|Total wages in Australia grew by 2.2% in the year to the December 2019 quarter; unchanged from the previous quarter and the slowest growth rate in close to two years.|
|Japan's economy contracted by 1.6% at the end of 2019, while real GDP plunged at an annualised rate of 6.3%. Economists are expecting a rebound in the March quarter but will it be enough?|
|COVID-19 has captured the world's attention. So much so, that the good tidings promised and hoped for in the second half of 2019 have received scant attention when delivered.|
|The economic impact of the coronavirus has been grossly underestimated, with jolts likely to be felt well into the second quarter.|
|The anticipated weakening in the Chinese economy, plus the recent Morrison government's ban on Chinese nationals and on people who have travelled to China, would negatively impact Australia's external trade account.|
|Latest surveys show an improvement in Australian consumer and business confidence despite concerns over the impact of bushfires, floods and the coronavirus. However, greater analysis reveals a different story.|
|Uh-oh, I may have to put the letters "W" and "R" in front of my last name (Ong) cause that's what my last prognosis for the US economy and the Fed's response is turning out to be.|
|The BOE kept monetary policy unchanged, as widely expected, right on the eve of Brexit and as Mark Carney wraps up as the head honcho.|
|Speaking at the Financial Standard Chief Economist Forum, Grattan Institute budget policy and institutional reform program director Danielle Wood explained the much touted federal government surplus may not be all it was cracked up to be.|
Following its acquisition of a stake in Escala Partners, New York-based Focus Financial Partners is set to buy a slice of Melbourne-based MEDIQ Financial Services.
With the coronavirus, now dubbed COVID-19, impacting not only many lives, but now also the bottom line of some of the world's biggest companies, investors are chasing shorting opportunities to bank big on the pandemic.
A former chair of the SMSF Association has returned for another stint in the top job.
The chief executive of a $5.5 billion industry superannuation fund has spoken out against increasing the superannuation guarantee to 12% in a submission to the Retirement Income Review.
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