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RBA adds former BT director to board
ELIZA BAVIN  |  FRIDAY, 18 DEC 2020
The Morrison government has made two new appointments to the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). Alison Watkins and Carolyn Hewson have been appointed members of the RBA board for a five-year period. Hewson is a former investment banker with ...
Chief economist update: Government spending made money, saved money
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 18 DEC 2020
The Morrison government has released its Mid-Year Economic Financial Outlook (MYEFO), proving the old saying 'You must spend money to make money' right. This quote, generally attributed to Roman playwright, poet and philosopher Titus Maccius ...
Household wealth hits record high
ELIZA BAVIN  |  THURSDAY, 17 DEC 2020
... Australian and global financial markets, as well as a partial recovery of the domestic economy in response to government and RBA policies, and easing social restrictions across most of Australia," Seneviratne said. Residential assets rose $86.8 billion ...
Chief economist update: Confidence unlocks Australia's virtuous cycle
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 10 DEC 2020
... Madison We, Australians all, are in a good place for not only do we have more money thanks to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Morrison government's largesse - but the wherewithal to spend and/or borrow to spend - and the motivation to ...
Super SA to close growth option
ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  TUESDAY, 8 DEC 2020
... objective by Super SA and Funds SA. "Due to the unprecedented easing of monetary policy by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and global central banks, yields for short-term fixed interest securities (defensive assets) have fallen towards zero per cent," ...
We've done our part, now it's your turn: Lowe
ELIZA BAVIN  |  THURSDAY, 3 DEC 2020
Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor Philip Lowe was forced to remind the Standing Committee on Economics that the RBA is not solely responsible for economic recovery and the federal government also needs to pitch in. Lowe explained that while the ...
Chief economist update: Australia is out
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 3 DEC 2020
... the Great Depression of the 1930s. The government for its fiscal support measures - JobKeeper, JobSeeker, HomeBuilder; the RBA for its quick response in providing liquidity; and us, Australians all, for generally following social distancing and lockdown ...
Coolabah to manage Contango fund
KANIKA SOOD  |  WEDNESDAY, 2 DEC 2020
... floating-rate bond fund from Contango Asset Management. The Switzer Higher Yield Fund (or SHYF) will aim for 1.5% to 3% over RBA cash rate on a rolling 12-month basis. The fund will hold at least 25 securities, with a focus on liquidity and low volatility. ...
Council of Financial Regulators monitors ASX, cybersecurity
ANNABELLE DICKSON  |  WEDNESDAY, 2 DEC 2020
... cybersecurity. The Council of Financial Regulators, consisting of APRA, ASIC, Treasury and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), met for its quarterly meeting and acknowledged member concern on market functioning and investor confidence as a result of ...
Chief economist update: David Australia versus Goliath China
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 2 DEC 2020
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept monetary policy unchanged at its December board meeting - the last of 2020 - and for good reason. "In Australia, the economic recovery is under way and recent data have generally been better than expected... ...
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