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When will China's speculative iron ore bubble pop?

06 March 2017 | AFR

If you believe the conventional wisdom, investors in Australian resource giants such as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto should be able to rest easy this year, confident in the knowledge that Beijing will do whatever it takes to maintain robust Chinese economic growth in this highly sensitive political year.



Federal budget to include housing package: Treasurer Scott Morrison

05 March 2017 | Business Day

"We're working on a package for the budget. It will deal with the challenges in housing affordability from those who are reliant on social housing in our community, all the way through to those who are trying to break in to the first home ownership market," he told Sky News on Sunday.

"We've got to remember that over 30 per cent of Australians actually live in homes that are rented.


Vacant property tax expected to raise $80m in push to increase housing affordability

05 March 2017 | The Age

Owners who leave properties vacant will be slugged with a new tax under a Victorian government push to free up more housing for sale and reduce rents.

The new vacant residential property tax is expected to raise about $80 million over four years, coming into force on January 1.


Australian banks: Time is right for a royal commission

05 March 2017 | The Age

There is a wealth of wisdom in the notion the first thing to do when seeking to exit a hellish hole is stop digging.

However, the custodians of much of the nation's wealth seem intent on unwisely digging themselves ever deeper into a pit of public and parliamentary opprobrium, to the ironic extent that they risk helping bring on the very royal commission they've been seeking to avoid.


Trump’s Legislative Agenda Faces Headwind

02 March 2017 | WSJ

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump, whose modulated tone in addressing Congress Tuesday drew praise mostly from the GOP, now faces the daunting task of lining up votes for a tax overhaul, a replacement for the Affordable Care Act and other agenda items that have splintered his fellow Republicans.


How long can the show go on as Donald Trump fever grips Wall Street?

01 March 2017 | AFR

US President Donald Trump has once again demonstrated that he is a consummate performer who knows that the trick to keeping audiences spellbound is to leave them wanting more.


Boards must decide between shareholders and stakeholders

01 March 2017 | AFR

When Commonwealth Bank boss Ian Narev fronted investors and the media last month to announce a $4.9 billion profit, the relief was palpable.



TRUMP: Repealing and replacing Obamacare is 'not a choice -- it is a necessity'

28 February 2017 | BI

President Donald Trump laid out a vision for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Tuesday that appeared to back away from earlier pledges to guarantee insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and leaned on tax credits to ensure Americans can afford their premiums.
Trump outlined the changes in a speech to both houses of Congress, laying out five principles for the replacement of the law better known as Obamacare.


Tensions simmer between government and business over penalty rates

28 February 2017 |

Business groups claim their members could be targeted by union "thuggery" and boycotts if they help the federal government defend last week's decision by the Fair Work Commission to pare back penalty rates for Sundays and public holidays.


Why you should keep a journal (take note, high achievers)

28 February 2017 | AFR

All great minds take notes. But if you can't imagine Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh recording their inspirations on a smartphone or iPad, there's more than one good reason for that.


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