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Commodity boom adds to confusion about the outlook for inflation
Opinion
Inflation

Commodity boom adds to confusion about the outlook for inflation

Does the new boom in commodity prices point to a longer and stronger post-pandemic surge in global growth and inflation than markets and central banks have assumed?

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz

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It’s complicated: Central banks are making passive investing trickier
Analysis
Sharemarket

It’s complicated: Central banks are making passive investing trickier

Over the last 10 years, investors have been rewarded for keeping it simple, tracking sharemarket indices rather than analysing the prospects of individual companies. Not any more.

  • by Anneka Treon
The world is partying hard on free money, but beware the hangover

The world is partying hard on free money, but beware the hangover

Central banks have pumped a fresh $US8 trillion into global liquidity since the pandemic was declared last year.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Risky business: The Fed, and Elon Musk, sound the alarm bells on financial markets
Opinion
Opinion

Risky business: The Fed, and Elon Musk, sound the alarm bells on financial markets

The fact that Elon Musk could send the value of a cryptocurrency plummeting after a joke on Saturday Night Live tells you a lot about the state of financial markets.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Jobs our focus, not soaring house prices: RBA

Jobs our focus, not soaring house prices: RBA

The Reserve Bank says while high house prices are a legitimate concern, pushing up interest rates is not the answer.

  • by Shane Wright
Speculators back in the game to push up property prices

Speculators back in the game to push up property prices

Having kept a low profile during the pandemic, investors are now returning to the market with gusto. And that means home prices will continue to be pushed higher.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
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RBA more bullish on economy as it holds rates at record low

RBA more bullish on economy as it holds rates at record low

Governor Philip Lowe says the central bank now expects GDP to expand by 4.75 per cent this year, up from a forecast of 3.5 per cent in February.

  • by Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke
The Fed remains dovish even as the Biden binge hits $US6 trillion
Opinion
Opinion

The Fed remains dovish even as the Biden binge hits $US6 trillion

The US central bank remains committed to its policies of ultra-low interest rates and large-scale bond-buying even as the Biden administration goes on an unprecedented spending spree.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Markets are behaving dangerously but central banks have their heads in the sand
Opinion
Investing

Markets are behaving dangerously but central banks have their heads in the sand

The level of peculiar and potentially destructive speculative activity in financial markets is being downplayed or ignored by central bankers.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Don’t rush: Warning budget repair could hurt economy out of pandemic

Don’t rush: Warning budget repair could hurt economy out of pandemic

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been warned that repairing the budget bottom line could hinder the economy and the Reserve Bank.

  • by Shane Wright
Pandemic has created ‘a new normal’ for Australia’s economy, says former RBA board member

Pandemic has created ‘a new normal’ for Australia’s economy, says former RBA board member

It will probably be a couple of years before it’s clear how much the pandemic has changed for the Australian economy, says former Reserve Bank board member Heather Ridout.

  • by Michael Heath