Major economic thinkers believe Europe is trimming its fiscal excesses too rapidly. But if their cuts are overdone, Kevin Rudd's rush back to surplus is clearly all about the coming election.
Defeat of the great big bank tax
How ironic that Treasurer Wayne Swan has played such a visible role in South Korea in opposing the G20's new bank tax, while at the same time working so hard back home to force through the mining tax.
A wealth of better platforms
The debate about investment platforms goes to the heart of Australia's financial planning revolution – so, not surprisingly, it's a core issue in the takeover battle between NAB, AMP and AXA.
Australia's double-barrel disaster
The Prime Minister and Treasurer are breaking new ground – no other country has even contemplated loading two guns and shooting itself in both feet at a time of great global uncertainty.
A basis for suing Goldmans?
Basis Yield Alpha Fund's attempt to sue Goldman Sachs over a 'shitty' CDO deal reignites the debate over whether the caveat emptor principle still applies to deals between consenting professionals.
China contagion is nothing to sneeze at
A deflation of China's property bubble will hit the Australian dollar hard and will have serious implications for local banks dependent on offshore funding.
The dollar and the damage done
It's not just the problems in Europe and the resource rent tax behind the plunge in Australian dollar and equity markets – the recent boom in speculative carry trades is also biting.
iPhone, therefore iAd
The launch of Apple's new advertising platform, iAd, might have been eclipsed by the unveiling of iPhone 4, but it could be the beginning of a mobile advertising revolution.
Putting the 'eco' back in economy
A high profile investment banker is leading a study to show why not accounting for environmental damage makes us all dramatically poorer.