Stability in financial markets over 2017 and early 2018 came to abrupt end in recent weeks, with a surge in market volatility and big falls in equity markets and prices for many commodities.

In understanding the drivers of the rise in AUD/USD from 0.75 in early December to above 0.81 in January, higher commodity prices have justified much of the move.

China’s official data may underestimate the strength of growth in 2017.

Steve Killelea, the man behind the Global Peace Index, explains its potential value in helping make investment decisions.

2017 was marked by a return to stability following the volatility of recent times and the rise of innovative new products, especially in the green and social sectors.

Uneven flows – how distortions in China’s data paint a very different picture of global trade.

2017 has proved to be another year of solid US economic growth and more of the same is expected in 2018, helped along by fiscal stimulus.

A good year for the world economy as growth rises above trend.

The Indian economy accelerated in the September quarter, recording a 6.3% yoy expansion.

Australia’s GDP continues to grow in spite of subdued wages growth and consumer spending. Gaining a greater understanding of how these contradictory trends break down across regional and metropolitan areas, as well as consumer spending categories, is behind NAB’s expansion of its Consumer Spending and Cashless Retail analyses.

The connection of Eastern Australia to global LNG markets has seen domestic prices face a wild year.

The Australian beef cattle industry has enjoyed a great run over the past couple of years, with the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) hitting a record over 720c/kg in September last year.

The read on business conditions was extremely strong in the October NAB Monthly Business Survey, with manufacturing posting a strong result despite the recent closure of auto manufacturing plants. The conditions index jumped to a record high, and while confidence is not quite as buoyant, it is holding above long-run average levels.

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