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  • Volatility on the rise as Hong Kong ups the geo-politics stakes

    Volatility on the rise as Hong Kong ups the geo-politics stakes
    Global equity markets remained on the defensive overnight, held back by some market jitters, the market focussing on protests in Hong Kong (the Hang Seng fell 1.9% yesterday), with China warning other countries not to meddle in its internal affairs.
  • Australian Markets Weekly

    Australian Markets Weekly
    House prices have been rising briskly in Australia since late 2011. They continued to do so at the weekend with RP Data showing that prices were up in nearly all the major cities and auction clearance rates robust.
  • A Tale of Two Numbers

    A Tale of Two Numbers
    The juxtaposition of another significant downside Eurozone data surprise (German IFO) and a major upside surprise for US New Home Sales has – unsurprisingly – pushed the EUR below 1.28 against the US dollar for the first time since 10 July 2013.
  • Australian Markets Weekly

    Australian Markets Weekly
    In their most recent quarterly RBA Bulletin released last week, the RBA published a summary of their business liaison program, how they use that to stay abreast of current business conditions and how it has been invaluable in providing warnings of any sudden changes in the business cycle.
  • USD strength sees AUD fall again

    USD strength sees AUD fall again
    The USD strengthened against all G10 currencies on Friday night, pushing the AUD to a new post-March low of 0.8921, and it has opened up just above that at 0.8935 this morning. The AUD was not helped by a further 1.6% fall in iron ore.
  • Australia, New Zealand and China update

    Australia, New Zealand and China update
    Financial Stability Review, RBA Governor a panellist at the Melbourne Economic Forum and second tier labour market data. Election tomorrow and Trade data next week.
  • Australian Markets Weekly

    Australian Markets Weekly
    Business confidence near multi-year highs yet consumer confidence near multi-year lows. Firms profitability being driven by productivity and constrained labour costs. Household income growth near zero over past two years – near recessionary levels.
  • Monthly Financial Markets Update – September 2014

    Monthly Financial Markets Update – September 2014
    With better US economic data, global markets were stronger in August. Locally, as James Wright, JBWere Chief Investment Officer explains, company reporting season was positive and stocks rewarded for delivering solid earnings, yields or capital management.
  • Financial markets weekly video update

    Financial markets weekly video update
    Key economic insights from this week and the week ahead.
  • Australian Markets Weekly

    Australian Markets Weekly
    The Government Statistician released the Q2 National Accounts last week which showed the economy doing quite well. Or at least a bit better than we feared given mining investment is slumping and commodity prices are falling.
  • Australia, New Zealand and China

    Australia, New Zealand and China
    Australia: Solid employment gain expected on Thursday. NAB Business Survey and Consumer Confidence also released next week. NZ: RBNZ to temper its OCR outlook in Thursday’s Monetary Policy Statement. China: Trade figures, CPI and industrial production.
  • Retail sales growing modestly in 2014

    Retail sales growing modestly in 2014
    Australian retail sales rose 0.4% in July, a good result that builds on the 0.6% growth in June. We were expecting a stronger gain but it nevertheless reaffirms that the negative impact from the Federal Budget on retail spending in May was temporary.
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