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  • The USD Marches On, While AUD Collapses

    The USD Marches On, While AUD Collapses
    The USD is stronger across the board, helped by a steady-as-she-goes FOMC Statement yesterday. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index is 0.6% stronger today. Among the biggest losers is the AUD, with is off by nearly 2.0%.
  • In Focus: Queensland Beef Industry Outlook

    In Focus: Queensland Beef Industry Outlook
    Combined with strong industry fundamentals, Queensland saw significant rainfall during December 2014 and January 2015. In response, cattle prices have risen substantially as producers look to restock. However, despite this optimism, a number of challenges remain.
  • Biggest Issues Facing Australia Today: Special Report

    Biggest Issues Facing Australia Today: Special Report
    NAB has released its first annual pulse check on the big issues facing Australia today. Important concerns include cost of living, access to healthcare, employment, the economy and terrorism/security concerns, while indigenous issues, infrastructure and transport and taxation are lowest.
  • NAB Quarterly Australian Wellbeing Index – Q4 2014

    NAB Quarterly Australian Wellbeing Index – Q4 2014
    The NAB Australian Wellbeing Index fell slightly to 63 points in Q4 2014 (63.8 in Q3). Wellbeing was rated lower for all questions, especially “not anxious yesterday” which fell to its lowest level since the survey started. Wellbeing rated highest in Queensland and lowest in Victoria.
  • Emerging Commodities: Quinoa

    Emerging Commodities: Quinoa
    Since 2008, global quinoa consumption has rapidly increased. In Australia, planting has been concentrated largely in Western Australia. While there are potential benefits from diversification for wheat producers, concerns remain around reliability of yield, weed control and marketing.
  • Indigenous Business Award winner: Amanda Healy

    Indigenous Business Award winner: Amanda Healy
    Amanda Healy grew up on mine sites and worked for some of Australia’s leading mining companies before starting her own business, Maxx Engineering. As winner in the Indigenous category at this year’s Ethnic Business Awards, she plans to use her success to inspire other indigenous women.
  • FOMC Marks Time As RBNZ Drops Tightening Bias

    FOMC Marks Time As RBNZ Drops Tightening Bias
    The USD Index is little changed, but yields are marginally lower after the Fed issued a post meeting Statement repeating it can be “patient” in beginning to normalise monetary policy.
  • Game changer for agribusiness banking

    Game changer for agribusiness banking
    A recent survey of over 5,000 farming customers found that 74 per cent had made changes to their businesses as a result of natural resource sustainability in the past two to three years. NAB is stepping up its recognition of the benefits of sustainable business practices.
  • Secrets of a successful Wagyu farmer

    Secrets of a successful Wagyu farmer
    David Blackmore’s melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu beef is recognised around the world thanks, he says, to a healthy farm and happy cattle. Today his biggest challenge is keeping up with demand from some of the world’s leading chefs and restaurateurs.
  • Australia & the World on two pages – January 2015

    Australia & the World on two pages – January 2015
    Moderate sub-trend global growth continues with a diversity of economic conditions (expansion in US, UK, India and China, weakness in Euro-zone, Japan, Latin America). Falling oil prices should boost global activity, although the impact varies between oil exporting and importing countries.
  • Taking The USD Down A Peg

    Taking The USD Down A Peg
    The USD stands lower this morning against all G10 currencies, on the back of remarkably weak US durable goods orders. The EUR was a key beneficiary, up as much as 1.6% for the day, before paring those gains to sit at 1.1360.
  • Managing change in the fire services

    Managing change in the fire services
    Following her appointment to lead the Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting service across Australia, Michelle Bennetts improved morale and successfully created a more engaged national service of fire fighters, which saw her achievements recognised at the NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards.
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