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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 58,000 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading

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Unrepresentative Swill

Like most Australians, I have in recent times voted above the line in the senate — after all the ballots don’t even fit in the booths anymore. From time to time I even shopped the vote about a little – … Continue reading

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blog holiday

I am taking a blog-holiday … I don’t expect to post much over the next few weeks. Should be back to normal service mid July.

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April jobs? … best in a while

The April employment report has led the the predictable ‘we was robbed’ response from many of those who got the May meeting wrong. I got the April RBA meeting wrong too, but you won’t read that assessment below. Rather, i … Continue reading

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Federal ALP wipes itself out

I am a big fan of Mark the graph’s blogs (both his election blog and his currently ‘paused’ economics blog). I have been watching his work to gauge the impact of the ALP’s odd leadership non-contest. There is probably enough … Continue reading

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March RBA – watch the tone

The March RBA meeting has the feel of a ‘dead rubber’, with only 3.5bps of easing priced (a 14% chance) and a sense that there needs to be a big shift in either direction for the RBA to move from … Continue reading

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Jon-fish-Bernanke

The WSJ’s Jon Hilsenrath has an amusing note in which he plays Bernanke’s Babel-fish. You can read Jon’s note, or the speech for what Bernanke said. I’ve only left in what Jon says Bernanke meant – for that’s the message … Continue reading

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Fed exit outlines – slower buying, no selling

The WSJ’s Hilsenrath just published a review of the debates being had about how the Fed steps back from its current policy stance (85bn per month of bond buying). The two topics for debate are the pace of purchases — … Continue reading

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Does fiscal dominance menace the fed?

A friend who attended a conference in the USA reported back that he was surprised by how uncomfortable many monetary policy heavy-hitters were with the current fiscal-monetary policy regime. Given this, i guess it is not all that surprising that … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 33,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this … Continue reading

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