Economics

The durability of small super funds is seen as another telling sign of inadequate competition.

Supercharged: How high fees eat into super returns


Containers are loaded off a ship and onto trucks at a container terminal in Hong Kong.

Top business issues for 2020


The internet, it seems, is now too deeply ingrained in our society to be assessed with mere money.

How much is the internet worth?


The Mona Lisa is impossible to replace, which cuts to the heart of the issue many accountants face when valuing precious works: how do you put a price on that which has no peer, and a high degree of cultural weight?

Valuing priceless objects: can you put a price tag on heritage assets?


People line up to cast their votes at Moonee Ponds West Primary School, the electorate of Maribyrnong,, on May 18, 2019 in Melbourne.

What does it take to run federal elections? A lot, it turns out.


The new Banking Code of Practice outlines enforceable standards that customers can expect from Australian banks.

Banking Code of Practice tightens rules on bank of mum and dad


Getting fiscal stimulus right for Australia's economy


At 9 per cent of GDP, franchising as a business model is perhaps too big to fail, but it stands on the cusp of significant reform.

Will a stronger franchising code of conduct clean up the sector?


As the world increasingly favours card, online and contactless payments, society is grappling with the implications, good and bad, of a possible cashless society in the near future.

The backlash against contactless payment has arrived


Australians are living longer and due to compulsory superannuation, the superannuation death benefit may be the largest asset in the estate.

Wealth and longevity pose new challenges to estate planning


Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan.

ATO Commissioner Jordan on incorrect tax claims on rental income


Malaysia's government is forecasting that the budget deficit will fall from RM51.8 billion in 2019 to RM51.7 billion.

Highlights of Malaysia's 2020 budget


“There is certainly a lot going in gold’s favour at the moment,” says Daniel Hynes, senior commodity strategist at ANZ Bank.

The price of gold shines again


Australian directors face the greatest potential liability from the impact of climate change on their businesses.

Company directors may be headed for litigation over climate change


Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission Chair Bernard Teague (centre) and fellow Commissioners Ron McLeod (left) and Susan Pascoe (right) listen to submissions at the County Court in Melbourne on 20 April 2009.

Where to next for royal commissions? Try social issues.


The Australian government may provide a guarantee for 15 per cent of the loan for first home buyers, but buyers still have to be able to pay back what they borrow.

New first-home buyers' scheme - good economics or bad?


The ambitious plan to start afresh with a new capital city in Indonesia was announced by President Joko Widodo shortly after he declared victory in the general elections in April this year.

The pros and cons of moving capital cities


From alpha women to generation Z, changing demographics present new challenges and opportunities. It’s up to businesses to research and find ways to reach the new superconsumers.

Welcome to Generation Superconsumer


Spending too much cash could soon become a criminal offence, attracting harsh penalties including jail time and hefty fines.

Black economy legislation could punish innocent cash payments


Even though rates are so low, household debt levels are at a record high. RBA data shows the household debt-to-income ratio has risen from about 70 per cent at the beginning of the 1990s to about 190 per cent now.

Why is Australian consumer confidence so low?


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