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  • What businesses are looking for in Australia's budget

    Jennifer Westacott, CEO Of Business Council of Australia (BCA), wants the government to outline a clear savings strategy and a narrative on the future of Australia's economy.

  • Australia budget: What you should know Monday, 11 May 2015 | 6:50 PM ET

    Australia's budget will be about propping up sub-par economic growth amid weak commodity prices rather than the traditional fiscal discipline, analysts say.

  • Australia's long path back to budget surplus   Monday, 11 May 2015 | 6:50 PM ET
    Australia's long path back to budget surplus

    Phil O'Donaghoe, senior economist at Deutsche Bank, says the federal budget could see a deficit of 37 billion Australian dollars and expects Australia to only return to surplus in 2023 or 2024.

  • Australia's federal budget 2015: What to expect   Monday, 11 May 2015 | 6:47 PM ET
    Australia's federal budget 2015: What to expect

    Australia will deliver its 2015-16 budget late Tuesday, with the Abbott government hoping it makes the grade after last year's spending cuts were not well received. CNBC's Matthew Taylor reports.

  • Could China weaken yuan to prop up economy?   Sunday, 10 May 2015 | 6:32 PM ET
    Could China weaken yuan to prop up economy?

    While there's a risk that the yuan could be weakened to support the economy, China still prefers interest rate and RRR cuts for now, says Sean Callow, senior currency strategist at Westpac Bank.

  • When insects attack—and inflict billions in damage Saturday, 9 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    An exit hole is damage caused by an adult Asian longhorned beetle emerging from an infested tree.

    Behind blossoming flowers and fields of fruit lurk a hungry threat that has crawled and eaten its way through much of the U.S.

  • China exports, imports fall sharply in April Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 10:07 PM ET

    China's exports and imports tumbled in April, dashing hopes of a seasonal rebound and underscoring concerns over the spotty trade picture in the world's second biggest economy.

  • Why Aussie dollar strength will be short-lived   Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 10:46 PM ET
    Why Aussie dollar strength will be short-lived

    Saktiandi Supaat, head of Global FX Strategy at Maybank, expects the Aussie dollar to rise to the resistance level of $0.8265 next week, but he remains bearish on the currency in the long run.

  • NAB is taking 'preemptive action': BBY   Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 10:31 PM ET
    NAB is taking 'preemptive action': BBY

    Brett Le Mesurier, director of Financials Research at BBY, explains why National Australia Bank's announcement of a $4.4 billion rights issue isn't just about capital raising.

  • Dow’s auditor alleged ex-CEO misused company funds Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 12:41 PM ET
    Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer of Dow Chemical Co.

    Former Dow CEO Andrew Liveris is accused of using his position to finance his lifestyle and boosting a charity that burnished his fame in Greece.

  • Sell Aussie dollar at 80 US cents: ANZ   Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 9:31 PM ET
    Sell Aussie dollar at 80 US cents: ANZ

    Khoon Goh, senior FX strategist at ANZ, explains why the jump in the Aussie currency following the Reserve Bank of Australia's statement on Tuesday will be short-lived.

  • Is the RBA's easing cycle over for now?   Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 12:32 AM ET
    Is the RBA's easing cycle over for now?

    Paul Bloxham, chief economist for Australia & NZ at HSBC, says upbeat comments from the Reserve Bank of Australia means the central bank could keep rates on hold for the rest of 2015.

  • If RBA cuts rates, how low will Aussie dollar go?

    With markets already pricing in a rate cut, the Aussie dollar will only weaken slightly if the central bank lowers interest rates on Tuesday, says Felicity Emmett, head of Australian Economics at ANZ.

  • Australian official: Ties with Indonesia still strategic

    Steven Ciobo, parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, discusses the relationship with Indonesia after the execution of two Australian drug convicts.

  • Rate cut is the only option for RBA: Expert   Monday, 4 May 2015 | 9:32 PM ET
    Rate cut is the only option for RBA: Expert

    Amid a weak domestic economy, the Reserve Bank of Australia has to "do its job" by cutting interest rates, says David Bassanese, chief economist of BetaShares Capital.

  • A RBA rate cut will pave the way for this   Monday, 4 May 2015 | 6:19 PM ET
    A RBA rate cut will pave the way for this

    A rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia will serve as a prelude to growth forecast downgrades in Friday's quarterly statement, says Ben Jarman, senior economist at JP Morgan.

  • Should markets worry about Westpac's bad debts?   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 10:32 PM ET
    Should markets worry about Westpac's bad debts?

    TS Lim, financials analyst at Bell Potter, says a fall in bad debt charges raises questions about the quality of Westpac's earnings.

  • Why a RBA rate cut is the 'sensible thing to do'   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 10:14 PM ET
    Why a RBA rate cut is the 'sensible thing to do'

    The Reserve Bank of Australia will likely cut rates this week amid economic headwinds and the Aussie dollar could see more volatility, says Tony Nash, vice president at Delta Economics.

  • Commodities are entering a 'sweet spot': ANZ   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 7:44 PM ET
    Commodities are entering a 'sweet spot': ANZ

    Daniel Hynes, commodity strategist at ANZ Research, attributes a rise in investor appetite for commodities to factors like a weaker U.S. dollar and easing moves from China.

  • Westpac shares could fall after earnings miss: Pro

    With Australia's major banks priced for perfection, Westpac's minor miss on expectations will see its shares come under pressure, says David Ellis, head of Australian Banking Research at Morningstar Australasia.