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Business survey suggests solid near-term activity, despite easing from multi-year high.

The strength witnessed in last month’s NAB Monthly Business Survey continued into January, with both business conditions and confidence jumping to much higher levels.

Prices across the base metals complex have generally been stronger than expected in recent months, prompting some upward revisions to our price forecasts

Business confidence has held up quite well and is remarkably steady given the context of major uncertainties both at home and abroad. That said, the level of confidence has not picked up to reflect the overall strength in business conditions seen over the past year or more.

A free trade zone to expedite Australian food exports into China may soon become a reality. NAB’s Chief Customer Officer believes it’s a game changer for Australian agriculture.

Clare and Keith Mugford have one defining philosophy that’s been pivotal to Moss Wood’s export success over the last 30 years: dedication to absolute quality, from soil to bottle.

The trading partnership between Australia and New Zealand is a strong one. With the earliest trade agreement between the two countries dating back to 1922,

The rise in the USD and short dated UST yields on the back of Fed vice-chair Fisher’s comments over the weekend have been partly unwound in the overnight session.

The Australian dollar has opened this week close to 0.76 US cents, having lost some ground last week amid warnings from several key Fed speakers that the market is under-pricing the chances of a Fed rate hike this year

Europe had a quiet day with many continental countries observing Assumption day. The Stoxx 600 index ended the day flat and the FTSE100 climbed 0.36% aided by another move lower in Sterling.

Spare capacity in the labour market seems to have been an important part of the RBA’s recent decision to lower the cash rate further. The linkage is low wages growth – which reflects this spare capacity – and which, as a key determinant of prices, impacts on the RBA’s outlook for inflation.

Solid growth across the large south-eastern states has become increasingly entrenched over the past year, while difficult conditions in the mining sector are having a more pervasive impact across Western Australia, the Northern Territory and parts of Queensland.

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