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Deloitte highlights trade tensions with China and lower commodity prices as risks to Qld recovery

According to today’s Courier-Mail, Deloitte’s new Business Outlook report highlights the risks to Queensland’s economic recovery from lower commodity prices and trade tensions with China affecting our commodity, tourism, and education exports. Deloitte also rightly mentions the risk to the … Continue reading

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COVID-19, machine trading & financial markets with Michael Knox – Economics Explained EP27

Why are financial markets swinging so wildly in response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19? Yesterday I spoke with Michael Knox, Chief Economist of Morgans, who thinks it’s related to the machine trading programs which dominate financial markets. Today, I’ve published … Continue reading

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Coronavirus update – next two weeks will be critical in determining impacts

It looks like political leaders are finally recognising the urgency of responding to coronavirus, with President Trump declaring a national emergency in the US and Australia cancelling mass gatherings. It’s about time. This is a huge public health threat with … Continue reading

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Coronavirus conversation with former Qld Gov’t biologist & Treasury official Paul McFadyen

Yesterday I spoke with my good friend Paul McFadyen, a now-retired former Queensland Government biologist and Treasury official, about coronavirus and how governments should respond to it and crises more broadly. In our conversation, Paul recalled his experience during the … Continue reading

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Coronavirus is massive shock to China with growing flow-on impacts on Qld economy

Modern-day stoics such as Tim Ferriss recommend you avoid regular news updates as they can distract your focus and increase your anxiety. There is much truth in this, particularly on days like this when you learn the latest news about … Continue reading

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CCIQ Coronavirus interview – Chief Economist “very concerned” about potential impacts

The Courier-Mail‘s alarming story on Thursday Coronavirus to cause chaos for Queensland businesses prompted me to get in touch with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) to seek a briefing on what they’ve learned from their various information … Continue reading

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Coronavirus and the Qld economy

Despite all the bad news on coronavirus, the RBA Board, which left the cash rate unchanged yesterday, and financial markets, which are currently rallying, seem pretty relaxed about the potential economic impacts of the virus. While equity prices are lower … Continue reading

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China’s demographic future could be even worse than currently projected

China is a major influence on the Queensland economy given the large value of our coal exports, so we should be paying close attention to how China’s poor demographics will affect its future economic growth. China’s unbalanced population, with lots … Continue reading

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Global population trends on Economics Explained podcast

There are currently around 7.7 billion people in the world. The UN is projecting global population will increase to 9.7 billion by 2050 and to nearly 11 billion by 2100. Obviously, this projected growth raises a range of economic, social, … Continue reading

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Economics of Infrastructure with Craig Lawrence podcast discussion – Part 2

I’ve just published part 2 of my Economics Explained podcast discussion on the economics of infrastructure with Craig Lawrence, Managing Director of Brisbane-based Lytton Advisory: Economics of Infrastructure – Part 2 Craig Lawrence has three decades of experience as a … Continue reading

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