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Stephen Bartholomeusz is one of Australia’s most respected business journalists. He was most recently co-founder and associate editor of the Business Spectator website and an associate editor and senior columnist at The Australian.

Russia’s financial lifeline faces a new threat
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Russia’s financial lifeline faces a new threat

Russia continues to find ways to sell its oil and fund the war in Ukraine despite the West’s best efforts to strangle its revenues. But a new plan is being hatched.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz

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Recession alarm bells are ringing as the war on inflation escalates
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Recession alarm bells are ringing as the war on inflation escalates

The RBA and the US Federal Reserve Board are reading from the same playbook. They will do whatever it takes to bring inflation under control, even if it means recessions.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
The ‘crypto winter’ has set in but it may have a silver lining
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The ‘crypto winter’ has set in but it may have a silver lining

The crypto industry is in a wealth-destroying crisis but ultimately it might be a good thing for the sector and the investors who are able to survive it.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
China is trying to revive its economy. We just got a sign it is not going to plan
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China is trying to revive its economy. We just got a sign it is not going to plan

China is desperately attempting to stimulate an economy weakened by its zero tolerance approach to outbreaks of COVID-19. But tumbling iron ore prices send a worrying signal.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Great unknown: Markets brace for turmoil as the Fed unwinds its 14-year experiment
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Great unknown: Markets brace for turmoil as the Fed unwinds its 14-year experiment

The Fed didn’t just raise US interest rates with its biggest hike since 1994. It also made another move that is set to put vulnerable markets under more stress.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Our energy crisis has been a decade in the making. Don’t expect a quick solution
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Our energy crisis has been a decade in the making. Don’t expect a quick solution

The chaos and dysfunction in the national electricity market this week flows from the collision of a number of unexpected events with long-term vulnerabilities.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
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The threat of Europe breaking apart is rising as old ghosts emerge
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The threat of Europe breaking apart is rising as old ghosts emerge

Remember Grexit and Quitaly? The prospect of Italy and Greece exiting the EU has returned as the European Central Bank ramps up the fight against inflation.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
On high alert: Markets a sea of red as they wait for the big reveal
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On high alert: Markets a sea of red as they wait for the big reveal

With markets in turmoil, a critical moment for investors looms at this week’s Fed meeting.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Shock US inflation a rude reality check for already shaken markets
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Shock US inflation a rude reality check for already shaken markets

The Federal Reserve Board meets this week against the backdrop of a shock increase in inflation late on Friday, leaving chair Jerome Powell little choice but to raise rates for the third time this year.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
The whale, the shark and the $635m lawsuit
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The whale, the shark and the $635m lawsuit

A controversial decision by the London Metals Exchange helped save a Chinese billionaire from losing a fortune. But a notoriously aggressive US investor is not happy.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
The World Bank’s gloomy economic outlook might be too optimistic
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The World Bank’s gloomy economic outlook might be too optimistic

The latest World Bank assessment of the state of the global economy and what the future holds makes for depressing reading. It may not have gone far enough.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz