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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 16:15 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets It looks as though the USD has found its mojo again and this once again is having clear ramifications for other asset classes. US data showed some signs of life yesterday and perhaps the best way to look at this is through the Citigroup economic surprise index

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:44 Source

Not that anyone needs another illustration of WA iron ore ineptitude, but WA premier Colin Barnett is giving us one, from The West Australian: The State Government says it has started the formal process of acquiring land for the Anketell Port project in the Pilbara despite the depressed iron ore market. Premier and State Development

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:40 Source

Panasonic to roll out battery storage for solar in Australia

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:27 Source

SA network operator dares to go where Qld and WA governments feared to tread – higher network charges for solar households. The network justifies this by changing demand profiles, but will also look to shift hot water and pool pump use to daytime to make up for lost demand caused by PV production.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:18 Source

The AFR is reporting that UBS is pushing the local gold sector hard: Gold stocks are set to boom thanks to the gold price and merger activity, with UBS slapping a buy on its entire gold coverage list with the exception of Newcrest. UBS put out the note as the sector enjoys a boost from a wave of mergers

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:18 Source

Legislation to cut renewables target tabled in parliament. Scaled target proposed may favour large scale solar projects in latter years.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:13 Source

America's biggest power utility, Duke Energy, to develop new 2MW lithium-ion battery storage system at old coal plant to help stabilise, regulate the grid.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:10 Source

Report predicts delayed 2nd ERF auction could deliver heavy emitters 76% of funding; for carbon farmers, it's 'game over'.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:05 Source

A compromise RET of 33,000GWh in 2020 agreed between Labor and the Coalition has finally ended the renewables deadlock... Or has it?

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:03 Source

Tesla's lithium-ion technology isn’t the only battery on offer. Here's a quick survey of current battery technologies, and some that are in development.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:46 Source

By Leith van Onselen In the Q&A session to today’s speech, RBA deputy Phil Lowe warned about rising housing risks, which has necessitated regulatory action to slow mortgage credit growth. From The AFR: “My subjective assessment would be the level of risk in bank mortgage portfolios has risen over the past couple of years”… “Household

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:11 Source

By Lindsay David, cross-posted from the Australia: Boom to Bust Blog Ever been on an Australian home lenders website and tested their ‘how much can I borrow’ calculator? Aussie Home Loans seems fine lending $1.014 million to a household with a “pre tax” income of $115,000 (or almost 9x income). Image source (www.aussie.com.au) Aussie may

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:09 Source

by Cameron Murray Property development can be a dirty business, particularly when it comes to land-banking, which is the speciality of Australia’s largest developers. Land-banking involves the speculative buying of large parcels of land that are currently unsuitable for development in the hope of future development potential. But hope alone is not a business strategy. […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:08 Source

Edinburgh Council has revealed plans to install community-owned solar panels on 25 council building rooftops across the Scottish capital.

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New Matilda Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:07 Source

A report by a respected think-tank is being slammed by key players in the solar energy industry. Thom MItchell reports. 

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