(16 February 2018, AFR, p31, by: Vesna Poljak, Sarah Turner) ‘A stronger inflationary pulse in the US economy and a slowing in the tempo of Australian jobs growth has turned the spread between Australian and US 10-year bond yields negative for the first time in 18 years. That means the US 10-year bond at 2.91 … Continue reading
25 June 2017 – Taking a break.
(20 August 2016, AFR, p21, by: Robert Harley, Su-Lin Tan) ‘The major residential developers, Mirvac, Stockland and Lendlease, have defied concerns about housing to deliver record profits from the sector in 2016.’ Read more at AFR.com (might need AFR login access, or try: AFR.com/trial)
(3 March 2016, AFR, p16, by Stephanie Nebehay and Gabriela Baczynska) ‘The build-up of thousands of migrants and refugees on Greece’s northern borders is fast turning into a humanitarian disaster, the United Nations said on Tuesday as the European Union prepared to offer more financial aid. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said clashes at Greece’s border … Continue reading
(17 February 2016, AFR, p12, by Olzhas Auyezov and Andrei Makhovsky) ‘…The collapse in world oil prices to 12-year lows has crippled the economy of Russia, which shrank last year by nearly 4 per cent, while its rouble currency has lost almost 60 per cent of its value against the dollar since mid-2014. The small … Continue reading
(19 September 2015, AFR, p12, by John Kehoe ) ‘Gyrating international financial markets and weakening economic activity in emerging market economies led by a cooling China deterred the US Federal Reserve from pulling the trigger on an historic interest rate rise. Fed chair Janet Yellen left short term rates languishing near zero despite a “robust” … Continue reading
[COMMENT: This news article includes eight commodity price charts related to the story.] (26 August 2015, AFR, p19, by Peter Ker ) ‘Miners don’t wear helmets just for safety while underground, they wear them for times like this. As if being the worst-performed sector of the year was not bad enough, mining and energy companies were … Continue reading
(20 March 2015, AFR, p31, by Jonathan Soble) ‘Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive pressure on the corporate sector has produced the most substantial results so far, as some of Japan’s most prominent companies announced their biggest pay increases in years. They include Toyota and other giants from the car-making industry, as well as electronics … Continue reading
(15 Jan 2015, The Age, BusinessDay, p20, Vesna Poljak, Greg Earl and Peter Ker, Sydney Morning Herald) ‘The price of copper plunged to a more than five-year low on Wednesday as the metal joins iron ore and oil as victims of the commodity price crash, drawn out by a fresh blow to global growth. The … Continue reading
(12 August 2014, The Age, BusinessDay, p21, Sue Mitchell) ‘JB Hi-Fi chief executive Richard Murray is hoping that sales of large-screen TVs, phablets and gaming consoles will offset a slump in tablets that threatens to cramp the retailer’s growth targets and make it harder to recoup higher costs in 2015. Mr Murray has blamed lacklustre … Continue reading
(8 August 2014, AFR, p29, Danielle Douglas) ‘Bank of America, the second-largest bank in the United States, is close to reaching an agreement with the US Department of Justice to pay a whopping $US16 billion ($17.2 billion) to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold faulty mortgage securities that contributed to the financial crisis.’ Read more at … Continue reading
(26 May 2014, AFR, p1, Amanda Saunders) ‘Mining giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have warned the combination of high costs, high taxes and the strong Australian dollar has put a “vice-like grip” on the $60 billion coal industry that will force further mine closures and job losses this year. About 12,000 jobs have been … Continue reading
[COMMENT: The all-powerful watchdog…. has some flaws?] (31 Oct 2013, AFR, p3, Patrick Durkin) ‘The corporate regulator has isolated itself from business, developed a “glass jaw” to criticism and unfairly shifts blame to others, leading directors, senior executives and industry bodies say. More than 200 groups and individuals have deluged a Senate inquiry with concerns, … Continue reading
(9 Oct 2013, The Age, BusinessDay, p27, Simon Johanson) ‘Private money is gearing up to buy property as low interest rates stimulate investors and business confidence improves, banking and property experts say.’ ‘Business confidence rose in September to its highest level since March 2010 following the federal election, the latest NAB monthly business survey shows. … Continue reading
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