Economic data shows corporate profits contributed to inflation in Australia more than wages and employees
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is the latest leading economic body showing the important role historically high corporate profits play in driving up inflation.
The Covid-19 pandemic, war in Ukraine and supply chain crunch are among the biggest factors driving up the cost of living.
As such, inflation—that rate in which goods and service increase—has steadily climbed across many parts of the world.
Policy Director at the Centre for Future Work at The Australia Institute Greg Jericho said the latest modelling shows the crucial role of corporate profits in driving inflation.
“Companies, in a sense knowing this is an inflationary period, are having to increase their prices because of supply side issues and import costs.”
The Australia Institute has previously found companies in Australia and many other industrial countries have taken advantage of the disruptions, shortages, and desperation of the pandemic to push up profit margins far beyond normal levels.
In Australia, corporate profits reached their highest share of GDP ever in 2022.
“Workers are now struggling to catch up to prices, and recover the loss in their real wages. However, the RBA continues to ignore the role of profits in driving prices, while doubling down on its determination to suppress wage growth,” said Dr Jim Stanford, who is from the Centre for Future Work at The Australia Institute.
What will it take for the Fed to cut rates?
Leading economists anticipate a potential shift in the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, shedding light on the timeline for an interest rate reduction.
Financial experts and analysts have closely examined economic indicators, which suggest that a change in the Fed’s stance may be on the horizon. Factors such as inflationary pressures, employment rates, and GDP growth have all been scrutinized to ascertain when the central bank might decide to cut interest rates.
The consensus among these experts is that a rate cut could occur within the next six to nine months. They point to the Federal Reserve’s commitment to maintaining a flexible approach, adjusting policies as needed to support economic stability. With inflationary concerns still looming and the labor market showing signs of recovery, the timing of a potential rate cut remains a key topic of discussion among financial circles.
The Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates can have a profound impact on financial markets, investments, and borrowing costs. As such, investors and businesses are keeping a keen eye on developments in this regard, preparing for potential changes in their financial strategies.
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Bank accidentally deposits $86M into client’s account
A financial institution mistakenly deposited over $86 million into a client’s account, causing shockwaves in the banking industry.
The error came to light when the client, a small business owner, checked their account balance and discovered the astronomical sum. It is being hailed as one of the most significant banking errors in recent memory.
The client, who wishes to remain anonymous, reportedly contacted the bank immediately upon noticing the massive windfall. Bank officials were left scrambling to rectify the error, which has raised numerous questions about the institution’s internal controls and safeguards.
The client’s account, initially holding just a few thousand dollars, suddenly displayed a balance that could buy luxury yachts, mansions, and more.
The incident has prompted investigations by regulatory authorities to determine how such an egregious error occurred in the first place.
While the bank has issued an apology and assured the client that the funds will be corrected to the proper balance, it remains unclear how this mistake could have happened on such a colossal scale.
The financial institution may also face potential legal consequences for the error, as well as reputational damage that could impact its future business.
Tech giants drive global mega-cap surge amid inflation relief
Tech giants have taken the lead in propelling global mega-cap stocks to new heights.
This surge comes as a welcome relief for investors who have been closely monitoring the impact of rising inflation on the financial markets.
The tech sector, including giants like Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft, has been instrumental in driving the rally. These companies have reported robust earnings and strong growth prospects, which has boosted investor confidence. As a result, the market capitalization of these tech behemoths has reached unprecedented levels, contributing significantly to the overall rise in global mega-cap stocks.
The easing of inflationary pressures has played a pivotal role in this resurgence. Central banks’ efforts to tame inflation through monetary policy adjustments have begun to bear fruit, reassuring investors and stabilizing financial markets. As concerns over rapidly increasing prices recede, investors have become more willing to invest in mega-cap stocks, particularly in the tech sector, which has demonstrated resilience in the face of economic challenges.
Will the tech giants maintain their momentum and continue to lead the mega-cap surge, or are there potential risks on the horizon?
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