Episodes

I want my tax to be tax deductible!  

Is the Fairfax bidding war real? Do we pay ATO employees enough? And is Trump's first budget ludicrous? In this week's episode of The Money Cafe, James Kirby and Alan Kohler try to separate the real facts from the fake news.

The ATO's spectacular scandal, the power play inside Fairfax's takeover, and can markets survive Trump?  

Markets have withstood every Trump bombshell to date, so what would it take for the leader of the free world to destabilise global economies?

Budget 2017: what really happened? Banks, and Australia's biggest property rort  

Alan Kohler and James Kirby reflect on what the 2017-18 budget really means. Has the government picked a fight with the nation's biggest banks?

Good debt, bad debt, a budget that's abandoned housing, and a tragic week for Fairfax  

Alan and James discuss the confusing messaging ahead of an increasingly threadbare budget in this week's Money Cafe, as well as the death spiral that Fairfax has entered.

Budget tips, housing, and - gasp! - could Nine drop cricket?  

As the federal budget draws near, Alan Kohler and James Kirby suggest what should and what will be included, before wondering how long Nine will be willing to hang on to its expensive cricket programming.

Iron ore - the most important guessing game in Australia  

When every five dollars added to the iron ore spot price translates roughly to an extra billion dollars in Australia's budget, the future trajectory of the resource becomes vital. So where to next? Don't ask Treasury, they just work with assumptions, not projections.

Housing tax breaks, Trump  and video games  

What's the most efficient way to ease the pressure on Australia's groaning property market? James and Alan tackle this, and the other urgent issues in the business sector (like the growing trend of professional video game vloggers) in this week's episode of The Money Cafe.

It's time to rethink where Australians invest their inheritances  

If you inherit a bag of money in 2017, where should you put it: property, or the stock market?

Billionaire Solomon Lew, Myer, and the big short that blew up  

It's been a terrible week to be short on Myer, or long on sandalwood. James and Alan discuss a very dramatic few days' worth of business news.

Gas, solar, hydro and batteries - the big arguments around Australian power  

It's been a big week for Australia's energy sector. Alan Kohler and James Kirby discuss the political and financial battles that will decide where you'll get your power in the future.

Too much oil, too few houses, and a few rogue bankers  

Alan and James discuss the looming gas crisis, the continuing climb in Australia's property market, and another round of tough questions for Australia's bank chiefs.

The housing data no one believes, and a seagull crashes Alan's big event  

Alan and James discuss the nonsense figures being thrown around in Australia's housing discussions, the impending pension changes, and a feathered cameo appearance at a big financial event last week.

BHP suddenly finds $11b in savings, and nib puts Medibank to shame  

Is BHP the "worst company in the world"? Alan Kohler explains why he's frustrated by the management at the big Australian, and James Kirby explains how nib is stealing business from Medibank.

Bad pizza, Seven's crash and a lump of coal  

Alan and James discuss Turnbull's true feelings in the renewables debate, and dissect the standout early earnings stories.

The gulf between Fahour's millions, the RBA's rate moves, and the real world  

Is the Reserve Bank of Australia becoming increasingly irrelevant? Did Ahmed Fahour earn his big pay day? James Kirby and Alan Kohler discuss the biggest business news of the week.

The big bully in charge of world markets  

Does history hold any hints as to what the business world can expect from President Trump? James Kirby and Alan Kohler discuss the Donald, the Fed, and the end of free trade in the first episode of The Money Cafe.

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