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Too many stuff-ups about to put economic reform into reverse

10 April 2017 | The Age

I have bad news and worse for advocates of micro-economic reform. First, the jig is up. There'll be few if any further major reforms. Second, the backlash against mounting wreckage from failed reforms is about to begin.

Since the reform push has degenerated into little more than business rent-seeking – let's cut tax on business and increase it on consumers; let's push the legislated balance of power in industrial relations further in favour of employers – it's neither surprising nor regrettable that voters have called a halt.


How to qualify for a super pension

10 April 2017 | AFR

From July 1 starting a superannuation pension by retiring will become an increasingly popular strategy as individuals seek to leave transition to retirement pensions, or transition to retirement income streams (TRISs).

This is because from that date a TRIS will no longer be tax-free, while assets supporting an account-based pension, which is typically harder to get, will continue to be exempt from earnings tax.

 


BHP drives ASX to two-year high

10 April 2017 | AFR

News that BHP Billiton is being urged by an activist US hedge fund to demerge its petroleum arm sent the miner's shares soaring in late trade and pushed the benchmark index to a two-year high.

Elliot Management, which holds about 4.1 per cent of BHP's London-listed shares, proposed unifying BHP's dual-listed company structure into a sole Australian entity and separately listing the miner's US petroleum business on the New York stock exchange. 




Loan limits firm up Australia's AAA rating but risks remain: Moody's

10 April 2017 | AFR

Australia's prized AAA credit rating could be firmed up by the prudential regulator's moves to target interest-only loans, according to Moody's, but the credit ratings agency remains concerned that elevated household debt may amplify economic risk if housing markets turn sour.



America owes China $1tn. That’s a problem for Beijing, and Trump knows it

09 April 2017 | Guardian Australia


Banks are still lending too much to property owners

09 April 2017 | The Age

Real estate continues to dominate the headlines in tandem with speculation on the future of the housing market as the banking regulator's crack down on interest-only loans begins to bite.

Bank of Queensland chief executive John Sutton was front-page news last week when he revealed that some of his competitors were offering maximum loans of up to 30 per cent more than his bank was prepared to write. He finished with a timely warning: "This will end in tears."


The plot to kill off tough new wage fraud laws

06 April 2017 | SMH

 

Shocking cases of wage fraud in the big brands of 7-Eleven, Domino's, Caltex and United Petroleum, ricochet across the country, prompting all sides of politics to promise new legislation to rein in systemic wage fraud.

Or so we thought.



 


Australian millennials rank second last in global home ownership survey

06 April 2017 | ABC

Is the property market simply out of reach for younger Australians?

Australian millennials were ranked second last in home ownership in a recent survey by international bank HSBC.

The bank surveyed 9,000 millennials — people between the ages of 18 and 36 — in nine different countries.


Former RBA governor Bernie Fraser says penalty rate cut will produce inequality, not jobs

06 April 2017 | SMH

Former Reserve Bank boss Bernie Fraser has savaged the Fair Work Commission's cuts to penalty rates and the Turnbull government's company tax cuts, saying the measures will further entrench inequality but do little to produce jobs and growth.


ASIC head says he's still seeing 'appalling things' at Australian banks

06 April 2017 | SMH

The head of the corporate regulator says he is still uncovering "some pretty appalling things" when conducting surveillance on Australian banks.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission Chairman Greg Medcraft said banks still had a way to go to restore the trust of their customers, and while at a board level banks seem to "get it", on the ground there are still issues.


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