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Moments that changed me: Eight business leaders tell – Part 1

Business

For media owner Sam Elam, it was getting robbed. For Oporto founder Antonio Cerqueira, it was finding the right partner. For entrepreneur Anthony Jansen, it was working on his business, not in it. What was the moment that changed them? Eight business owners tell.

Agribusiness
19 May 2017

SproutX boosts agtech innovation with start-up support

Agribusiness

Australia has the talent and the willing investors, so what’s holding our agtech sector back? SproutX General Manager Sam Trethewey discusses a new accelerator program and national co-working space network that could put us on a par with the world’s great innovators.

Economic commentary
26 May 2017

Minerals and Energy Outlook: May 2017

Economic commentary

OPEC deal was extended a further nine months despite low prices.

INSIGHTS, TRENDS AND CASE STUDIES

OPEC deal was extended a further nine months despite low prices.

It’s been a night where oil news took centre stage in the lead up to the end of the week with liquidity likely thinner today/tonight into the US long weekend with the US Memorial Day holiday on Monday.

The peak in the housing construction boom is approaching. ‘Oversupply’ of apartments warrants close monitoring, although various industry constraints will provide an offset.

Belt and Road Initiative – can the reality of the program meet China’s grand ambitions?

The biggest news overnight was the FOMC Minutes, which were interpreted cautiously by the market as confirming the likelihood of a June rate hike, but casting some uncertainty over the trajectory for rates thereafter. The US dollar fell on the news, while bond yields declined.

NAB’s Consumer Anxiety Index – which measures concerns about future spending and savings arising from job security, health, retirement, cost of living and government polices – fell to a survey low 55.9 points in Q1 2017 (58.7 in Q4 2016).

European and US equities have continued to edge higher amid a mild risk positive tone in the overnight session.

It’s been a night of relative calm when all is said and done and not at all resembling the middle of last week.

How much spare capacity is in the labour market?

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