ECONOMIC COMMENTARY

Towards the future of the Australian, Asian and global economies: latest updates on domestic, international and industrial trends from NAB Group Economics.

LATEST FEATURE

Bulk Commodities Outlook: April 2017

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

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NAB Australian Wellbeing Index: Q4 2016

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.

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NAB Quarterly SME Business Survey: March 2017

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

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NAB Quarterly Australian Residential Property Survey: Q1 2017

Australian housing market sentiment jumped to a 3-year high in the first quarter of 2017.

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SURVEYS

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

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

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.

Results from the March NAB Monthly Business Survey point to an overall healthy economy that is gaining momentum, at least in the near-term.

INSIGHTS, TRENDS AND CASE STUDIES

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

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.

China’s income inequality improving but still some long term challenges.

The NAB Quarterly Business Survey generally paints an encouraging picture of both current business activity and the outlook.

We review March 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.

An improving US-China relationship provides a better environment for China’s economy.

In March, the NAB Monthly Business Survey results pointed to an overall healthy economy that is gaining momentum, at least in the near-term.

Geo-political risks fail to dent global reflation…for now.

Get the latest monthly update on housing market conditions around Australia.

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