Economy

Real-time payments to be launched early next Year

Real-time payments to be launched early next Year

A new payments systems is “on track” to be able to deliver real time bank transfers and the ability to ditch BSB numbers from Australia Day.  While most people take a break over summer, banks will be putting the finishing touches on the biggest overhaul in the payments system in years. removal of ATM fees Treasurer Scott Morrison […]

Bitcoin’s price drops after report China may shut down exchanges

Bitcoin’s price drops after report China may shut down exchanges

The price of bitcoin fell sharply after a report China’s regulators are planning a further crackdown on the digital currency. Bitcoin and altcoins have dropped up to 25% in hours after rumors surfaced. Local outlet Caixin is reporting the Asian country is planning to shut down local bitcoin exchanges, according to a Google translation.  Bitcoin’s price fell 7 percent […]

Australian dollar hits high of US 80 cent

Australian dollar hits high of US 80 cent

THE Australian dollar is sharply up against its US counterpart and well above the 80 US cent mark for the first time in a while.  The Australian dollar has surged against a weaker US dollar following a meeting of the European Central Bank.  The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was down 0.24 per cent at 5,676.1 points […]

North Korea tensions spook share market

North Korea tensions spook share market

The Australian share market is trading lower at noon as the rising geopolitical tensions following North Korea’s latest nuclear test spook investors across the region.  The benchmark S&P/ASX200 stock index was down 0.39 per cent at 5,702.2 points, with all sectors other than materials, gold and telcos weaker.  Markets in Japan, South Korea, Singapore and […]

Low spending boosting the Australian Economy

Low spending boosting the Australian Economy

  Scott Morrison will today launch a strident defence of the government’s fiscal strategy, warning that an earlier than planned return­ to budget surplus risks dampening an economy that is gathering momentum for the first time in ­almost a decade.  The Treasurer will tell the Melbourne Institute/The Australian Economic and Social Outlook Conference that the turnaround […]

Housing bubble fears are overblown

Housing bubble fears are overblown

Soaring home prices in Australia’s biggest cities are driven by strong demand and a lack of supply, rather than indicating a “bubble,” according to HSBC’s local chief cconomist Paul Bloxham. “At a national level, a key reason for rising housing prices has been housing under-supply,” Bloxham writes. “This also suggests that a significant fall in prices, as occurred in […]

Banks drive ASX’s best day in 2017

Banks drive ASX’s best day in 2017

Banks drive ASX’s best day in 2017 Shares had a blistering session on Tuesday, gaining $28 billion in value as banks and consumer discretionary plays led the market to its best day of the year. Investors scooped up financial stocks after a few weeks of savage selling, helped along by news the South Australian Liberals will block the state’s bank […]

Businesses brace for crippling energy bill increases

Businesses brace for crippling energy bill increases

Businesses brace for crippling energy bill increases BUSINESSES will be forced to cut staff or shut down altogether as crippling energy price hikes begin sweeping across the nation this month. The small business lobby group says urgent action is needed to resolve the decade-long national deadlock on energy policy in the face of what’s being […]

Surprise retail sales figures light fire under consumer stocks

Surprise retail sales figures light fire under consumer stocks

Surprise retail sales figures light fire under consumer stocks A surprise jump in retail sales statistics lit a fire under Australia’s beleaguered discretionary retail stocks on Tuesday, making them some of the best performing companies on the ASX’s best day of the year so far. Gain were enjoyed across the sector as JB Hi-Fi shares […]

No hint of hikes as RBA remains on hold

No hint of hikes as RBA remains on hold

No hint of hikes as RBA remains on hold The Reserve Bank remains firmly perched on the fence, leaving the official cash rate unchanged at a record low for an eleventh straight month. The central bank kept the official interest rate at 1.5 per cent, as Governor Philip Lowe pointed to mixed labour market conditions […]