasonably asked of him since taking over after the trauma of Cape Town - but the halo has slipped.

  • by Andrew Wu
Mohammed Siraj of India fields as Pat Cummins of Australia makes his ground.
Test cricket

Australia counts the bird in the hand

With tropical weather always likely to interfere with the fourth Test, Australia may have another agenda in mind.

  • by Greg Baum
Mining companies, which rely heavily on government contracts, are huge political donors.

Laxness on political donations reeks of self-interest

Private patronage of politicians corrodes faith in the integrity of decision-making and increases cynicism about government and our public institutions.

  • The Herald's View
Retail's dynamic duo - soon to part ways

From corporate kryptonite to retail rainmaker - Premier's McInnes leaves on a high

The terms of Mark McInnes' departure include two years' retail industry gardening leave during which Premier will pay him his base pay for both years - a total of $5.4 million.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Belarusian tennis player Aryna Sabalenka practises in hotel quarantine at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne.

Australian Open can't afford one miss after hotel quarantine scrutiny

Authorities are backing that the systems will work this time but in the community the appetite for the Australian Open is diminishing.

  • by Greg Baum
US President Donald Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2019 The Trump administration’s China policies were probably the most antagonistic of any US presidency since the height of the Cold War in the 1960s.
Trade wars

The verdict's in on Trump's trade war with China

A year ago the US and China agreed a truce in their trade war. The latest data confirms that Donald Trump's attempt to slow China's export growth and lower the US trade deficit has failed.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz

I'm cheering for the end of school holidays – and the guilt they bring

The general emotional wreckage that comes with parenting during the holidays has been playing out in families across Australia – but alas, only a week to go.

  • by Samantha Selinger-Morris
Australian businesses are facing a Bugs Bunny style cliff-hanger.

'That's all, folks': Should the government be pulling back fiscal support?

This is not the sky diving plummet from 10,000 feet it initially appeared to be.

  • by Jennifer Duke
On one of the rare occasions he wore a mask in public, President Donald Trump removes it to speak from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House to a crowd of supporters in October.

Social media platforms are harming our health

Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms cannot continue to be allowed to peddle lies on COVID-19 and other health matters that are detrimental to human health.

  • by David Shearman
Tennis player Chan Hao-ching (also known as Angel Chan) gives the thumbs up from her hotel quarantine at the View hotel ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Tournament's COVID risk an Open and shut case

A message to the contestants in the Australian Open. If you can't stand being locked down for 14 days I will be willing to take your place.

In the Herald

In the Herald: January 18, 1959

A man and his son jumped into the Hunter River at Hexam today to escape a blazing fishing trawler.

  • by Harry Hollinsworth
The fight against the pandemic has entered a critical stage as countries around the world roll out vaccination campaigns.

Public must be kept in the loop on vaccines

With the boost vaccines will bring to our existing strategies to fight COVID-19, we have so much to gain by keeping the public informed and engaged.

  • by Julie Leask
A cleaner disinfects public transport. The Train station that connects to the bus staion at Bondi Junction.. Coronavirus, 24th May 2020. Photo: Edwina Pickles / SMH

Pandemic strips away the myth of equality

Crises have the power to reveal who we are. One of the things this pandemic has done is reveal just how much inequality there is around us.

  • by Tim Soutphommasane