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Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualize weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data impacting global economies.

Vital Signs Series

Vital Signs: COVID-19 recession is different – and we need more stimulus to deal with it.

Jun 21, 2020 03:30 am UTC| Economy

Australia has done well on the public health front during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to decisive action by the National Cabinet in March. Australia has done better than most countries on the economic front, too, thanks...

Vital Signs Series

Modelling tells us the coronavirus app will need a big take-up, economics tells us how to get it

Apr 26, 2020 05:30 am UTC| Technology

With Australias test-confirmed daily COVID-19 infection rates continuing to fall to relatively low levels, there is considerable discussion about when and how the successful containment measures might be...

Vital Signs Series

The end of the checkout signals a dire future for those without the right skills

Jan 18, 2020 04:45 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

There has already been a fair number of jobs lost to automation over recent decades from factory workers to bank tellers. In the coming decade we might see radically larger numbers of jobs lost to automation, thanks to...

Vital Signs Series

Untaxing childcare is a bold idea that seems unfair, but might benefit us all

Nov 24, 2019 14:17 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Australias system of childcare support is pretty good. It ensures high-quality care is provided to a large number of children, it is targeted through income-based subsidies, and it is attentive to the needs of...

Vital Signs Series

To tackle unemployment, start by empowering jobseekers

Nov 19, 2019 02:45 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

If youve ever lost your job, youll know how overwhelming and difficult it can be. One day youre in work, the next youre not and so starts the hunt to find another job. This can be particularly tricky if you lose your...

Vital Signs Series

Interest only loans are an economic debacle that could bust the property market

Apr 27, 2018 07:40 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy Real Estate

This week: This risks of interest only loans that the RBA is ignoring and more revenue for the government ahead of the budget. Australian taxpayers wont face a rise in taxes now that Treasurer Scott Morrison...

Vital Signs Series

The calm before the storm in US-China trade

Apr 20, 2018 05:38 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

This week: the US administration continues its anti-trade rhetoric, China grows a little faster than expected, Australian employment figures underwhelm, and the RBA seems unperturbed by household borrowing...

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Economy

S. Korean healthcare and cosmetics exports surge 42% in August

South Korea exported US$1.69 billion worth of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices in August, up 42 percent from a year ago. According to data from the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), the...

CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

60% of pandemic-induced business closures in US become permanent

Yelp data revealed that 97,966 of the 163,735 business closures across the US due to the pandemic as of Aug, 31 wont be reopening. Permanent business closures rose 34 percent since Yelps last report in mid-July. Yelp...

S. Korea, Germany to boost energy ties towards economic recovery, climate goals

South Korea and Germany vowed via a virtual meeting to bolster cooperation in the energy sector towards the recovery of their virus-hit economies and helping each other achieve their climate goals. According to the...

Politics

Melania Trump: FLOTUS reportedly snubs stepdaughter Ivanka Trump's aspirations to become next president

First lady Melania Trumps former friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff claimed that there was already some tension between Melania and her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump. Her new book also revealed that the first lady...

Donald Trump: POTUS wants U.N. to hold China accountable for COVID-19 spread

Donald Trump was among the world leaders making an address in this years United Nations General Assembly. Tensions between the US and China in many aspects, especially COVID-19, have been placed center stage, with Trump...

Donald Trump: Robert Mueller's top deputy Andrew Weissman revealed POTUS did obstruct justice

Aside from the revelations offered by journalist Bob Woodward also come big reveals from special counsel Robert Muellers deputy Andrew Weissman in his upcoming book. The book, offering a peek into the Mueller...

Joe Biden: Campaign and Democrat committees gain financial lead

Former vice president Joe Biden and his campaign initially started off trailing Donald Trump in terms of cash reserves. But over the recent months and especially following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the...

Science

Asteroid to make a very close approach to Earth on Thursday

Despite being able to track thousands of asteroids passing through space, there are still some rocks that can escape detection. One such asteroid is coming to Earth this week, with astronomers predicting that it will make...

Mars mission: Scientists find "worms" inside Martian meteor

NASA is gearing up for the future Mars mission that will take place over the coming years, with the Perseverance Rover already making a headstart after launching into space many weeks ago. With the search for signs of life...

NASA: Scientist says possible discovery of life on Venus needs further study

Venus is known for having an environment that is anything but hospitable, with extreme temperatures making the planet impossible to inhabit. But with the recent discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere, scientists have...

NASA detects Jupiter-sized planet orbiting a star 80 light-years away

NASA has spotted many exoplanets over time, but its recent finding was a first. For the first time, the agency has detected a giant planet orbiting a much smaller corpse of a star. The data from NASAs Spitzer Space...

Technology

Can ‘Rainbow Six Quarantine’ be released in 2020?

The launch of Rainbow Six Quarantine was delayed even before the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the delay of its release. However, a recent supposed leak seemingly suggested that the game would be released sooner than most...

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ beta tests kick off in October

The full release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is just around the corner. This also means that the annual beta tests before the games launch are also set. However, video game players should note that only those with...

‘Elder Scrolls 6’ may not be an Xbox-exclusive despite Microsoft’s ZeniMax Media acquisition

Microsoft kind of broke the internet on Monday after its plans to acquire ZeniMax Media -- Bethesda Softworks parent company -- was made public. There are plenty of popular IPs under the banners of ZeniMax and Bethesda,...

How Apple Watch SE compares to the flagship Apple Watch Series 6

The main star of Apples September event this year is not the new iPhone, but the latest lineup of Apple Watch. The biggest surprise, however, was that the Apple Watch Series 6 was not the only presented at the recent...

GoPro HERO9 Black: Everything to know about the new action camera

Joining the busy fall season for the consumer tech industry is the GoPro HERO9 Black. The new action camera has been announced and the improvements in its design, specs, and features would give fans to think about whether...
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