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Markets Today: US blanket ban on Iranian oil

The Trump administration announces an end to waivers for nations buying Iranian oil.

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Enhanced yields from corporate bonds

High net worth and sophisticated investors are increasingly looking to corporate bonds as a way to preserve capital while delivering higher yields than cash or government bonds.

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Green bonds reaching the mainstream

Sustainable bonds are appealing to a wider set of investors as the market develops, a recent conference was told.

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IN FOCUS: Infrastructure

Deterioration in conditions in most states, with current momentum negative. Household sector weakness evident, investment still ok (outside mining), while agri. facing easing prices and needs rain. Housing sector downturn, population growth centred on the eastern states, agricultural prices easing.

As anticipated, the Coalition delivered an election Budget – but the headline tax cuts only hit in 2022-23. Meanwhile, questions abound about the Government’s optimistic forecasts and just how stimulatory this Budget is.

The budget announces $100b of infrastructure spending over the next 10 years.

Days out from the Federal Budget, there have already been several leaks about what it could hold. Here’s the low-down on what to expect.

INSIGHTS, TRENDS AND CASE STUDIES

The Trump administration announces an end to waivers for nations buying Iranian oil.

Deterioration in conditions in most states, with current momentum negative. Household sector weakness evident, investment still ok (outside mining), while agri. facing easing prices and needs rain. Housing sector downturn, population growth centred on the eastern states, agricultural prices easing.

Conditions continue to ease and confidence turns negative

China delivered some more positive results in the last 24 hours.

Credit surge keeps growth stable in Q1, but will the taps stay on?

Join NAB’s Head of FX Strategy, Ray Attrill as he sits down with Phil Dobbie to discuss the recent release of NAB’s updated FX forecasts.

The OECD suggests China’s stimulus measures may only offer short term benefits but the markets are happy to ignore the long term impacts.

The AUD/USD traded in a tight range of just 1.65 cents in March, the narrowest range since August 2014 and closed the month at 0.7096, essentially right back to where it started.

Sustainable bonds are appealing to a wider set of investors as the market develops, a recent conference was told.

Australia recently experienced one of its largest booms on record in residential investment, driven by new construction as renovations to existing homes inexplicably languished. The Weekly analyses.

Crashing cars: how deleveraging has hit China’s automotive sector

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