Alan Oster

Alan Oster

Group Chief Economist

“Alan is responsible for NAB’s global economic and financial forecasts”

Alan joined the Bank in 1992 from the Federal Treasury where he worked for 15 years - his special field being economic forecasting and monetary policy. He graduated (with first class honours) in economics from Newcastle University. He also holds a Masters degree in economics from the Australian National University.

Immediately before joining the Bank, Alan was the Senior Adviser in Treasury responsible for economic forecasting and modelling. In 1987 he was seconded for nearly four years as Counsellor-Economic and Financial with Australia’s delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris.

As Group Chief Economist, Alan is responsible for NAB’s global economic and financial forecasts. He is also a highly respected and much quoted commentator on Australian and global economic trends and policy issues.


Verdict: See what Alan Oster makes of #Budget2016

Listen to Alan Oster, NAB Group Chief Economist, provide his Federal Budget Preview for 2016.

In this video Alan Oster talks about Australia’s “Sharing Economy”.

In this video, Group Chief Economist, Alan Oster discusses insights from the latest NAB Monthly Business Survey.

In this video, Group Chief Economist, Alan Oster discusses insights from the latest NAB Quarterly SME Survey.

The falls in global oil prices over the last year or so are fundamentally a reaction to oversupply in global markets – as US new oil supply comes on board, OPEC puts the squeeze on profitability of new sources of supply by refusing to cut production.

In this video Alan Oster discusses the opportunities for SMEs in 2016.

Alan Oster talks to the reasons behind his optimistic economic outlook for Australia in 2016 including the benefits in the investment in the mining sector and consumer confidence.

Alan Oster talks to the economic outlook for Australia and whether we are heading for a recession.

Many Australians dream of a financial windfall that would significantly improve their lives forever, but how much is enough? In this special report, we ask over 2,000 Australians to tell us how much they need.

There have been some volatile shifts in the global economy recently, prompting pessimists to declare that there’s a 50–50 chance of Australia going into recession. However, a closer look at the numbers behind the forecasts shows there’s plenty of reason for optimism.

Australian’s are feeling less anxious underpinned by lower stress associated with retirement funding, cost of living, job security and health. And for the first time, NAB’s Consumer Anxiety report sheds light on spending behaviours across states.

Alan Oster discusses the impact the budget will have on consumer sentiment and business confidence, benefits for Small Business and key Agribusiness outcomes.

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