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16 Aug 2021

Sustainable Finance Update: August 2021

A look at what’s been happening in the sustainable finance market – in Australia and abroad.

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20 May 2021

Backing growth of the Australian hydrogen industry

Hydrogen holds great promise in decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors in the transition to a low carbon economy, as Australia’s trading partners ramp up their commitments to net zero.

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6 Jul 2021

Rethink, Reset 2021: Building Back Better in Infrastructure

A look at how industry leaders are changing their behaviours across the infrastructure cycle from investment to planning to delivery.

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16 Aug 2021

China’s economy at a glance – August 2021

China’s Delta outbreak likely to slow growth in the near term

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IN FOCUS: Sustainability

NAB’s second Renewables Survey shows the transition to renewable energy by Australian businesses remains slow but there’s a growing recognition of the social and reputational benefits.

The pandemic has added to the sense of urgency around sustainability challenges the world faces. More than ever, investors are interested in ESG. But what tools are required to do it well?

Along with its many challenges, climate change is set to deliver forward-thinking farmers a huge opportunity.

A look at what’s been happening in the sustainable finance market – in Australia and abroad.


There have been quite a lot of moving parts to the price action overnight.

Strong economic growth in Q2 is set to falter in Q3.

COVID restrictions hit retail in August, building on existing imbalances in China’s economy.

The lift in equities appears to be a case of ‘buy the dip’ with an absence of any positive news flow apart from the very second-tier Empire Fed Manufacturing Survey which surprised sharply to the upside.

A near term hit to GDP before the recovery continues.

Our data mapping points to another retail sales fall in August.

The market was looking for an ease in US CPI readings and in the end the figures delivered a bit more than expected

At the Fed’s annual Jackson Hole conference, markets understandably reacted to US Fed Chair Powell’s speech which effectively significantly divorced tapering from rate hikes.

It has been a slow start to the week with little in the way of market moves outside of commodities. Markets overall appear to be in a holding pattern ahead of US CPI figures tonight and the FOMC next week . The S&P500 swung between small gains and losses to finish up 0.2% after five consecutive days of losses, helped along by energy stocks.

After a positive APAC lead, equities came under pressure again on Friday night following news the Biden administration was considering a new investigation into Chinese subsidies and their damage to the US economy

As expected, the ECB will moderate its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program (PEPP) bond buying pace in Q4 with its December meeting now a key event. China makes historic sale of oil reserves weighing on oil prices.

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