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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 07:51 Source

by Chris Becker Time to get out those erasers at Treasury offices around State and Federal capitals again as the iron ore complex returns to its downwards march. Overnight saw a 2% slump in spot prices with 12 month swaps falling below the $50 level, confirming the dead cat bounce and hopes of a recovery.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 07:34 Source

By Leith van Onselen I am fast warming to the Australian Greens under new leader, Senator Richard Di Natale. After recently adopting as policy the quarantining of negative gearing, so that rental losses on both houses and shares could no longer be claimed against unrelated wage/salary earnings, the Greens have backed the Abbott Government’s sensible

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 07:19 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks Previously, real estate investment was dominated by the Northern School and the Southern School. The Northern School were the coal barons who funneled their huge profits into massive real estate speculation. The Southern School were the group buyers from places such as Wenzhou, who would pool their assets and

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 06:49 Source

By Leith van Onselen In this week’s email newsletter, available for free by signing-up here, SQM Research’s managing director, Louis Christopher, outlined why he believes that the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority’s (APRA) curbs on investor mortgages does not appear to be working, and outlines possible further steps that APRA might take: I am getting an

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 06:48 Source

By Leith van Onselen SQM Research has released its rental vacancy data for May, which registered a 0.1% increase in vacancies nationally with vacancies also up 0.2% over the year (see below table). As shown above, every jurisdiction with the exception recorded either no change or a rise in rental vacancies in May. Clearly, the

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 06:47 Source

By Leith van Onselen DFP Recruitment has released its mining and resources jobs index for May, which registered another large seasonally adjusted fall of 4.9% to 53.87, with permanent vacancies down 43.80% nationally over the past year, and by 16.8% over the last quarter (see next chart). Job vacancies continue to follow commodity prices downwards

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 06:00 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Why giving financial advice is difficult - Abnormal Returns Saving investors from themselves - Jason Zweig New NASA data shows world running out of fresh water – WP (next commodity future de jeure) Credit Suisse: the bond bull market is over – BI North America: Jeb Bush: next President

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Digitopoly Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 00:06 Source

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 10.04.55 AMYesterday, the folks at Andreessen-Horowitz released a slide deck on their reasoning why “this time i

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 22:47 Source

By Ross Hamilton

We had a mandate!

History is a curious creature. It is full of interesting stories that reveal all sorts of lessons that with the benefit of hindsight seem to have been bloody obvious but apparently weren’t at the time.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 18:16 Source

The AIMN will be migrating to a larger server, with the move likely to get under way within – hopefully – the next 24 hours or shortly thereafter.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 17:40 Source

Many Croakey readers will know that we recently reached the target to fund the #JustJustice campaign at Croakey, to look at the solutions to over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We will be starting work soon on the...

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 16:49 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia drifts on Greece uncertainty A sense of caution prevails in Asia with some investors choosing to hedge as we head into the eye of the storm on the Greece crisis. While moves in equities have been concerning, currency markets have managed to remain

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Renew Economy Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 15:21 Source

Perth-based Carnegie Wave's CETO wave energy generators selected for shortlist in global Sustainia Awards, for outstanding contributions to a more sustainable future.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 15:15 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Housing affordability, high house prices and rents are attracting plenty of media attention right now. The latest figures on house prices, mortgages, number of first time buyers and so on are dissected by journalists and commentators as if this is an issue of recent origin. In fact what we have here

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Renew Economy Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 15:06 Source

Key IEA report says climate pledges have so far fallen short, extending carbon budget by just 8 months. It has key message for Australia: coal consumption must peak before 2020, Australia's inefficient coal fleet must be phased out, and wind and solar will underpin new investment to meet climate targets.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 15:05 Source

Rooftop solar distribution data reveals some interesting patterns, linking some of Australia's most conservative electorates with high PV uptake.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 15:05 Source

Tesla has installed charging stations in key hotels, shopping centres and car parks in Australia as it builds up its network.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 15:05 Source

Coalition and Labor at dead-lock over wood waste, as Abbott intervention hangs over RET deal and Senate cross-benchers push for delay pending wind inquiry.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 15:03 Source

Our cruel and unusual treatment of refugees has become so ingrained that paying people smugglers is hardly out of character. You can thank the major parties.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 14:04 Source

by Chris Becker For a union currency that faces the near fact that a member State is going to default – imagine what would happen to the AUD if Tasmania went bankrupt – why is the Euro heading higher? Here’s the long term view of the Euro against the USD since the GFC, with an

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 13:50 Source

By Toni Cary

I watched it as it tumbled from the heavily laden canopy and middle boughs of the Candlebark. Snow. It fell silently; an endless cascade of mellifluous melt as part of earth’s lifegiving water cycle. Oh the transcience of it all! And yet, a lifetime held in the mind’s eye. It stains your heart and eyes with its beauteous purity; it enriches your life with its breathtaking offerings of adventure.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 13:29 Source

The survey recorded dramatically different results to those released by the government-funded group.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 13:18 Source

By Leith van Onselen Hillary Clinton, who is a near certainty to run for the Democrat’s next Presidential primary, has spoken out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, urging Democratic congress members not to grant President Obama so-called “fast track authority” to conclude negotiations without gaining a better deal for US workers. Fast track

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 13:05 Source

Access to healthy and affordable food and good health care is a big issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly those living in remote communities. The recent National Rural Health Conference in Darwin has called for a...

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Renew Economy Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 12:28 Source

A copy of Pope Francis’s message exhorting humanity to be better stewards of the planet and to combat issues like climate change has been leaked.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 12:28 Source

The elusive, iPhone-like “coolness” factor missing from the battery storage space is finally here, and costs reductions have been accelerated by 7 years.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 12:10 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released new motor vehicle sales for the month of May, which registered a 1.3% seasonally adjusted decline in the number of sales, but a 0.8% increase over the year, with strong growth in the sale of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) reported (see next table).

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 12:06 Source

By Melanie McCartney

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 11:44 Source

As the Department sat on the report, new allegations of assault and abuse were being recorded.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 11:41 Source

by Chris Becker The RBA have just released the minutes from its June monthly meeting. The AUDUSD moved in a tight 30 pip range on the release and still has a long bias: Here’s the short version: there were diverging trends within the non-mining sector. Investment in some sectors, such as real estate and retail

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