Weekly market update – week ending 6 December, 2019

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets were mixed over the last week with falls in the US and Europe on trade war fears and mixed economic data, but Japanese shares rose on fiscal stimulus plans and Chinese shares rose too. The Australian share market fell back from record highs taking […]

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Frugal Aussies are making the hard choices

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Perspectives on spending Consumer trends: We are travelling less, buying fewer cars, spending more on insurance and winning the battle on high electricity and gas budgets. But we are using public transport and services like Uber more often, cutting back a bit on gambling and buying more clothes. The findings are obtained by analysing the […]

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Review of 2019, outlook for 2020 – the beat goes on

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Key points 2019 saw growth slow, recession fears increase and the US trade wars ramp up, but solid investment returns as monetary policy eased, bond yields fell and demand for unlisted assets remained strong. 2020 is likely to see global growth pick up with monetary policy remaining easy. Expect the RBA to cut the cash […]

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Shoppers wait for the sales; Record trade surplus

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International trade; Retail trade Retail trade: Retail trade was flat in October. The annual growth rate fell from 2.5 per cent to a 2-year low of 2.1 per cent. Foreign trade: The trade surplus fell from $6.85 billion in September (previously $7.18 billion) to $4.5 billion in October. Australia has recorded 22 successive monthly trade […]

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The Big Issues for 2020

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The big issues of 2020 For the past 18 years we have produced “The Big Issues” report – a report that has sought to highlight the issues that are expected to influence the economy and financial markets over the forthcoming 12 months. This is not a crystal ball gazing exercise. The aim is not just […]

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Insight Multi-Asset update – week beginning 2 November, 2019

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Market and economic review  With news flow on the signing of a ‘Phase One’ deal between the US and China sparse relative to prior weeks, instead we will mainly focus on this week’s data releases. With Thanksgiving on Thursday, the end of the week was rather quiet with the release of data from the US […]

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Weekly market update – week ending 29 November, 2019

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets rose over the last week helped by optimism regarding a US/China trade deal and mostly okay economic data with US shares reaching a new record high. Australian shares also broke out to a new record high helped by the positive global lead with strong […]

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Insight Multi-Asset update – week beginning 25 November, 2019

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Market and economic review With little data to focus on in the early part of last week, and following on from our recent updates, markets continued to be dominated by the ebb and flow of news on the trade war between the US and China. Towards the end of the week, preliminary PMIs were released, […]

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Record weekly lift in national petrol price

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Weekly petrol prices  Petrol prices: According to the Australian Institute of Petroleum, the national average price of unleaded petrol rose by a record 10.9 cents last week to a 4-week high of 153.0 cents a litre. But prices in east coast capital cities are now easing from cyclical highs. Movements in the petrol price can […]

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Weekly market update – week ending 22 November, 2019

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Most share markets fell over the last week as uncertainty about whether the US and China will agree a Phase One trade deal ramped up amidst a range of conflicting reports. This comes at a time when markets are vulnerable to a consolidation or correction after […]

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