CPD: MMT – Free lunch or road to perdition?

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The following article is authored by two investment luminaries from Epoch Investment Partners: William W. Priest, CFA — Executive Chairman, Co-CIO and Portfolio Manager Kevin Hebner, PhD — Managing Director, Global Investment Strategist. The article explores modern monetary theory and whether it’s the saviour of the economy or a pathway to economic damnation. Proponents of... Read more continue reading

Podcast 11: The RBA finally unleashes the bazooka

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If the RBA cutting rates is the entrée for markets this week, then the outcome of the US election is the main course and dessert rolled into one. Tune in to hear Darren Langer and Chris Rands dissect the big picture for global markets and find out why fixed income makes so much sense right... Read more continue reading

Podcast 10: Has the RBA gone too far by not going far enough?

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Despite some industry heavyweights predicting a rate cut, the RBA kept rates on hold for October. What three reasons do Darren Langer and Chris Rands give that could explain the RBA’s decision? And could Donald Trump’s health really impact markets? Find out what this means for your clients, tune in now. Click below to go... Read more continue reading

2020 Australian Federal Budget – Infrastructure spending company

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In the 2020 Federal Budget, the Commonwealth Treasurer announced an additional A$10bn in funding for infrastructure projects over the next four years, increasing the post COVID-19 infrastructure commitment to A$14 billion in ‘new and accelerated’ projects. Importantly, the revised plan is designed to create an additional 40,000 new jobs and stimulate the economic recovery. The... Read more continue reading

Podcast 9: Talk is cheap

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Over the past few weeks, the RBA has started to change its narrative, suggesting that while negative rates are extremely unlikely, they’re not off the table. They’ve also hinted that a new bond buying program could be on the cards. Is the RBA just posturing or is change afoot? Darren Langer and Chris Rands examine... Read more continue reading

Podcast 8: Is Australia ready for more monetary stimulus?

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With Aussie bonds in high demand across the world, a growing demand for a more aggressive fiscal response from the Australian government, and a rise in COVID-19 cases in Victoria and NSW, is Australia ready for more monetary stimulus? Listen to Darren and Chris answer this question and more in episode eight of The Rate... Read more continue reading

Podcast 7: Sting in the tale

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Is the RBA too concerned with front end rates that are aimed at helping the banking sector at the expense of the taxpayer who, ultimately, will be picking up the interest cost of higher bond yields? And what will happen to employment and housing once Job Keeper comes to an end or the lockdowns are... Read more continue reading

Podcast 6: Out of step

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Despite the RBA’s recent monetary and fiscal intervention, a recession still seems to be on the cards. Why is the RBA so unwilling to follow along with more unconventional policy and what are the implications of its ‘play-it-safe’ approach to solving our economic woes? Darren Langer and Chris Rands go looking for answers. Find out... Read more continue reading

CPD: Economic freeze sends US oil price sub-zero

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While reviewing the overnight market on the 21st of April 2020, no doubt we were not alone in taking a moment or two to comprehend the number we saw. West Texas Intermediate, the US benchmark set out of Cushing, Oklahoma, was showing a price for the May contract as low as negative USD 37 per... Read more continue reading

CPD: Fed to go negative? Any idea can seem ‘crazy’ until it becomes fact

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The market is becoming focused on whether the Federal Reserve (Fed) will take rates negative. Admittedly, Powell has thrown a bit of cold water on it by saying that they haven’t considered it, and almost every economist I have read seems to be saying it’s not going to happen. But that doesn’t mean the idea... Read more continue reading