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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:11 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. SOCAM SLASHES CHENGDU PRICES BY 30% IN SCRAMBLE FOR CASH Socam Development, an affiliate of Shui On Land cut prices by 30 percent at a housing project in central Chengdu last week as the troubled real estate company struggles against slumping sales and falling prices. YUEXIU PROPERTY PLANS $495M […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Why the media loves calls for a market crash – Above the Market The buyback boom is slowing – Pragmatic Capitalism How is the Global Market Index doing? – Capital Spectator Peter Thiel on diversification - Reading the Markets North America: Key measures show low inflation – Calculated Risk […]

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Political Owl Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:01 Source

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Political Owl Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 22:51 Source

Take notice of the opinion polls and you would think that the Abbott government is going backwards in public support.

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En Passant Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 22:20 Source

With Scotland’s referendum on independence coming up this week, the threats from England’s rulers are becoming more frantic, writes Independent columnist Mark Steel.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 21:19 Source

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Political Owl Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 19:52 Source

On the eve of the vote in Scotland, a “No” vote has shortened again as the favoured outcome.2014-09-17_scotlandindicator

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 19:44 Source

Some of the more refined souls around these parts mourned the passing of Macworld magazine last week. The masthead survives in online form, if survival you can call it, but the print issue is a dead parrot. It's a shame. Some great journo's worked at that mag, and a suprising amount of podcast talent came out of it, not always to talk about Apple.

Jason Snell, who runs my favorite fun-media* podcast The Incomparable, wrote for Macword for a couple of decades. He's become something of a podcast mogul on the side, and now has a shiny new blog as well.

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En Passant Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 19:28 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 18:51 Source

MaddAddam (2013) is the third book in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian trilogy about a world in which the human race has been all but destroyed by a pandemic. The first two are Oryx and Crake (2003), which I reviewed here, and The Year of the Flood (2009), reviewed here.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 18:08 Source

Earlier in the year, then Assistant Treasurer. Arfur Sinodinos told ICAC that he didn’t know about individual donations and wasn’t really all that sure what he did for being paid vast amounts of money to sit on a board that had something to do with water. As ICAC isn’t allowed to water board in the hope of getting more information, it was pretty much left at that.

But Arfur is a decent sort of chap and it was decided – by him or someone – that it would be best for everyone if he stood down till this messy business was sorted out or until the public’s memory was as faulty as a Liberal Premier’s recollection for bottles of Grange.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 16:11 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia has been fairly subdued, which is expected given the magnitude of the overnight risk event, although the same can’t be said for the ASX 200 which has been sold off fairly aggressively . The reaction in US trade to the speculation that the People’s Bank of […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 16:01 Source

From ANZ: A general restriction which applies to all coal limits ash content to 40% and sulphur to 3%, with more rigorous conditions according to energy content and coals which travel beyond 600km from either port or mine. Lignite consumed within the 600km threshold will need to have ash below 30% and sulphur below 1.5%. The document also spells out limits […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 15:51 Source

From CBA today: SLF is a short‑term liquidity tool The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) launched Short‑term Liquidity Operations (SLO) and Standing Lending Facility (SLF) in early 2013.  SLOs, similar to regular Open Market Operations (OMO), are repurchase operations with a maturity of less than seven days.  SLFs, by contrast, are collateralized lending with a maturity […]

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Your Democracy Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 15:07 Source

sydney no-show storm

As I was dozing awake, I went, yet again, through the motions of global warming. A + B = C + (x)... Sorry, I am boring, aren't I?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 14:58 Source

By Leith van Onselen Fairfax is reporting today that Netflix is poised to enter the Australian streaming market, locking-up an exclusive deal to screen the new TV series Gotham: Providing the biggest hint yet that Netflix is preparing to launch locally, the US-based company has secured exclusive Australian subscription video on-demand rights to the highly […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 14:29 Source

Melbourne-based CSPV developer wins energy section of Australian Technology Competition, as well as People’s Choice award.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:57 Source

The news gets worse and worse for the coal industry, but the smart investors have already bailed from the sector. Despite this, Australia continues to bet the future of its economy on a commodity in terminal decline, and turn its back on the technologies of the future.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:57 Source

The news gets worse and worse for the coal industry, but the smart investors have already bailed from the sector. Despite this, Australia continues to bet the future of its economy on a commodity in terminal decline, and turn its back on the technologies of the future.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:45 Source

By Leith van Onselen As H&H has pointed out, Former Treasurer Peter Costello, made some good points today about the challenges ahead for the economy and property but he also backed-up Joe Hockey’s poor effort yesterday, claiming that there is no housing bubble because there is a shortage of supply. From The AFR: “For a […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:40 Source

From The Age: At a property industry event in Sydney on Wednesday, the former treasurer said Australia’s luck was “beginning to run out”, the country had big questions to grapple with in the near future. “We’ve got anxious consumers who are saving money, with real wages falling in a country where incomes have peaked. And […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:35 Source

Victorian energy minister Russell Northe describes federal Treasurer Joe Hockey's latest anti-wind comments as 'unhelpful,' not the view of Vic Coalition.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:16 Source

NZ Green Party want 100% renewable energy target by 2050, in addition to several other measures in the clean transportation and energy efficiency domains.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:06 Source

Google's 17th renewables investment will put $145m towards the development of an 82MW solar project being built on a former oil and gas field.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:04 Source

A major obstacle to Germany’s going “green” has been the necessity of using conventional power plants to back up intermittent renewable energy sources.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:03 Source

From Xinhua: To maintain China’s economy at a medium-to-high growth speed and upgrade it to the medium-to-high end, China must bring the “new-type urbanization” program, a strong engine, into full play, said Li at a meeting on urbanization. In March, China’s State Council unveiled the New-Type Urbanization Plan for the 2014-2020 period in an effort […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:51 Source

All the latest polls give Labor a clear lead over their Coalition opposition. In fact the latest Essential poll shows disapproval on every issue except foreign policy and Labor has a 53% to 47% two-party-preferred lead.

You might ask what then Bill Shorten is doing wrong. In spite of a clear lead in the polls he has of late come under fire for his inability to cut through as Opposition Leader. Even on the pages of this blog he has been criticised for an inability to confront his opponent, communicate policy or at least differentiate it.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:48 Source

From the AFR: J Capital’s query lies with Fortescue’s inventory. It noted that Fortescue’s iron ore holdings at port more than quadrupled to 9.7 million tonnes as of June, up from from 2.1 million tonnes in June 2013. It says Fortescue’s port stockyard can only physically hold 3 million tonnes and that Fortescue has stated […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:45 Source

The last year in which there were no additions to coal power generating capacity in the U.S. was 1998.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:30 Source

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