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  • Fed officials lack consensus on stimulus | Business Spectator
    but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Fed officials lack consensus on stimulus 18 Oct 2013 5 54 AM Politics International News USA Economy Global News US Economy Interest Rates Fed official Esther George urges Fed to begin cutting its bond buying You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Dow Jones Kansas City Fed president Esther George renewed her attack on the central bank s aggressively easy monetary policy saying the institution should start cutting its bond buying stimulus The benefits of quantivative easing have been quite small and the potential costs of the program grow each month as we buy those assets Ms George said Thursday When it comes to cutting the pace of the Fed s US85 billion per month in bond purchases it would be important to start now to start slowly to allow markets time to adjust to recognize this is likely to be a long process in terms of unwinding the bond purchases Ms George s comments came from a speech before a local group in Oklahoma City She is a voting member of the monetary policy setting Federal Open Market Committee and has over the course of the year carved out a role as the institution s dissident with the highest profile Ms George has feared for some time that Fed bond buying is creating risks of a future inflation surge She also worries that the bond buying which is designed to lower the unemployment rate and boost growth will create new bubbles in financial markets She has had little success bringing other voting members of the FOMC to her view although some regional Fed officials who do not currently have voting slots agree with her The comments came as Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago president Charles Evans said now is not the time to pull back on the central bank s easy money policies illustrating the lack

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  • US Fed to avoid tapering: Fisher | Business Spectator
    18 Oct 2013 3 55 AM 1 Politics International News USA Economy Global News US Economy Interest Rates Federal Reserve official says now is not the time to cut US stimulus You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Dow Jones Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago president Charles Evans says now is not the time to pull back on the central bank s easy money policies I expect our overall stance of monetary policy to remain highly accommodative for some time to come Mr Evans said in the text of a speech to be delivered Thursday in Madison Wisconsin It is not yet time to remove accommodation The data are still not definitive enough to say that now is time to adjust the pace of the Fed s ongoing bond buying stimulus program the official said Mr Evans who is a voting member of the monetary policy setting Federal Open Market Committee has been a consistent supporter of the Fed s US85 billion per month bond buying program which is designed to lower unemployment and push up growth Ahead of the September FOMC meeting however the official had described himself as open minded on the question of whether the Fed should begin to pare the pace of bond buying to reflect the economy s improvement Last month the Fed dashed widely held market expectations to trim the bond buying saying the economy had not performed as well as officials had expected Financial markets were caught off guard and many criticized the Fed for its choice The outlook for bond buying is now in flux in the wake of the government shutdown and borrowing limit battle amid signs the Fed may stay the course on asset purchases to offset the uncertainty created by Washington The shutdown has also broken the stream of government generated data the Fed needs to make a choice on policy Only the data can tell us how much progress we ve made and they aren t saying much right now The data available in September were inconclusive and since then incoming information has been silenced with the federal government shutdown Mr Evans said The central banker repeated that he believes any change in the monthly pace of purchases isn t the critical issue because the bigger issue is the ultimate size of the purchases and the fact that even when the Fed stops buying bonds its large balance sheet will continue to provide assistance to the economy Mr Evans said there s no urgency to raise interest rates and he said that if price pressures remain benign then the jobless rate could go under 6 per cent

