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RBA would be right to taper its Quantitative Easing program

There’s a nice article by William McInnes in today’s Financial Review, Economists expect RBA to ease stimulus, which begins:  Economists expect Tuesday’s Reserve Bank board meeting to acknowledge the economy’s surprisingly strong recovery and to signal some tapering of its … Continue reading

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Growing concerns that stimulus and money printing are fuelling inflation

Setting off an inflationary spiral is one of the big risks with the mega-stimulus measures and Quantitative Easing or money printing we’ve seen in the responses of governments and central banks to the pandemic. This month, we’ve seen some higher-than-expected … Continue reading

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Interest rates and inflation with Michael Knox, Chief Economist of Morgans

Jonathan Shapiro has an interesting article in the Financial Review, Why the market has suddenly woken up to inflation, in which he writes: …the lower-for-longer [interest rates] doubters are re-emerging. They believe deliberately slow-to-act central banks in the US and … Continue reading

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Fiscal Stimulus with Fabrizio Carmignani – my latest Economics Explored podcast episode

Fiscal stimulus is very topical worldwide, with the new US President Joe Biden proposing a US$1.9 trillion COVID relief and stimulus package. And, in Australia, there is a debate occurring over how to support the tourism sector once JobKeeper finishes … Continue reading

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Huge swings in Bitcoin value make it hard to believe it will ever replace traditional currencies

The Bitcoin price was getting close to US$20,000 at the end of last month, but has since come down to a bit over US$18,000. In March, it was around US$5,000 (see chart above). There has been a lot of speculative … Continue reading

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Michael Knox on Quantitative Easing as a long-term strategy

Australia’s money supply has surged over the year as the RBA has undertaken Quantitative Easing (QE), electronically printing new money to buy Australian and state government bonds and to lend to the banks (see the chart of M3, a measure … Continue reading

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The Deficit Myth and Modern Monetary Theory – latest podcast episode

I’ve recorded some thoughts on Stephanie Kelton’s best-selling book The Deficit Myth which is popularising so-called Modern Monetary Theory: The Deficit Myth and Modern Monetary Theory – initial views In my recorded conversation with my Adept Economics colleague Ben Scott, … Continue reading

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Paying for the coronavirus rescue measures – Economics Explained EP31 with Joe Branigan

I recorded another Economics Explained podcast episode on coronavirus with my good friend and former Treasury colleague Joe Branigan last night, this time exploring how governments will finance the rescue packages and make up for lost revenue. Here’s a link … Continue reading

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QEW video – the week that was: 27-Jan to 2-Feb-19

First, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Townsville and North Queensland in this challenging time of heavy rain and flooding. Second, below is a slide show (with commentary) I’ve recorded on the economic news of the last … Continue reading

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My comments in “Liberal bloodbath” Diplomat article

Brisbane-based writer Anthony Fensom has written an excellent article at The Diplomat titled Liberal Bloodbath Repels Australian Voters in which he quotes me among other commentators: Similarly, economist Gene Tunny said the 2019 result was already a foregone conclusion, despite … Continue reading

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