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Australian Markets Weekly: 24 April 2017


Headline CPI picking up in 2017.

13 Apr 2017

Purple is the new black: Why consumers can’t get enough of Bridestowe Estate lavender


A once-neglected lavender farm, Bridestowe Estate is today a global tourist destination, celebrated for the romance and colour of its 200 kilometres of blossoming lavender rows.

Economic commentary
26 Apr 2017

Bulk Commodities Outlook: April 2017

Economic commentary

Short term spike in coking coal masks softer trend for bulks.


Research by NAB shows Australians don’t think about infrastructure projects as just concrete, bricks and mortar, but rather as the services or conveniences that are derived from them. The role of the customer, and their satisfaction, has been a weakness in the infrastructure governance settings for some time.

News of North Korea conducting another (apparently failed) ballistic missile test crossed the wires about 30 minutes prior to the NY close.

After some mis-communication in March, ECB President Mario Draghi chose his words especially carefully and stuck to his script at his post ECB press conference overnight.

Conditions were again strong in essential services including health, property, finance, transport and business services.

It has been a relative quiet session in markets with US politics dominating the headlines.

Sentiment in commercial property markets continues to vary widely across states.

Short term spike in coking coal masks softer trend for bulks.

Australians remain highly anxious. While having more money might solve some of our concerns, it would do little to solve some of the biggest detractors of wellbeing. But, it could help close the “wellbeing gap” between high and low income earners.

Markets have rallied hard on the back of the French Presidential elections on Sunday.

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