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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
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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
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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
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The trillion-dollar inflation conundrum facing the world
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Inflation

The trillion-dollar inflation conundrum facing the world

The outlook for inflation is the most disruptive threat to financial markets since the GFC.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Deluge of new US bond sales to test markets’ nerves
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Opinion

Deluge of new US bond sales to test markets’ nerves

The tug of war between financial market hawks and doves is likely to resume this week as an avalanche of US Treasury bond sales begins.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Economic rebound to become a grind as normality returns

Economic rebound to become a grind as normality returns

The Australian economy has roared back from the depths of the coronavirus recession, but new forecasts suggest it will now become a grind back to normality.

  • by Shane Wright
Why credit cards are not all bad… if you use them right

Why credit cards are not all bad… if you use them right

Adopting three smart credit card strategies can actually result in you being a lot better off in the long run.

  • by Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon
Despite three decades of economic growth, we might need to review the Reserve Bank

Despite three decades of economic growth, we might need to review the Reserve Bank

Today on Please Explain Nathanael Cooper and senior economics correspondent Shane Wright look at the role of the Reserve Bank of Australia and calls for a review into its practices.

  • by Nathanael Cooper