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Isaac Gross

Lecturer, Monash University
Zac Gross is a Lecturer at Monash University and founding member of ‘What if, Australia?’ A forum devoted to ambitious new public ideas for Australia.

High interest rates are not bad news for everyone. Just ask savers, importers and Australians heading overseas

Aug 24, 2023 07:10 am UTC| Economy

It is a universally acknowledged truth that interest-rate rises are always a bad thing for the average Australian household. They are just a punitive form of economic medicine we have to take from time to time, on the...

Central Banking Series

Meet Michele Bullock, the RBA insider tasked with making the Reserve Bank more outward-looking as its next governor

Jul 17, 2023 12:59 pm UTC| Central Banks Insights & Views

Australias next Reserve Bank governor, Michelle Bullock the first woman in the job will take office in September at a time when much of the banks work in fighting inflation will be done and its focus will be on changing...

Central Banking Series

Reserve Bank revolution: How Jim Chalmers will re-craft the RBA for the 21st century

Apr 23, 2023 12:39 pm UTC| Central Banks Economy

The review into the Reserve Bank of Australia has just been published by Treasurer Jim Chalmers and the results are a blockbuster. The review has made 51 recommendations including: taking away power over...

Central Banking Series

RBA's latest forecasts are grim. Here are 5 reasons why

Feb 14, 2023 13:22 pm UTC| Economy Central Banks

After lifting interest rates for a record nine times in a row, and flagging more raises still to come, the Reserve Bank of Australias latest set of forecasts make for grim reading. The forecasts are part of the central...

Central Banking Series

With inflation still rising, the RBA will almost certainly lift interest rates in February

Jan 26, 2023 11:54 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

Interest rates are almost certain to rise again in February, after the latest Consumer Price Index figures showing inflation hit 7.8% in 2022 its highest rate in 33 years. The data from the Australian Bureau of...

Central Banking Series

Rates rise to 1.35% – and there's no stopping now the RBA's on a mission to whip inflation

Jul 07, 2022 16:12 pm UTC| Economy Central Banks

There was no suprise in the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia lifting interest rates at its July meeting. The only question was by how much. Would it be a regular increase of 25 basis points? Or a double-whammy of...

Central Banking Series

Game of Loans: the Reserve Bank of Australia loses its heir apparent to Fortescue's green fund

Mar 12, 2022 11:20 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

The Reserve Bank of Australia was roiled today by the resignation of its Deputy Governor Guy Debelle, who is leaving with only six days notice. Dr Debelle said that he was resigning to become chief financial officer of...

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Economy

The idea that US interest rates will stay higher for longer is probably wrong

The 0.4% rise in US consumer prices in March didnt look like headline news. It was the same as the February increase, and the year-on-year rise of 3.5% is still sharply down from 5% a year ago. All the same, this modest...

Impact of Iran-Israel conflict on Stocks, Gold and Bitcoin

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Japan Posts 7.7% Growth in Machinery Orders

In a striking development that looks set to invigorate Japans economic prospects, a key gauge of capital spending in the country has seen its most significant jump in over a year. According to Cabinet Office data released...

Why Africa can be the beating heart of South Korea’s technology industry

Tshepo Ncube, Head: International Coverage and Bhavtik Vallabhjee, Head: Power, Utilities Infrastructure at Absa CIB reflect on their recent visit to South Korea, examining why investors in the region have their eyes set...

How cuts to marginal income tax could boost the UK’s stagnant economic growth

The British prime minister recently claimed the UK economy has turned a corner. Rishi Sunak said inflation figures were encouraging, and proclaimed that 2024 would be the year Britain bounces back. According to his...

Politics

Putin’s Russia: first arrests under new anti-LGBT laws mark new era of repression

Just over three decades after Russia decriminalised homosexuality in 1993, three people have been arrested and charged under the countrys harsh new anti-LGBT laws and could face ten years in prison for membership of an...

Nvidia RTX 4090D Embroiled in US-China Tech Rivalry; South Korea Navigates Chip Export Dilemma

The U.S. government has tightened export restrictions on high-performance semiconductor chips to China, including the Nvidia RTX 4090D, and is urging South Korea to enforce similar curbs, marking a significant escalation...

Canada needs a national strategy for homeless refugee claimants

One year after the federal government closed Roxham Road, refugee claims in Canada continue to increase: there were 143,785 in 2023 compared to 91,730 in 2022. The surprise announcement in March 2023 to modify Canadas...

Who will Trump pick as his running mate?

Being second in line for leadership of the most powerful country in the world is not an easy job. But for Mike Pence, vice president under Donald Trump, things were even harder than usual. As insurrectionists descended...

Science

Peter Higgs was one of the greats of particle physics. He transformed what we know about the building blocks of the universe

Peter Higgs, who gave his name to the subatomic particle known as the Higgs boson, has died aged 94. He was always a modest man, especially when considering that he was one of the greats of particle physics the area of...

Could a telescope ever see the beginning of time? An astronomer explains

The James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST for short, is one of the most advanced telescopes ever built. Planning for JWST began over 25 years ago, and construction efforts spanned over a decade. It was launched into space on...

US media coverage of new science less likely to mention researchers with African and East Asian names

When one Chinese national recently petitioned the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to become a permanent resident, he thought his chances were pretty good. As an accomplished biologist, he figured that news...

If life exists on Jupiter’s moon Europa, scientists might soon be able to detect it

Europa is one of the largest of more than 90 moons in orbit around the planet Jupiter. It is also one of the best places to look for alien life. Often termed an ocean world by scientists, observations to date strongly...

Exploding stars are rare but emit torrents of radiation − if one happened close enough to Earth, it could threaten life on the planet

Stars like the Sun are remarkably constant. They vary in brightness by only 0.1% over years and decades, thanks to the fusion of hydrogen into helium that powers them. This process will keep the Sun shining steadily for...

Technology

Crypto.com's Launch in South Korea Stalled by AML Regulatory Concerns, Postponement Announced

Crypto.com has delayed its much-anticipated launch in South Korea after an emergency inspection by local regulators revealed issues with its anti-money laundering measures, forcing the cryptocurrency exchange to reassess...

Coca-Cola, Microsoft Forge $1.1B Alliance for Cloud and AI Innovation

The Coca-Cola Company and Microsoft Corp. have joined forces in a $1.1 billion deal to leverage Microsoft Cloud and AI technologies, aiming to streamline operations and spark worldwide innovation. Strategic Partnership...

Korean Military Considers iPhone Ban, Samsung Exempt for Security Reasons

The South Korean military is considering banning iPhones from defense installations over concerns that their voice recording feature could compromise security, whereas Samsung phones are approved for use. Potential...

Shiba Inu Reveals How SHIB Army Can Earn TREAT Token in New Blockchain Ecosystem

The Shiba Inu ecosystem has outlined multiple ways for its community, the SHIB Army, to earn the upcoming TREAT token as part of their engagement with the new layer-3 blockchain, empowering users with greater participation...
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