Australia helps retail investors buy government bonds

By Cate Long
May 9, 2013

Australia arguably has one of the best individual retirement systems in the world. The government-sponsored system – superannuation – requires mandatory employee and employer contributions to retirement savings. In certain need-based circumstances, the government may also contribute. Australians take funding their retirements seriously, and the government is giving them a powerful new tool to save by moving trading of government bonds onto the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). From the government:

America should focus on rebuilding manufacturing

By Cate Long
March 4, 2013

President Obama shut down his infamous “jobs council” at the end of January after very desultory efforts and no substantive outcomes. Reuters reports on what comes next:

Australia focuses on improving academic resources

By Cate Long
September 7, 2012

A special commission of the Australian government has been hard at work for the last two years examining how to improve the nation’s education system. Their baseline findings say that Australian academic performance had declined, and that more resources are needed. Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported on the findings of the Gonski Commission (named after its chairman businessman David Gonski):