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After the recent rate cut from the RBA,  Commonwealth Bank chief economist Michael Blythe in a note to their investors  indicated that the bank expects the RBA to make more additional interest rate cuts. “We had penciled in another 25 basis poi...
Australia (May 14th, 16)
In Australia, mortgage competition has intensified as the big 4 banks cut their home lending rates in response to the RBA 0.25 per cent rate cut, with the interest rates at their lowest for more than 50 years. The big four banks National Australia Bank (N...
Australia (May 4th, 16)
The Australian budget announched on Tuesday will allow Australians to only contribute  $25,000 a year before tax and $500,000 after tax over the course of a lifetime for their retirement superannuation fund. The total amount of extra money people can vol...
Australia (May 4th, 16)
In Australia, the Reserve Bank of Australia had cut the official cash rate this month by 25 basis points to 1.75 per cent, its lowest level ever. It was unchanged since May 2015 and this cut will put further pressure on deposits for retirees (1yrs will be ...
Personal Finance (May 3rd, 16)
The recent cut by the RBA in Australia benefited many with mortgage balances as the big banks mentioned to cut loan rates, while for many self funded retirees who had term deposits to rely on for their fixed income portion of their portfolio could face continu...
Australia (May 3rd, 16)
According to Bloomberg, U.S regulators have proposed a plan that will disincentivize Wall Street firms on their reliance on volatile short-term funding. In particular lenders would be required to depend on stable funding from sources such as deposits (CDs) , a...
United States (May 3rd, 16)
Today Xinhua, the state-run news agency said that citing a statement from the Communist Party all couples will be allowed to have two children.The population control policy from the People's Republic of China which was officially adopted in 1979. In 2007, just...
China (Oct 28th, 15)
As Greece ordered its banks and lenders to shutdown for 6 days from Monday referendum, the question arises of the likely impact if Greece actually defaults and possibly even leaves the Eurozone currency. According to http://eurozone.deposits.org, Greece is at...
Banking (Jun 28th, 15)
  When the RBA cut the official cash rate to 2.25 per cent in February, the RBA said it was "not because things had turned for the worse, but rather because of the lack of compelling signs that economic growth was picking up as was earlier expected....
Australia (Mar 23rd, 15)
For the second time in history the Nasdaq has exceeded the 5,000 mark. The last time the Nasdaq reached such great heights was just before the tech wreck in 2000.  When it hit 5,000 in the year 2000 the composite index rate collapsed to almost 1,000 as a ...
United States (Mar 4th, 15)
The timing of Huawei’s new release of a new stylish smart watch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona cannot be better: merely a week ahead of Apple, who is expected to host an event to present its competing device, the Apple Watch. With this move an...
Technology (Mar 4th, 15)
While $1 million has the spending power of about $250,000 in 1985 according to the RBA, 2014 saw the emergence of 43,500 new millionaires in Australia. This figure was up from previous years; there were 30,000 in 2013 and 40,000 the year before, according to G...
Australia (Mar 2nd, 15)
The company behind Botox looks like it is still facing a hostile takeover bid. Botox is the anti-wrinkle treatment that was once the preserve of the rich and famous. Now it is used by people in all walks of life making Allergan a hot target. The hunter is the...
Healthcare (Oct 20th, 14)
The end of October is a time when the world's metal trading experts come to London for their annual week-long get together. London Metal Exchange Week has been taking place for decades, but could it be on the decline? It has been the place for black-tie dinne...
Commodity Markets (Oct 19th, 14)
 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released today Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August with an increase0.1 percentage points to 5.8 per cent with  the number of people unemployed increasing by 9,400 people to 714...
Australia (Sep 11th, 13)
The Australian government will hold a tender for the issue of Treasury Bonds on Friday, 13 September 2013 with 4.75% 15 June 2016 with first coupon on the 15 September 2013 (800M). Also anotherthe 5.50% 21 April 2023 treasury bond will also be tendered for ...
Australia (Sep 9th, 13)
The Australian dollar was today under further pressure after a recent period of weakness in the currency. With Ben Bernanke indicating that the Fed would push forward with its tapering of monetary policy coupled with today's drop in the Chinese Purchasing Mana...
Commodities (Jun 19th, 13)
The Google Glass Video decision and why it will doom the device to fail. Google's First Quarter of 2013 Results had revenues of $13.97 billion and its penetration with emerging markets and new product line indicate that their is further revenue growth poten...
Technology (May 3rd, 13)
Today the BLS released in its jobs report that the U-3 official unemployment rate fell to 7.5% from 7.6% with 165,000 jobs added. This is despite that government jobs lost 11,000 this month, with an accumulated over 1.1 million public sector job losses since M...
United States (May 3rd, 13)
With the European crisis impacting various geographic markets across the world, commodity price sensitive countries such as Australia are beginning to feel the impact. It has been resilient compared to other OECD countries since the 2008 financial crisis but i...
Banking (Jun 28th, 12)
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