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NAB Group Economics

“A leading team of economists who provide updates on domestic, international and industrial economic trends”

NAB’s Group Economics consists of a leading team of economists who provide accurate, timely and relevant updates on domestic, international and industrial economic trends.

Headed up by the Group Chief Economist, Alan Oster, the team is comprised of three distinct departments:

– Australian economics and commodities
– International economics
– Industry economics

The team publish a wealth of content including reports, surveys, forecasts and indexes.

Recently Published Articles

NAB Consumer Insights – Scams

NAB Consumer Insights – Scams

22 March 2024

How do Australians feel about bank interventions to protect customers & what are they doing to protect themselves?

NAB Consumer Insights – Scams

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NAB Consumer Sentiment Survey Q4 2023

NAB Consumer Sentiment Survey Q4 2023

22 January 2024

The NAB Consumer Stress Index rose for the fifth straight quarter, the highest since Q1 2020 and above the survey average for the first time in almost 4 years.

NAB Consumer Sentiment Survey Q4 2023

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NAB’s World on Two Pages – December 2023

NAB’s World on Two Pages – December 2023

21 December 2023

There was a wide divergence in growth among major advanced economies in Q3 – with strength in the US in contrast to relative weakness in other countries. For Australia, recent data have confirmed that the economy is growing at a well-below trend pace, inflation pressure is continuing to moderate and the labour market has remained healthy.

NAB’s World on Two Pages – December 2023

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Build your commercial broking support base

Build your commercial broking support base

28 November 2023

Commercial broking is as much a business strategy as it is a skill set, writes Chris Thomas, executive commercial broker and equipment finance sales at NAB. Article originally published in Australian Broker on 14/11/23.

Build your commercial broking support base

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NAB’s World on Two Pages – November 2023

NAB’s World on Two Pages – November 2023

24 November 2023

Global inflation slowed in September, including a softening in advanced economy inflation to its lowest level since September 2021. For Australia, we have revised up our forecasts for growth and inflation (in the near-term) while lowering our expected peak in the unemployment rate.

NAB’s World on Two Pages – November 2023

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NAB Education Special Report 2023 (Part 3)

NAB Education Special Report 2023 (Part 3)

30 October 2023

How do young people really feel about life beyond school including their career goals, potential barriers and optimism about the future? Find out more in the latest NAB Education Insights Special Report (Part 3) available for download.

NAB Education Special Report 2023 (Part 3)

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NAB Australian Wellbeing Survey Q3 2023

NAB Australian Wellbeing Survey Q3 2023

27 October 2023

Household financial stress eases after rising for the past 6 quarters as Australians grow more accustomed to a number of ongoing pressures, but financial concerns are still climbing among lower income earners.

NAB Australian Wellbeing Survey Q3 2023

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NAB’s World on Two Pages – October 2023

NAB’s World on Two Pages – October 2023

19 October 2023

Global inflation again picked up in August. A key contributor to recent inflation trends has been energy prices, with oil prices increasing since June. For Australia, our forecasts are unchanged. Recent data all point to continued resilience but the ongoing pass through of higher rates and high inflation still suggest consumption growth will soften in H2 2023.

NAB’s World on Two Pages – October 2023

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The Global & Australian Economic Outlook in Brief: September 2023

The Global & Australian Economic Outlook in Brief: September 2023

22 September 2023

Global inflation was higher in July, although this uptick was not broad based – concentrated in a few key emerging markets. For Australia, our forecasts for GDP growth have strengthened marginally, reflecting a slightly stronger than expected result for Q2.

The Global & Australian Economic Outlook in Brief: September 2023

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Australian GDP Preview Q2 2023

Australian GDP Preview Q2 2023

4 September 2023

NAB sees a +0.5% q/q (1.9% y/y) GDP print for Q2 2023 which will confirm the slowing in domestic demand we have seen across other indicators. Both ABS retail sales data and our own transactions data points to a flat outcome for consumption following 0.2% growth in Q1.

Australian GDP Preview Q2 2023
NAB’s World on Two Pages – August 2023

NAB’s World on Two Pages – August 2023

17 August 2023

Hopes have been raised of a soft landing for the global economy, although a number of headwinds remain. For Australia, our forecasts for GDP growth have strengthened marginally but we continue to expect growth to be well below trend in 2023 and 2024 as the impact of rate rises flows through.

