Women face 101 year wait for financial gender equality

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Despite 2020 being a tough year, the financial progress of Australian women is trending in the right direction, but it will still take a century to achieve equality, as systemic issues hamper improvement in the unpaid work gender gap. The Financy Women’s Index fell by 2.3 points (-3%) to 74 points in the December quarter,

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10 medium to longer-term implications from the coronavirus shock

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Key points Key medium to longer-term implications flowing from the coronavirus shock are: lower for longer interest rates; a further blow to globalisation; another leg up in the US/China cold war; bigger government and public debt; a long-term risk of higher inflation; consumer & investor caution; faster embrace of technology; bad for airlines; another test

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The coming surge in Australia’s budget deficit and public debt due to coronavirus – can we afford it?

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Key points Australia’s federal budget deficit is expected to peak at around $200bn in 2020-21, or around 10% of GDP which will be the highest since the end of WW2. This will see net public debt nearly double as a percentage of GDP over the next few years. However, the budget stimulus is necessary to

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Australian house prices back from the abyss – seven things you need to know about the Australian property market

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Key points The Australian housing market remains far more complicated than optimists & doomsters portray it to be. Yes, it’s expensive and heavily indebted but talk of mortgage stress is overstated & it’s been undersupplied. The combination of rate cuts, the election and a modest regulatory relaxation have helped turn property prices back up, but

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Nine reasons why recession remains unlikely in Australia

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Key points Australian growth is likely to remain weak over the next year. Expect further monetary & fiscal stimulus. However, while the risks have gone up, recession remains unlikely: tax cuts should help growth in the current half year; the threat from falling property prices has receded; infrastructure spending is booming; the low $A is

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2017-18 saw strong returns for diversified investors – but there’s a few storm clouds around

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The past financial year saw solid returns for investors but it was a story of two halves. While the December half year was strong as global share markets moved to factor in stronger global growth and profits helped by US tax cuts, the last six months have been messier and more constrained – with US

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Women’s Index shows economic progress in FY18 despite H1 setback

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Women’s economic measure finds that Australian women are progressing but it’s a one step forward, two step back march. The latest Financy Women’s Index powered by Data Digger has revealed that the economic progression of Australian women has suffered a disappointing setback and is yet to fully recover from a drop in workforce participation and

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Financy Women’s Index shows improvement as #PressforProgress campaign continues momentum for equality

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Female economic measure finds that Australian women are progressing on jobs, super, pay and education but not on boards. More Australian women are taking advantage of opportunities to progress in the economy by engaging in the workforce in record numbers and making educational decisions that align with higher paying careers, the Financy Women’s Index shows.

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Australian jobs down (a bit), but full time jobs up and unemployment down too

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Employment fell by 3,900 in August, which was well below market expectations for a 15,000 gain but did follow stronger than expected growth of 26,000 in July. Annual jobs growth has slowed from an unsustainable 3% year on year late last year, but is still solid at 1.5% year on year. Full time jobs rose

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Weekly market update – week ending 1 July, 2016

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets rebounded over the past week as worries about Brexit leading to global financial and economic chaos faded somewhat. Despite noise of ongoing political turmoil in the UK, the British share market surged to its highest for the year helped by the plunging British pound

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