JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Westpac Banking Corp. pushed back their forecasts for when Australia’s central bank will lower interest rates, with the strongest inflation in two years offsetting rising joblessness.
Australia has little fiscal room to cushion a downturn should the global economy retrench, said Stephen Walters of JPMorgan Chase & Co., the only economist to predict the nation’s first interest-rate increase in 2009.
Australia’s Treasurer Wayne Swan, speaking ahead of the release of a major review of the nation’s tax system tomorrow, said “extremely profitable” mining companies are paying proportionally less tax than a decade ago.
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, which has lost more than a third of its partners in recent weeks, saw its merger and acquisition chief and a team of London litigators depart as the price of its bonds slumped in private trades.
Australia’s unemployment rate rose to the highest since 2009, underscoring the challenge newly- installed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd faces as he crafts a re- election pitch centered on economic management.