Opinion

  • What Carmageddon Taught us about Behavioral Economics

    July 22 2011 12:58 PM

    It was supposed to be Carmageddon in L.A., but instead the two-day closure of the busiest freeway in Los Angeles reiterated a timeless lesson about cars: We lose less than we think when we make them a lower priority in our cities.

  • Timely warning

    June 15 2011 11:39 AM

    Deputy commissioner for taxation, Neil Olesen, effectively gave a timely warning last week about the potentially high cost of overshooting the superannuation contribution caps.

  • Strauss-Kahn shall continue to get IMF payments

    May 20 2011 5:10 PM

    If there is one thing certain about newly resigned IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s future, it is that he will not be poor the rest of his life.

  • The birth of a new class of investor

    May 06 2011 10:24 PM

    The global financial crisis was always going to have a profound impact on investor attitudes but the release this week of the Australian Share Ownership Study helps sharpen the focus on just how attitudes to investing are changing.

  • Al-Qaeda to find Osama bin Laden replacement

    May 02 2011 4:19 PM

    The death of bin Laden is not really significant, in terms of its effect on the war in Afghanistan or anywhere else, says an RMIT University international security expert.

  • Life is about more than just money

    April 28 2011 10:45 AM

    Weaker economic growth does not necessarily imply that our welfare is increasing at a slower pace.

  • South Korea: Economy Still Growing Strongly

    April 28 2011 10:06 AM

    Australia's third most important export market, South Korea, continues to grow strongly, as does the chances of another rate rise.

  • Japan: S&P’s Odd Warning

    April 28 2011 10:04 AM

    Strangely, Standard & Poor's yesterday put Japan on a creditwatch negative because of uncertainty about the amount of spending and borrowing for the reconstruction of the damage caused by the March 11 quake and tsunami and the impact of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

  • Australia: Inflation Up, As Expected

    April 28 2011 10:03 AM

    Headline inflation was a bit stronger than expected in the March quarter, but that won't force the Reserve Bank's hand at its May meeting next Tuesday.

  • Oz Inflation Shock

    April 27 2011 3:13 PM

    - Headline inflation rises to 3.3% but core remains at 2.2%- RBA may nevertheless raise its core inflation forecast- Next rate rise may come before the second half of 2011, economists warn

  • Smart Investing - Family ties

    April 27 2011 2:44 PM

    Marriage and divorce statistics from the ABS concentrate on what many might describe as traditional or conventional relationships.

  • The Effects Of Chinese Wage Inflation On Consumers

    April 27 2011 11:13 AM

    A new era began in China last summer. It all started at electronics manufacturer Foxconn’s Shenzhen plant, which supplies U.S. companies like Dell and Apple.

  • The Overnight Report: GFC Conquered

    April 27 2011 10:13 AM

    The Dow rose 115 points or 0.9% while the S&P added 0.9% to 1347 and the Nasdaq gained 0.8%.

  • Investor education begins at home

    April 01 2011 3:29 PM

    Investor risk comes in many forms. So does protection. A wide-ranging industry debate is underway about how advisers should be able to charge for their services in ways that do not distort the advice recommendations.

  • Business leadership failures linked to faulty promotions

    March 10 2011 7:49 PM

    Newly promoted business executives in Singapore often "derail" because they lack the capabilities needed for their new positions, according to Mr. Sattar Bawany, an authority on leadership transition.

  • Treasurer Swan can help those hit hardest by the food and economic crises at the G20

    February 18 2011 9:32 PM

    Treasurer Wayne Swan has an opportunity to help stop the price of basic foods surging further out of the reach of the world’s poor who are also still reeling from the Global Financial Crisis, Oxfam Australia said ahead of the G20 Finance Ministers’ Meeting that starts in Paris today.

  • Wholesale telecoms carriers move beyond commodity bandwidth

    December 08 2010 4:58 PM

    Wholesale telecoms carriers have a significant opportunity for growth by delivering managed services, according to an independent market analyst firm.

  • Telstra separation hides unpleasant details

    December 07 2010 6:12 PM

    The Telstra (ASX: TLS) separation may seem attractive but it hides some unpleasant realities, some analysts believe.

  • Will Australians accept a carbon price?

    November 30 2010 6:25 PM

    Some analysts believe the Australian prime minister's attempt to set a price on carbon will fail despite Julia Gillard yesterday declaring 2011 a year of delivery and decision for her Government.

  • Fund managers sentiment for equities rises

    September 16 2010 4:17 PM

    The most recent HSBC Fund Manager's survey showed a sharp increase in the outlook of fund managers towards equities.