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NATO’s Watford summit features a troublesome trio

03 December 2019 | The Economist

THE CELEBRATION of NATO’s 70th birthday should have been a triumphal march. The average lifespan of collective-defence alliances over the past five centuries is just 15 years. 

How the Sino-American trade war is affecting commodity markets

03 December 2019 | The Economist

COMMODITY PRICES have been on a rollercoaster ride in the past few years. Spurred by Chinese demand, they reached a giddy peak in 2011. Oversupply and fears of an emerging-market slowdown led to a long decline until 2016. Then prices were starting to recover, until President Donald Trump began raising American import tariffs in 2018,

It’s the end of the World Trade Organisation as we know it

03 December 2019 | The Economist

“Winter is coming,” warned a Norwegian representative on November 22nd, at a meeting of the World Trade Organisation (wto). The multilateral trading system that the wto has overseen since 1995 is about to freeze up. On December 10th two of the judges on its appellate body, which hears appeals in trade disputes and authorises sanctions against rule-breakers, will retire—and an American block on new appointments means they will not be replaced. With just one judge remaining, it will no longer be able to hear new cases.

Global financial markets may be in the midst of a major moment in history

19 August 2019 | ABC

What's that old saying about wood and trees? For most of us, most of the time, it's not all that apparent when you're at a pivotal point in history. 

Terrorists turn to bitcoin to raise money

19 August 2019 | The Age

New York: Hamas, the militant Palestinian group, has been designated a terrorist organisation by Western governments and some others and has been locked out of the traditional financial system. But this year, its military wing has developed an increasingly sophisticated campaign to raise money using bitcoin.

'Very compelling argument': Apple chief Tim Cook raises Samsung concerns with Trump

19 August 2019 | Jennifer Jacobs and Mark Gurman

President Donald Trump said Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook voiced concerns about chief competitor Samsung Electronics getting an edge because its products, unlike Apple's, won't be subject to tariffs when imported by the US.

Austrac flags tough action after being 'flooded' with money laundering breaches

19 August 2019 | Noel Whittaker

The nation's anti-money laundering regulator warns it is likely to take more action against Australia's top financial institutions after being "flooded" with reports of potential breaches following its landmark case against the Commonwealth Bank.


Six warning bells against property spruikers

19 August 2019 | Noel Whittaker

Despite years of bad publicity — and some successful prosecutions — the property spruiking industry is alive and well. This week, I was contacted by a couple in their mid-50s who had completed a survey which asked them to tick the box most relevant to their financial challenges. They chose superannuation.

Adele Ferguson on ‘Banking Bad’ and weaving magic

19 August 2019 | Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson is one of Australia’s most-awarded journalists, receiving eight Walkley awards including a Gold Walkley for her joint Fairfax Media and Four Corners Programme, Banking Bad.

Bunnings wants an Australian online store for Christmas

22 July 2019 | Dominic Powell

Shoppers anywhere in the country should able to buy pots, paint and power tools for Christmas online from Bunnings, with the home improvement giant planning to have its digital offering up and running by December.

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