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  • USA | Business Spectator
    power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu USA US Fed to avoid tapering Fisher Federal Reserve official says now is not the time to cut US stimulus 3 54am October 18 US deal aids global stability China Comments come after state run media editorial criticising US politicians 3 27am October 18 1 comment No winners in US stand off Obama President warns political dysfunction weakens US calls for long term plan 3 09am October 18 US salvation from a violent storm Now the Republicans have acceded Barack Obama will push for new reforms including legalisation for a vast Hispanic population And Tony Abbott will be taking strategic notes by Robert Gottliebsen 8 00am October 17 15 comments US Senate reaches debt crisis deal Last minute deal puts US on track to end stalemate reopen government but long term solution remains unclear 4 32am October 17 4 comments US Senate reaches last minute deal Deal temporarily raises US debt ceiling fully reopens government hours away from deadline 3 22am October 17 US on brink of possible default Politicians scramble to reach last minute compromise deal as deadline looms 1 34am October 17 Time running out in US debt talks Last minute Senate talks Senate crucial to meeting debt ceiling deadline 12 17am October 17 US debt crisis prompts China rethink Analysts suggest China may diversify away from US amid impasse 12 08am October 17 Why America wants the market to crack Those who desperately want a solution to the US stalemate should be praying for a nasty market fall If that happens Republicans will quickly shift their focus by Robert Gottliebsen 7 54am October 16 53 comments White House rejects US budget plan Latest effort by House Republicans for compromise deal rejected before vote 5 37am October 16 House Republicans mull new plan Republicans could vote on last minute alternative plan to resolve debt crisis 2 32am October 16 US Senators predict budget deal White House meeting delayed to give Senate more time to strike a debt agreement 6 34am October 15 Obama to meet Congress leaders US President aims to stave off the rising threat of an historic US debt default 4 01am October 15 EU warns on US default risk US default would have dramatic consequences for global economy Olli Rehn says 2 56am October 15 The great American atrophy US labour markets R D budgets and private sector confidence

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  • USA | Business Spectator
    Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu USA Lessons in liberalism from New York s left turn New York s new mayor Bill de Blasio promises to tackle the city s growing inequality by taxing the ultra rich Australian politicians should take note of the huge support for his liberal agenda by Michael Gawenda 8 12am January 08 34 comments The latent danger in Abe s amnesia With regional tensions escalating Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe s decision to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine could not have come at a worse time by Peter Cai 11 23am December 30 9 comments Clinton decision next year Hillary Clinton nearing decision on whether to run for president in 2016 5 45am December 20 Wall Street closes sharply lower Dow loses 0 8 S P Nasdaq both retreat more than 1 after US budget deal 8 20am December 12 Volcker rule set for green light Regulators approve tighter US banking regulations from July 2015 4 45am December 11 Obama s wedge between Israel and Iran Barack Obama is hoping Americans strong desire to avoid further wars in the Middle East will help seal a nuclear deal with Iran But staring down Congress Israel lobby will be a tough battle by Gideon Rachman FT 3 07pm November 26 2 comments Iran agrees to nuclear deal Some economic sanctions to be eased as parts of nuclear program halted 7 04am November 25 Yellen closer to taking over Fed US Senate Banking Committee approves Janet Yellen Fed nomination 3 07am November 22 De Blasio dreams of a different New York Bloomberg put the boom back in New York s economy and made it a safer place But the city s new mayor elect has pledged a very different set of promises to address rising inequality in the Big Apple by Mathew Murphy 7 26am November 15 Obama offers health plan fix US president concedes rollout has been flawed offers apology 5 41am November 15 A dose of reality on Obamacare Americans spend more on healthcare than we do see doctors less and won t live as long Despite the estimated advantages of the Affordable Care Act they are also loathe to take their Obamacare medicine by Mathew Murphy 7 29am November 08 6 comments US govt to take loss on GM bailout report Treasury reportedly expects to take US7 9 billion loss on bailout 5 57am October 30 Gillard chastises Obama on Asia US sent really bad message to Asia when it cancelled trip Gillard 5 36am October 25 8 comments Europe furious over US spying claims European leaders unit in escalating row over claims US spied on allies

