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

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).

The NAB Monthly Business Survey posted another strong result in April, with both business conditions and confidence improving – pointing to ongoing strength in business activity in the near-term.

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.

INSIGHTS, TRENDS AND CASE STUDIES

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).

A slow start to the year…again.

Now in its 6th year, the index highlights trends in giving and helps inform charities’ fundraising strategies.

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

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

This year’s Federal Budget included some highly anticipated features and some real surprises. We’ve broken it down by sector.

The Federal Budget offered small business measures to boost competition, reduce red tape and extend the asset write-off.

First home savers, downsizers and small business are winners in Federal Budget 2017.

More for business customers and regional areas, but will the promise of red tape being cut ever be realised? Budget 2017 insight.

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.

There are some great wins for business in this year’s Federal Budget. Cindy Batchelor, NAB Business Executive, shares what matters most.

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).

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