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CBA wealth exodus continues with possible Indonesian sale

29 March 2018 | Clancy Yeates

factoryCommonwealth Bank may sell its Indonesian life insurance business for hundreds of millions of dollars, as the banking industry's exodus from the lower-returning wealth management sector continues.


Dispelling lazy thinking on trade deals

22 March 2018 | Eureka Street

FactoryThe recent furore about Donald Trump's imposing of tariffs on steel, from which Australian companies have been exempted, raises an interesting question about the economics discipline. Which is better, an oxymoron or a tautology?

The oxymoron in question is 'financial deregulation'. This is a logical impossibility, because finance consists of regulations, rules. To deregulate finance is like taking the hydrogen and oxygen out of water, or the narcissism out of Donald Trump.


Fund managers to 'review' Facebook investments after data scandal

22 March 2018 | The SMH

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Large Australian shareholders, including investment giant AMP Capital, are reconsidering their investments in Facebook due to ethical concerns over the social media giant's latest privacy scandal..


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Banking code revamp small step in regaining trust

28 March 2018 | Clancy Yeates

After weeks of having their reputations dragged through the mud, banks are pushing ahead with plans to bolster the industry’s code of conduct.


Australia's population increases by one person every 86 seconds as it exceeds 25 million

22 March 2018 | The ABC

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Australia's population grew by another 1.6 per cent to 24.7 million in the 12 months to the end of September 2017, adding another person every 1 minute and 26 seconds.

 


Dow Jones plunges after Trump unveils $US60b tariffs on China

22 March 2018 | The ABC

Trade warsWall Street has plunged over fears of a US-China trade war, after the Trump administration moved to impose tariffs on up to $US60 billion ($77 billion) worth of Chinese imports.

 


Why the RBA may not raise rates any time soon

22 March 2018 | The Age

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There's fresh reason to think that the Reserve Bank of Australia, as Treasurer Scott Morrison anticipates, may not be raising interest rates anytime soon.


 

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