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Commodore 64 > Creator dies

MEconomicsMOpinion When Steve Jobs died, there was a mass outpouring of grief for the man who introduced Apple to the world. And while I’m an Apple user, it wasn’t my first experience with a computer or game console. The first piece of computer equipment my family owned was a Sega Master System II. The one … Continue reading

China > Looking elsewhere?

MEconomicsMO Has Australia rested on its laurels for too long? During the global financial crisis, Australia’s economy defied the global trend, continuing to grow, as the world watched with envy. Australia’s interest rates were among the highest in the world, as our resources sector propelled our economy, despite signs other sectors, like retail and manufacturing … Continue reading

Instagram > Instant US$1billion

MEconomicsMO Anyone who thinks they can’t make money during the global economic slowdown only needs to look at Instagram to see that they’re wrong. Instagram is a photo-sharing application. At it’s simplest, it can be used to take a photo with a smartphone, then apply a filter to transform the image, such as a black … Continue reading

$A > Why the sudden decline?

MEconomicsMO So I may have a vested interest in seeing the Australian dollar stay strong. No, it’s nothing sinister. I’m heading to Europe later this year, so I want value for money. Over the past few days, the Australian dollar has fallen against most of the major currencies, including the Euro and the US dollar. … Continue reading

RBA > Waiting for inflation

MEconomicsMO> So, the Reserve Bank has left interest rates on hold once again, at 4.25 per cent. But the odds are it will have to cut next month, giving Tresurer Wayne Swan a welcome pre-budget present. Most of the data leading into the RBA’s decision today pointed to a softening economy. Earlier this week, building … Continue reading