Politics & the Economy

$A falls after Trump comments

The Australian dollar is slightly lower after Wall Street fell, weighed down by comments from US President Donald Trump about the US-China trade talks.

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Santos rejects $14.5bn Harbour bid

Gold steadies as US dollar rally ends

Gold prices have steadied just above their lowest point for the year as the US dollar fell from a five-month high, although risk appetite in the broader financial markets kept the metal's gains in check.

Brent rises on supply concerns

Brent crude prices settled slightly higher on Tuesday after a volatile session in which potential supply concerns surrounding Venezuela and Iran jockeyed with comments from President Donald Trump, who said he was not pleased with US-China trade talks.

Hanson rejects tax cut plan

Federal Labor is demanding the Turnbull government hand over details of the deal it struck with Pauline Hanson to get her support to cut business taxes, a pact One Nation is now reneging on.

$A rises as market confidence improves

The Australian dollar is higher, after US stocks, oil and copper prices gained ground overnight.

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CBA ‘had no ulterior motive for loan default’

Gold prices fall to a 2018 low

Gold price have hit a new low for the year to date after US Treasury Secretary.

Oil rallies on Venezuela supply worries

US crude hit its highest level since 2014 on Monday amid rising concerns that Venezuela's oil output could fall further following the country's presidential election and potential sanctions on the OPEC-member nation.

$A falls after Wall Street's weak finish

The Australian dollar is flat after Wall Street stocks finished Friday's session flat or in negative territory.

Gold rebounds on Italian politics tensions

Gold prices rebounded on Friday, as the US dollar eased after Italian political tension sparked a sell-off in the country's bond markets and investors sought a safe haven in bullion.

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Property cooling spreading

Confidence in China relationship

Australian businesses can be confident that strong personal relationships with their partners in China can help overcome any short-term problems between the governments of the two countries, according to two local business executives with close ties to the Asian powerhouse.

Liberal move divides party

The GST is a potential sleeper issue as WA heads to three by-elections.

Qantas launches cheap flights to Broome

The state government has announced a partnership with Qantas that will provide discounted airfares for flights to Broome in an effort to boost regional tourism.

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Foreign property proposal

Gold flat after hitting 2018 low

Gold was flat after sliding to a fresh 2018 low on Thursday as another rise in US bond yields held the US dollar index near its 2018 peak.

Oil falls back from 3.5-year record high

Oil prices climbed above $US80 a barrel on Thursday for the first time since November 2014, before retreating on a stronger dollar and climbing US output to end unchanged.

$A falls as Wall Street loses ground

The Australian dollar is slightly lower after US stock ground as investors worry over as possible escalation of US-China trade tensions.

Cleaning up, clearing out

Entrepreneur lunch: Navitas managing director Rod Jones recently found a simple way to end in-house confusion about his phased handover to successor David Buckingham.

Business leaders see potential

Entrepreneur lunch: Peter Prendiville, Rod Jones, Gordon Martin and John Rothwell have outlined the challenges they see in diversifying WA’s economy.