Economics

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?


New research shows that Chinese start-ups look, or will soon look, to overseas markets, and many of them are successfully competing against multinational firms operating in China.

Hidden champions, tech underdogs and driving innovation in China


Societal attitudes towards older workers are becoming more positive, and that’s something older workers can use to give them ammunition and confidence.

Don't mention the R word! Strategies for older workers' third acts.


The majority of gamblers lose, so any additional government revenue from taxing winnings would be insignificant.

Should your gambling winnings be taxed?


Green bonds are pitched as delivering green solutions, and sometimes as combating climate change. Yet the effectiveness of green bonds remains in doubt.

How green are green bonds?


Dr Can Van Luc CPA, chief economist at the state-owned BIDV, the country’s second-biggest lender by market value. Image: Boris Zuliani.

Vietnamese economy stands at a crossroads, and Dr Can Van Luc CPA has a front-row seat


Emissions from the Bluescope steel works at Port Kembla, Wollongong, Australia.

TCFD - linking economic and environmental policy


Peter Scutt, co-founder of Mable, a peer-to-peer marketplace for aged care and disability services.

Mable takes a new approach to the age-old issue of eldercare


The transformation of Singapore’s economy during the past five decades has driven rapid economic growth and significant social welfare gains.

The Singapore economy looks to reinvent itself


The CDR will give consumers greater control over their transaction, usage and product data by giving them the option to share it with trusted third parties.

What consumer data rights law will mean for business


Future of digital money


Although accountants have seen some wage growth this year, salaries have not moved much for the last three or four years.

With wage growth slow, will you get a pay rise this year?


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