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‘Boomer fantasy’: Why fears of 1970s-style stagflation are indeed misplaced

‘Boomer fantasy’: Why fears of 1970s-style stagflation are indeed misplaced

Only a Boomer who hasn’t been paying attention could worry about a wage-price rise spiral.

  • by Ross Gittins

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Nobbling Afterpay would stifle competition and protect bank profits
Opinion
BNPL

Nobbling Afterpay would stifle competition and protect bank profits

Regulators should think twice before they seek to discourage Afterpay and other buy now, pay later operators.

  • by Ross Gittins
The Fed could make a US recession even worse if it overreacts

The Fed could make a US recession even worse if it overreacts

The US is either in recession already, or probably will be later in the year. The Fed has a tricky road ahead to ensure it is not a deep one.

  • by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Mind the gap: The rich-poor divide on clean power is getting wider
Opinion
Renewables

Mind the gap: The rich-poor divide on clean power is getting wider

Looking at how richer countries are spending money on the energy transition, you might think we’re within reach of bringing climate change under control. We’re far from it.

  • by David Fickling
Recession alarm bells are ringing as the war on inflation escalates
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Inflation

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 man with the Midas touch who became the world’s richest person

The man with the Midas touch who became the world’s richest person

He’s the biggest name in fashion, but you’ve probably never heard of him.

  • by Celia Walden
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Turning the screw: Europe and Russia are both losing the financial war

Turning the screw: Europe and Russia are both losing the financial war

While Russia’s economy has been crippled by sanctions, fears are growing that the next phase of the financial battle will be more painful for Europe.

  • by Tom Rees
Is the era of cheap money over?

Is the era of cheap money over?

To answer this question, you have to ask why the Federal Reserve felt compelled to keep rates so low for so long in the world’s largest economy.

  • by Paul Krugman
The weakness of Putin’s economic show of force

The weakness of Putin’s economic show of force

Vladimir Putin’s appearance at his St Petersburg economic forum was intended to be a show of strength. Instead it neatly laid out every problem his isolated economy is facing.

  • by Clara Ferreira Marques
No pain, no gain: Lowe outlines painful climb to reach peak inflation
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Inflation

No pain, no gain: Lowe outlines painful climb to reach peak inflation

If the RBA manages a tricky balancing act and doesn’t get toppled by imported inflation then RBA governor Lowe will achieve his prediction that Australia will avoid a recession.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
China is trying to revive its economy. We just got a sign it is not going to plan
Opinion
Iron ore

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