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Renew Economy Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:19 Source

One of the last advantages touted for the hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) over the battery electric car (BEV) is the speed of hydrogen refuelling vs battery charging.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:59 Source

By Leith van Onselen Who would have thought. When the Government continually floods the labour market with hundreds of thousands of migrant workers, it leads to labour surpluses, greater job competition, and lower wages. This is exactly the outcome described in today’s Participation, Job Search and Mobility, Australia, February 2018 release from the ABS: ABS Chief

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:58 Source

China’s northwestern Qinghai Province taps internet-of-things to run for seven straight days entirely on renewable energy.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:50 Source

This Afternoon (12:30pm AEST) on the live MB Fund Webinar, Mega Trends, has MB Fund Head of Investment, Damien Klassen and Tim Fuller having a look at some of the major global trends that impact the way a money manager invests in stock markets. Rising inequality Baby Boomers Women in the workforce Global debt levels Company tax rates

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen Across the political spectrum there is a low level moral panic about Australia’s low wages growth, which is experiencing the weakest spell in the post-war era: The irony is that some of the politicians lamenting this situation are merely witnessing the outcome of policies they have long advocated. In this space,

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:27 Source

by Chris Becker The reaction to the RBNZ’s extended hold at this morning’s interest rate meeting has been swift with everything crushes the Kiwi dollar – starting with the Yen: Aussie go smash: Euro smoosh: Meanwhile, the PBOC has kept the Yuan selloff contained by holding the reference rate tight again, today’s set at 6.8317

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:24 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Greens yesterday launched a proposal to split-up Australia’s banks: “The Hayne Royal Commission has proven that the foundations of our banking and financial system are rotted through. It’s past time we stopped letting these huge corporations get away with fraud, bribery and other systemic abuses of the customers they

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:00 Source

By Leith van Onselen Dr Bob Birrell and Dr Ernest Healy from The Australian Population Research Institute (APRI) published a report examining the deleterious impact of Australia’s mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy on housing affordability in Sydney and Melbourne. This report found that young Australians were being shut out of housing and that there was

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 09:31 Source

Dr Chris Juttner, says we need nothing less than global action equivalent to the mobilisation for World War Two to keep temperatures below 2 degrees to avoid further climate chaos, and urges Australia to rejoin the battle. 

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 09:30 Source

Via Capital Economics: US tariffs have so far had little effect on Chinese export growth • Chinese export growth held steady last month with few signs of much impact from the first round of US tariffs on $34bn worth of Chinese exports, which came into force on 6th July. Import growth jumped but this has

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 09:17 Source

By Leith van Onselen The latest rental data from the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) was a further kick in the face for Perth landlords (but music to the ears of renters). After showing signs of improvement in the March quarter, Perth’s median house rent retraced by $10 to $350, whereas Perth unit

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 09:11 Source

It is hard to imagine what the Coalition’s strategy will be for the next election. Their corporate tax cuts for big business are on the nose.  Suggesting that someone on $200,000 should pay the same tax rate as someone on $40,000 will also be a hard sell. How can they possibly pursue Bill Shorten for…

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 09:00 Source

We are proud to announce that the company behind the MB Fund, Nucleus Wealth, has been named a finalist in the upcoming IFA Excellence Awards for the category “Innovator of the Year – Company”. Thanks to everyone involved in bringing a unique and tailored, quality investment solution that is typically only reserved for high net

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 08:30 Source

By Chris Becker Another muted night on share markets on both sides of the Atlantic, with scratch sessions the name of the game as traders digest the latest tit-for-tat battles in the ongoing Trump trade war. Oil prices fell back on higher than expected inventories, taking energy stocks down while the USD moved around against all

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 08:20 Source

By Leith van Onselen Yesterday, RBA Governor Phil Lowe gave a speech strongly supporting Australia’s mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ program, whereby Lowe spouted a bunch of benefits (most dubious) without considering the costs. You can read Lowe’s speech here along my initial response, which was scathing. The pro-immigration mainstream media, such as SBS, has been

