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Macro Afternoon

August 15, 2022 - 16:30 -- Admin

A relatively mixed start o the trading week for Asian stocks in response to very solid session on Wall Street on Friday night, with Chinese stocks the laggards as the USD returns to strength. The Australian dollar has faltered slightly to be just below the 71 cent level while Euro continues to fall going into

NDIS rorters run rampant

August 15, 2022 - 14:00 -- Admin

When the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began to be rolled out in 2016, we warned that it would attract an army of fraudsters middle-men seeking their slice of the multi-billion honey pot on offer. After all, witnessed similar rorting under the private vocational education and training (VET) and pink batts schemes, alongside the rorting

Norway shows Australia the way on gas super profits taxes

August 15, 2022 - 13:30 -- Admin

The Australia Institute’s chief economist and executive director, Richard Denniss, has published startling analysis showing that the Norwegian Government will this year collect $137 billion from their oil industry courtesy of their well designed super profits tax. In turn, Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund will soar to $1.8 trillion – shared among only 5.3 million people.

Chairman Dan gains unassailable election lead

August 15, 2022 - 13:00 -- Admin

Despite mass ministerial resignations/retirements, Melbourne’s seven months of hard lockdowns, mass privatisations (despite promising otherwise), and a raft of corruption scandals, Daniel Andrews’ Victorian Government is headed for an even bigger majority at the upcoming Victorian election: The ALP on 60.5% (up 1% point from early July) has increased its election-winning lead in Victoria over the

Economists back gas reservation and super profits taxes

August 15, 2022 - 12:30 -- Admin

The latest survey of “48 leading economists” by the Economic Society of Australia and The Conversation asked “what other actions could authorities take to bring the inflation rate down?”. The second and third most popular choices related to reining in the gas cartel via domestic reservation and super profits taxes on fossil fuel producers: It’s

RBA rate hikes “super stimulatory”

August 15, 2022 - 12:00 -- Admin

Terry McCrann wrote a strange article in the Weekend Australian arguing that the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) interest rate hikes are actually “super stimulatory” because the real interest rate has fallen: In Australia, at the end of 2021, the RBA’s official cash rate was 0.1 per cent. Inflation for the year was 3.5 per

Global inflation still rising

August 15, 2022 - 11:30 -- Admin

Morgan Stanley with the note. Global headline inflation climbed to 6.7%Y in June vs 6.3%Y in May. Food and energy prices are still main drivers. Global FX depreciation against the US dollar does not help, we analyze the FX pass-through to headline inflation and identify the most-exposed economies. Global inflation is still increasing, and recent

Unions need a new political party to defeat capital’s “Labor”

August 15, 2022 - 11:00 -- Admin

If case you haven’t seen it, Australian real income are in the process of crashing back to 2009 levels: This circumstance is driven by two main factors. Wage growth is weak and inflation is strong thanks largely to imported goods and the over-building of houses and infrastructure, and the energy shock. So, if you wanted

Four variables that will determine Australia’s house price crash

August 15, 2022 - 10:40 -- Admin

Australia’s auction results rallied for the third consecutive week, with the preliminary clearance rate lifting above 60% for the first time since early June after 61.5% of auctions returned a successful result (up 2.0% from last week): The rebound nationally was driven by Melbourne, whose preliminary clearance rate rebounded to 65.5%. This was the highest

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