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  • Australia Post sale has big backers | Business Spectator
    politicians have already come out against the sale with concerns about how it could impact services but Mr Samuel said the fears were overplayed Of course it should be privatised and of course it will be subject to the mother of all scare campaigns Mr Samuel told the AFR We will hear about how it will remove services from the bush but if people look at the arguments rationally they just don t stack up Mr Mortimer meanwhile told the paper the business would continue to improve if in private hands Mr Mortimer was chairman of Australia Post for six years before concluding his tenure in 2012 Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Govt interest bills surging report 13 Jan Abbott to pursue red tape cuts 13 Jan Palmer wants to repeal Newman laws 12 Jan Vic energy minister to step down 12 Jan Trade pact is close Robb More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Ian Macallan Wed 2014 01 08 05 41 Is this the same David Mortimer who got caught up in the list of Australian business people suspected of tax evasion not so long ago and struggled to answer questions about it Upstanding character to make comment about Australia Post if it is even if he did serve time as Chairman Serve time Now there is a thought That aside it will be interesting to see how these two figures below are to be addressed in the pursuit of privatising it Based on a 2011 12 year revenue of just over 5bn there was a 214 million dividend payment made to the Australian Government for that year and a 165 million payment for its community service obligation This does not include any potential tax due on net profit So is there going to be an imposed commitment on the potential new private owners that they must gift for life the same funds pro rata to that years revenue to the government so to preserve its income and not push it to recover this from elsewhere and secondly gift for life the same amount to whomever will take up the community service obligations Will the new private owners also guarantee for life the continuance of unprofitable components of Australia Post as part of the current wider obligation under the Act s which define the charter for Australia Post Will the new owners continue to support the employment of disabled and disadvantaged members of the community as part of their mandate Note Telstra had this as well but it got purged after privatising as did many of the impacted long serving employees who were driven back onto the welfare system Might be worth going to this other article and comments to get further context http www businessspectator com au article 2014 1 6 insurance why public asset

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  • Direct Action won't punish firms | Business Spectator
    coalition s Direct Action plan but instead will offer generous and flexible compliance arrangements Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has told The Australian newspaper the government s Direct Action scheme was not designed to be punitive The government s green paper released before Christmas says the Commonwealth has a clear objective not to raise revenue from companies that don t meet their carbon reduction targets Consistent with this intention in the event that an entity did exceed its baseline there would be flexible compliance arrangements available the green paper says One approach that could be considered would be to set an initial transition period during which compliance action for exceeding baselines would not apply This would enable businesses to make investments in emissions reduction projects potentially with support from the Emissions Reduction Fund The paper suggests other approaches include a multi year compliance period whereby companies could exceed baseline emissions in one year but maintain average emissions in a set compliance period or by allowing facilities to purchase emissions reduction credits to reduce their net emissions within baselines Australia has a national commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by five per cent below 2000 levels by 2020 The Direct Action proposal requires companies to meet individual baseline targets for carbon dioxide emissions Opposition environment spokesman Tony Burke told the paper the plan was a dressed up slush fund which is ineffective and costly The federal government s plan will result in taxpayer funds used to purchase carbon emissions reductions compared to the former Labor government s carbon tax which raises money directly from business Comments on the green paper must be made before February after which the white paper outlining the final design of the Emissions Reduction Fund will be released Print this page Related articles 10 Jan Obama orders review of energy infrastructure 10 Jan Senators look to revive US climate debate 10 Jan PM takes aim at RET again 10 Jan Why not do it again Abbott 10 Jan Marking the milestones of 2013 More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy James Eades Tue 2014 01 07 08 04 Personally and after reviewing the Green Paper I think the Government should be commended for taking this approach it is direct pragmatic logical and deals with the issue of carbon reductions head on The Era of political correctness and pandering to fringe minority groups at the cost of one s economy just for a few votes is now over in Australia Take note world leaders this is a best practice approach and one that wont shift jobs and emissions overseas to Countries that are more than happy to take them Labors oxymoronic carbon tax will go down in history as yet another own goal R Ambrose Raven Tue 2014 01 07 09 19 James Eades is presumably a junior letter