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 08:13 Source

Via Banking Day: The volume gains made by non-ADI lenders in the investment mortgage market could come under severe pressure in the next few months as APRA begins to loosen the prudential constraints on lending to investment borrowers. Banking Day can confirm that HSBC Australia, Macquarie and People’s Choice Credit Union are among the first

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John Quiggin Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 08:06 Source

In my last post on Wednesday, I said it was time to draw a line against racism and, among other things, to boycott Sky until it cleans house thoroughly.  As it turned out, I had to put up or shut up on this, much sooner than I expected. Yesterday, I was invited (by one of the few decent commentators on Sky) to take part in a debate on the National Energy Guarantee. As readers will know, I’m keenly interested in this topic, and would have liked to have my say, but I had to decline. If this happens enough, perhaps Sky management will take notice.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 07:49 Source

With the royal commission showing that bank staff are busy working out how to keep billing dead customers, or busy coming up with reasons to explain why they have charged fees for services not provided, its no wonder that there isn’t enough time to train staff in Australia properly: No. 1 by a country mile!

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 07:38 Source

by Chris Becker The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) held its monthly interest rate meeting this morning, holding rates again at 1.75%, but substantively changed the language around their key policy guidance. From the source: The Official Cash Rate (OCR) remains at 1.75 percent. We expect to keep the OCR at this level through

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The Tally Room Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 07:32 Source

I’m joined this week by Jill Sheppard (@jillesheppard) and Osmond Chiu (@redrabbleroz) to discuss research into what candidate attributes influence voters’ choices, and profile the marginal seat of Gilmore in southern NSW.

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Your Democracy Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 07:29 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 06:00 Source

August 9 2018 On the same day that Indian-born migrant Akshay Venkatesh was receiving the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics, the Australian born son of Dutch immigrants, mediocre columnist Andrew Bolt was publishing an article full of racist gobbledygook to titillate those on the extreme-right of Australian society. The piece titled; “The foreign invasion” claimed…

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 00:30 Source

by Chris Becker Here’s the latest price update from the iron ore complex: Spot prices pulled back but rebar remains elevated after reaching a six year high before closing higher, but there’s growing concern the breakout in prices is not sustainable against actual demand. More from Reuters:   Rebar hit a high on Tuesday of

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 00:20 Source

From Damien Boey at Credit Suisse: Housing finance approvals data for June came in below expectations. The value of owner-occupier loans fell by 1% over the month, while the value of investment lending fell by 2.7%. We do not yet have the complete lending finance data set, which also accounts for commercial and personal loans.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 00:20 Source

By Leith van Onselen With CoreLogic’s July results reporting another month of falls for Sydney and Melbourne housing, I thought it was timely to take a deeper look at both markets using CoreLogic’s various measures. But first, let’s recap both market’s performance at the aggregate level using CoreLogic’s marque hedonic index. As shown in the

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 00:18 Source

By Leith van Onselen Back in March, Dr Jonathan Sobels – a senior research fellow at the University of South Australia and the author of a key 2010 report prepared for the Department of Immigration entitled Long-term physical implications of net overseas migration: Australia in 2050 – gave a brilliant incisive interview on ABC’s Radio

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 00:15 Source

News broke yesterday morning that ASIC Chairman James Shipton has greenlit the prospect of tactical taskforces to be embedded in our banks (for up to 8 weeks at a time) in an attempt to address the surging and endemic misconduct present in our banking system. Treasurer and chief Royal Commission resister, Scott Morrison, has backed

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 00:15 Source

There was more from the Royal Commission grilling of National Australia Bank yesterday.  “Hopelessly Conflicted” is one term that I’m hoping will catch on: The process that saw NAB’s superannuation trustee NULIS advised by the bank’s wealth management arm was hopelessly conflicted, the Hayne royal commission has heard. Counsel assisting Michael Hodge QC put to

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Taking Tesla Private – Tesla Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund builds $2bn Tesla stake – FT Elon Musk Just Showed Exactly Why Tesla Should Be Private – Bloomberg Inside the bitter divorce war between Sue and Bill Gross – NY Post The devastating cost of central banks’ caution –

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Popular Science Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 17:00 Source

The tech could be used to increase the representation of women scientists on Wikipedia

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