NAB’s World on Two Pages – August 2023

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NAB Australian Housing Market Update: August 2023

NAB Australian Housing Market Update: August 2023

9 August 2023

The national Home Value Index rose 0.7% in July marking a fifth consecutive month in the recovery trend to-date. Since finding a floor in February, the national index is up 4.1%, following a -9.1% decline from record highs in April 2022.

NAB Australian Housing Market Update: August 2023
NAB’s World on Two Pages – July 2023

NAB’s World on Two Pages – July 2023

20 July 2023

Our forecasts for the global economy are largely unchanged this month we expect growth of around 2.8% in 2023 before slowing to 2.7% in 2024. For Australia, we continue to expect quarterly GDP growth to be flat over the next three quarters, with growth of just 0.5% over 2023 and 0.9% in 2024 as the impact of rate rises flows through.

NAB’s World on Two Pages – July 2023

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NAB Australian Housing Market Update: July 2023

NAB Australian Housing Market Update: July 2023

11 July 2023

Australian housing values have moved through a fourth month of recovery with CoreLogic’s national Home Value Index rising 1.1% in June, decelerating slightly from the 1.2% gain recorded in May.

NAB Australian Housing Market Update: July 2023
NAB’s World on Two Pages – June 2023

NAB’s World on Two Pages – June 2023

22 June 2023

After relatively robust growth in Q1, global activity looks set to slow in the near term. For Australia, we are seeing increasing signs that activity is slowing sharply after a very strong period of growth in 2022.

NAB’s World on Two Pages – June 2023

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NAB Australian Housing Market Update: June 2023

NAB Australian Housing Market Update: June 2023

13 June 2023

The national measure of dwelling values recorded a third consecutive rise last month, with the pace of growth accelerating sharply to 1.2%. After finding a floor in February, dwelling values nationally have increased 2.3% in the three months to May, following a 9.2% drop.

NAB Australian Housing Market Update: June 2023

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NAB’s World on Two Pages – May 2023

NAB’s World on Two Pages – May 2023

18 May 2023

Global economic data point to a bounce in growth in Q1, with China providing around 40% of this total. For Australia, we continue to expect growth to be well below trend at 0.7% and 1.2% in 2023 and 2024 respectively – though we have reverted to our previous expected rate call of a peak of around 4.1% and see a material risk that rates reach 4.35%.

NAB’s World on Two Pages – May 2023

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Australian housing market update: May 2023

Australian housing market update: May 2023

11 May 2023

It’s looking increasingly likely that Australian housing values have bottomed out, with CoreLogic’s national Home Value Index having posted a second consecutive monthly rise. April’s half a percent increase, follows a 0.6% lift in March, leaving the Home Value Index 1.0% higher over the past three months.

Australian housing market update: May 2023

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NAB’s World on Two Pages – April 2023

NAB’s World on Two Pages – April 2023

20 April 2023

We continue to anticipate a sharp slowdown in global growth in 2023, while for Australia, there are signs that consumption is plateauing ahead of a likely slowdown later in the year.

NAB’s World on Two Pages – April 2023

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NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: April 2023

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: April 2023

18 April 2023

Australian agricultural commodity prices took another downward turn last month. The NAB Rural Commodities Index fell 3.6% month-on-month on lower beef, lamb, canola, dairy and wool prices. The index is now 19.7% below year-ago levels.

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: April 2023

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Australian housing market update: April 2023

Australian housing market update: April 2023

13 April 2023

After a six-month period where the downwards trend in housing values consistently lost steam, CoreLogic’s national Home Value Index posted the first month-on-month rise since April 2022, up 0.6% in March. Dwelling values were higher across the four largest capital cities and most of the broad ‘rest-of-state’ regions, led by a 1.4% gain in Sydney.

Australian housing market update: April 2023

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NAB’s World on Two Pages – February 2023

NAB’s World on Two Pages – February 2023

23 February 2023

A range of global indicators point to a more positive start to 2023 than we had previously anticipated, leading to an upward revision to our forecasts. For Australia the economy has remained resilient but we see growth slowing sharply later in 2023 and into 2024.

NAB’s World on Two Pages – February 2023

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