The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Saturday, October 6, 2012

AFR column: On Glenn Stevens and his Putinesque predecessor...

You can read my column in the Weekend AFR for free here. I open up with this paragraph:

A central banking sage says you knew Reserve Bank of Australia cash rate outcomes 30 days before the event under the current governor’s “Putinesque” predecessor. The much more consensus-inclined Glenn Stevens has to preserve price stability with a board heavily influenced by retail, manufacturing, media, and exporting interests.