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  • National Affairs | Business Spectator
    providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu National Affairs Abbott must fix small business in 2014 While Australia s worsening economic problems mean some election promises will be trimmed Tony Abbott has no excuse when it comes to delivering his 12 point plan to help SMEs by Robert Gottliebsen 11 02am December 31 29 comments Letter to Robert Gottliebsen In over 30 years of friendship Alan Kohler and Robert Gottliebsen have lived through dramatic change In his final column for 2013 Alan believes the pace of change will only quicken by Alan Kohler 9 24am December 30 118 comments Govt plans FoFA changes report Coalition looking to make major changes to policy put in place by ALP govt 2 16am December 20 6 comments SPC still pushing for govt aid Food processor s agreement to conditions may see it get federal funds report 1 55am December 20 4 comments Aust foreign policy worries China Beijing concerned by shift in foreign policy by Abbott government report 7 14am December 19 39 comments Govt not keen on SPC aid report Cabinet ministers reluctant to back food processor s request for cash 3 18am December 19 17 comments O Farrell grants time on coal licences Holders of tainted licences given one month to convince govt of their worth 11 46pm December 18 WA bids to cut debt State keen to regain triple A rating breaks election promise 11 41pm December 18 Qld budget improving treasurer Tim Nicholls says budget is now fairly stable 11 37pm December 18 Abbott s friendly Senate hangs in the balance Even after the Western Australian recount six right wing non major parties still hold the balance of power in the Senate But the impending High Court challenge could change all that by Robert Gottliebsen 7 03am December 18 31 comments Qantas nears govt deal report Standby debt facility being considered airline s leaders to meet unions today 3 38am December 18 2 comments No guarantees on NBN Switkowski Chair won t guarantee internet speeds Telstra deflects network criticism 11 06pm December 17 7 comments Defence project may need 1bn bailout Govt may have to inject cash into nation s largest defence project report 7 25am December 17 6 comments Switkowski vows to cut NBN cost New NBN Co chair keen to rein in 41bn cost of broadband

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  • National Affairs | Business Spectator
    Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu National Affairs Govt interest bills surging report State and territory govts face 35bn tab boosting need for privatisations 4 50am January 13 3 comments Abbott to pursue red tape cuts PM to start process of slashing red tape with repeal day on March 19 report 4 36am January 13 1 comment Palmer wants to repeal Newman laws Federal MP Clive Palmer says his party will stand at next Qld election 12 54am January 13 2 comments Vic energy minister to step down Nicholas Kotsiras decision allows potential leader Matthew Guy to move to lower house 11 16pm January 12 1 comment Trade pact is close Robb Trade minister says 12 nation deal almost ready to be sealed 11 09pm January 12 4 comments Robb casts doubt on handouts Trade minister suggests company requests for funds may be met with deaf ear report 7 15am January 10 12 comments Cabinet wary on SPC funding Senior MPs concerned about precedent of aid for food processor report 1 52am January 10 1 comment Senate inquiry into audit to hold hearing Commission due to deliver interim report before end of month 4 03pm January 09 Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for by Rob Burgess 8 29am January 09 108 comments MP stirs pot on SPC aid Sharman Stone hopes economic interest considered not just dogma 8 08am January 09 1 comment GM asked to give up Holden SA premier to ask if car giant could offload Aust brand to rival 11 42pm January 08 Abbott s deadly dilemma on electoral reform Tony Abbott finds himself in a tug of war between keeping the minor party dominated Senate pushing through his policies and implementing genuine electoral reforms to prevent the gaming of preferences by Rob Burgess 8 19am January 08 75 comments Lessons in liberalism from New York s left turn New York s new mayor Bill de Blasio promises to tackle the city s growing inequality by taxing the ultra rich Australian politicians should take note of the huge support for his liberal agenda by Michael Gawenda 8 12am January 08 34 comments Political twist to stir dairy battle State and federal govts called to comment on Warrnambool takeover by Blair Speedy The Australian 6 23am January 08 1 comment Govts stare down 64bn windfall Infrastructure Australia analysis shows earnings potential of asset sales report 6

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