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  • India Budget 2014-15

    India Budget 2014-15
    India’s new Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, delivered his maiden Budget on the 10th of July. It was a good document, albeit not a ‘game changer’, and needs to be followed up with further action and implementation. There were positives for consumers, infrastructure spending, real estate.
  • Good first half, but couldn’t be sustained

    Good first half, but couldn’t be sustained
    Equity markets have closed little changed in the US, with early gains wound back later in the session. The Dow closed 3 points lower while the S&P 500 was up 1 point. Good PMI readings in China and Europe saw European markets make moderate gains during the session.
  • Quarterly SME Survey – June 2014

    Quarterly SME Survey – June 2014
    SME business confidence eased again in the June quarter, but is holding up against heightened consumer anxiety with the support of positive sentiment in property and construction. Conditions rose slightly, but are still at levels suggesting sub-trend growth.
  • Your asset allocation guide – July 2014

    Your asset allocation guide – July 2014
    Even though equity prices are high compared to historical levels, we believe equity valuations are not excessive, so equities are still attractive compared to other asset classes. We provide insights on our favoured asset classes and how best to position your portfolio.
  • Monthly Financial Markets Update – July 2014

    Monthly Financial Markets Update – July 2014
    The US equity market posted fresh highs in June, but price support remains good globally and locally, says James Wright, Chief Investment Officer, JBWere. Read more for currency and property news from the NAB FX Strategy team and Nick Ryder, NAB Private Wealth Investment Strategist.
  • Investment Strategy: Rebalance your global equities exposure July 2014

    Investment Strategy: Rebalance your global equities exposure July 2014
    It’s time to revisit your global equity exposure. Following a period of strong performance in international shares, it may be a good time to consider taking some profits and rebalancing your portfolio back to long term target weightings, says Duncan Niven, Analyst JBWere.
  • Managing the rising cost of an ageing population

    Managing the rising cost of an ageing population
    In 40 years, about a quarter of Australia’s population will be over 65. Michael Bassingthwaighte, CEO of Peoplecare, explains how a closer relationship between private health funds and GPs could improve patient wellbeing and manage increasing costs.
  • China Economic Comment – July 2014

    China Economic Comment – July 2014
    The growth in China’s economy over the past thirty years has been extremely impressive, overtaking Japan in 2009 to become the world’s second largest economy. However when measured on a per capita basis, China’s economy still remains comparatively small – within the ‘middle income’ band.
  • Quarterly Agribusiness Survey – June 2014

    Quarterly Agribusiness Survey – June 2014
    The latest National Australia Bank (NAB) post-farmgate Agribusiness Survey reports that the sector remains overwhelmingly optimistic about business conditions over the next 12 months, despite the index falling in the June quarter.
  • Australian Markets Weekly

    Australian Markets Weekly
    The quarterly inflation print is the most important statistic for financial markets in Australia. Several reasons why. First and most importantly the RBA is an inflation targeting central bank and this is their quarterly scorecard.
  • China Economic Update – 17 July 2014

    China Economic Update – 17 July 2014
    In late June, China’s politburo agreed to fiscal and taxation reforms that were outlined at last year’s Third Plenum, setting a deadline for implementation at the end of 2016. These reforms should provide greater transparency and predictability of local government revenues.
  • NAB Quarterly Australian Wellbeing Index – Q2 2014

    NAB Quarterly Australian Wellbeing Index – Q2 2014
    Australian wellbeing falls to its lowest level since the survey began. Anxiety is still the biggest detractor of overall wellbeing. A “wellbeing gap” has emerged between the highest and lowest income earners.
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