Economics

If the stigma around bankruptcy diminishes, rogue bankrupts could become less concerned about the consequences and creditors could suffer greater losses.

Bankruptcy exclusion period: will dropping it to one year really improve economic growth?


Three experts forecast what the top issues will be for global business in 2019.

Business forecast 2019: the top issues


A perfect storm of ageing populations, low interest rate environments that stymie compound interest, and high government debt is placing enormous pressure on many retirement systems.

Retirement: future-proofing your nest egg


The term “shadow bank” was initially coined in the US, just before the onset of the 2008 global financial crisis (GFC), to describe the risky mortgage-backed securities structures set up by banks to offload unwanted loans from their balance sheets.

Shadow banks: a disaster in the making?


The Australian Government’s long-awaited equity crowdfunding reforms have finally been passed.

New era for equity crowdfunding


The first incarnation of Singles’ Day as a retail event in China didn’t take place until 2009, when Alibaba got on board.

China’s Singles’ Day: why November 11 is the world’s biggest retail event


Brian Forde believes developing countries will move into cryptocurrency adoption ahead of developed countries.

Brian Forde: Bitcoin and blockchain can restore trust


Don’t be fooled into thinking people are data-driven – they’re just fishing for data to support the decision they have already made.

How behavioural economics can transform accountant/client relationships


Accountants should remember that they will remain the “anxiety transfer experts” for clients, allaying fears and concerns and delivering insights into their business.

Accountants and AI: adapting to the digital future


The Malaysian Government is forecasting that the budget deficit will grow to RM53.3 billion in 2018 from RM40.3 billion in 2017.

Malaysian budget highlights: 3 key areas of focus


The Pikachu Outbreak event in Yokohama, Japan.

Pokemon v Redbubble heads for round 2


Three experts debate whether reverse mortgages are a good idea for Australia's retirees.

Are reverse mortgages a good idea for retirees?


How can a smart business avoid the potential negative effects of a trade war?

How trade wars change business


One reason to shop small: 42 cents of every dollar spent in a small business flows back to the local community.

6 reasons to shop small


There’s no universal route to financial security in retirement, but there are common steps in the journey. One way to start is with a financial life plan.

Why a 'financial life plan' is better for you than a 'retirement plan'


Data from Deloitte Access Economics estimates that GDP per person in Australia is close to A$5000 higher due to the digital economy.

Digital economy raises tax questions


Interest rates are pivotal in a world of high debt levels.

Lower for longer? Outlook for global interest rates


Despite a slow start, the number of electric cars on Australian roads is set to increase significantly.

Electric cars pose threat to tax revenue


The bright-line test is a clearly defined rule that leaves little or no room for varying interpretations.

Understanding the bright-line test


“Ethical” investments are consistently outperforming their more traditional counterparts in the broader market - busting the myth that doing good necessitates financial sacrifice.

Does ethical investment pay higher returns?


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