Factors affecting the world economy 2022

2022 world economy: the big factors to watch closely

- January 20, 2022 5 MIN READ

Will 2022 be the year where the world economy recovers from the pandemic? That’s the big question on everyone’s lips as the holiday season ends and the new year really begins. One complicating factor is that most of the latest major forecasts were published in the weeks before the omicron variant swept the world. At… Read more »

NFTs are speculative and overblown

NFTs are an “overblown speculative bubble inflated by pop culture”

- January 14, 2022 4 MIN READ

Comedian Robin Williams once called cocaine “God’s way of telling you you are making too much money”. This role may now have been overtaken by non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the blockchain-based means to claim unique ownership of easily copied digital assets, writes University of Canberra’s John Hawkins. The latest NFT mania involves fantastic amounts of money… Read more »

Paying more for energy bills than you should
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Your energy bills could be 15% cheaper, if Australia’s regulator was doing its job

- October 1, 2021 3 MIN READ

Evidence suggests that our energy bills are significantly higher than they should be. And that’s because the Australian Energy Regulator is sleeping on the job. If you’re like most Australians, the single biggest chunk of your energy bill — about 40% — goes to a network services company, which owns and operates the transmission lines… Read more »

Delta and economy

3 major economic challenges for Australia’s long-term prosperity

- September 17, 2021 4 MIN READ

The Australian economy is doing well despite Delta, but 3 major economic challenges loom: housing affordability, the tax mix, and decarbonisation. This week the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development published its first Economic Survey of Australia since 2018. It gives Australia good marks for a remarkably good economic response to the COVID pandemic, but… Read more »