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Local government – an untapped infrastructure financing market

Given the success of PPPs and privatisations at the Federal and State Government levels, why are Local Governments not in the spotlight?

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Spotlight on Northern Australia infrastructure

The Federal Government is committed to accelerating economic infrastructure investment in Northern Australia. Up to $5bn in concessional loans to accelerate that investment – are available.

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China’s economy at a glance: May 2017

Key indicators a little softer in April, pointing to easing economic growth in Q2.

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Corporate volunteering? Doing well by doing good

Corporate social responsibility sounds like an excellent idea but in practice it often goes straight into the too-hard basket. Here’s how taking your staff away from the daily grind can save your business in all the ways that matter.

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Reimagining Australia’s Future Infrastructure

Australia’s infrastructure isn’t sufficient to meet the expected increase in population. This means we have to think now about what kind of infrastructure Australia needs in the decades to come. NAB Chairman Ken Henry was joined by infrastructure industry experts and leading thinkers to discuss the issues that are central to securing Australia’s future infrastructure.

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IN FOCUS: Infrastructure

Given the success of PPPs and privatisations at the Federal and State Government levels, why are Local Governments not in the spotlight?

The Federal Government is committed to accelerating economic infrastructure investment in Northern Australia. Up to $5bn in concessional loans to accelerate that investment – are available.

It was a busy budget this year for NAB customers, with a wide range of measures from infrastructure to education to Medicare. Alan Oster, NAB Group Chief Economist, shares his view and NAB’s long term growth outlook.

As expected, the centerpiece of this Budget is increased infrastructure spending, a new Housing Affordability plan, Gonski 2.0 and increased emphasis on the “Operating Fiscal Balance” (“good” versus “bad” deficits).

INSIGHTS, TRENDS AND CASE STUDIES

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?

The recovery in US equities continued on Friday and unlike Thursday, European equities also managed to record some gains.

The US market has taken a breather overnight, notwithstanding news very late in the overnight session yesterday that a Special Counsel (Robert Mueller, ex-FBI Director) was being appointed to investigate Russia’s involvement in the election.

It’s been a real night of risk-off emanating from the US and the Twitter sphere going into overdrive over speculation around whether the President pressured James Comey – then FBI Director – to drop his investigation into Mike Flynn, former National Security Adviser, with Russia in the mix.

A slow start to the year…again.

Given the success of PPPs and privatisations at the Federal and State Government levels, why are Local Governments not in the spotlight?

The two most significant development overnight were a 1.0% surge in the Euro (Euro now fetches 1.1089 – the highest since November 9 2016), and continued weakness in the US dollar with the DXY down 0.7% overnight and at its lowest point since just after the US the election.

We review April conditions and recommend overweight exposure in cash and alternative assets, with underweight positions in fixed interest, property and Australian equities, while keeping neutral exposure to international equities.

Wow! If you are looking for a quick wake me up antidote, try playing Metallica at 5:30 in the morning, trust me you won’t go wrong.

Key indicators a little softer in April, pointing to easing economic growth in Q2.

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