Economic climate


Do some worst-case scenario planning

1:00AM | Friday, 20 January 2012 |  The economy remains tough at the moment. However, some smart scenario planning can ensure that you react to changes in a fast, considered way.

What happens to sustainability when everyone stops spending?

9:56PM | Wednesday, 14 September 2011 |  Times of poor economic activity are often when the best opportunities arise. What can sustainability do for your business, other than trim costs?

Now is a great time to start-up: Economist

8:34PM | Wednesday, 31 August 2011 |  Now is a good time to start a business, despite the major structural changes needed in the Australian economy, according to a leading economist.

Consumer confidence slumps amid financial turmoil

8:26PM | Wednesday, 10 August 2011 |  Consumer confidence has taken another dive as concerns continue to mount about the global economy, but experts say the outlook could get even gloomier as financial markets remain volatile.

Insolvency figures up 5.9% as tough conditions take toll

8:10PM | Wednesday, 10 August 2011 |  Almost 10,000 companies entered external administration in the 2011 financial year, with SMEs among the hardest hit, with a Tax Office crackdown and the strong Australian dollar blamed for a rise in failures.

Stocks plummet as top Aussie entrepreneurs lose out

8:12PM | Monday, 8 August 2011 |  Some of Australia's richest entrepreneurs saw their wealth shrink as stocks tumbled by 2.9% at home, while Wall Street slumped by 6%.

Aus dollar plummets as companies evacuate Tokyo

3:29PM | Thursday, 17 March 2011 |  The Australian dollar has become the world’s second-worst performing major currency since the nuclear crisis that has hit Japan.

Japan braces itself for nuclear disaster

3:37PM | Tuesday, 15 March 2011 |  Japan is bracing itself for a nuclear meltdown after another explosion occurred at a nuclear power plant, triggered by the worst earthquake in the country’s history.

Japanese economy rocked by tsunami, earthquake

3:31PM | Monday, 14 March 2011 |  The widespread Japanese disaster is expected to have a severe knock-on economic impact.

Why isn’t the environment factored into economic growth?

2:01PM | Friday, 18 February 2011 |  In a speech to TEDxMelbourne, Charles Burger of the Australian Conservation Foundation argues that the way we have to measure economic growth will have to radically change in the future.