Weekly market & economic update – week ending October 31, 2014

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets continued to recover over the past week as QE3 ended in the US uneventfully, US profits and economic data continued to impress and news out of the Eurozone and Japan was a bit better than expected. US shares have now recovered 90% of the

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Chinese growth at five year lows

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Chinese data; Reserve Bank Board minutes; Consumer confidence Chinese economic data: The Chinese economy grew at 7.3 per cent annual pace in the September quarter – ahead of forecasts (7.2 per cent) but the weakest growth in five years. The Chinese economy grew by 1.9 per cent in the September quarter, down from 2.0 per cent

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Weekly market & economic update – week ending 17 October, 2014

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global shares had another rough week on worries about global growth and the Ebola scare continued to build. This saw most share markets fall, but Australian shares having led on the way down managed to rise over the last week as investors started to look for

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Weekly market & economic update – week ending 5 September, 2014

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets were mixed over the last week with Eurozone shares up on the ECB’s monetary easing and talk of a ceasefire in Ukraine, Japanese and Chinese shares up but US shares down partly on worries that strong data might bring forward a Fed rate hike

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Weekly market & economic update – week ending 15 August, 2014

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets generally moved higher over the last week as some soft economic data highlighted the need for continued easy global monetary conditions and as geopolitical risks receded a bit. The Australian share market was also supported by good profit results. Bond yields were flat to

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Lending hits 6½-year high. Petrol at 8-month low

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Lending finance; Weekly Petrol Prices Lending soars. Total lending finance soared by 7.6 per cent in June, underpinned by a 12.1 per cent lift in business lending. Total new lending in June was $72.9 billion – the highest since January 2008. Petrol prices fall: According to the Australian Institute of Petroleum, the national average Australian price

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Weekly market & economic update – week ending 1 August, 2014

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global shares had a poor week with a range of issues reportedly weighing with more sanctions on Russia and worries about the Fed, earnings, Banco Espírito Santo and Argentina’s “default”. This dragged down global shares for July by 1%. While Australian shares got hit on Friday

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Weekly market & economic update – week ending July 25, 2014

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 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets rose on mostly good economic data, continued solid earnings results in the US and an absence of additional bad news regarding either Ukraine or the Middle East. This saw Australian shares rise to their highest since June 2008. Bond yields rose but only slightly.

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Weekly market & economic update – week ending 18 July, 2014

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets had a messy week as good economic data, earnings reports and reduced concerns regarding Banco Espirito Santo helped markets only to see them hit by worries about Ukraine, after a Malaysian Airlines flight was downed, and the Middle East, as Israel launched a

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Weekly market & economic update – week ending 11 July, 2014

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets retreated over the last week on worries that problems at some European banks might spark a return of its debt crisis and nervousness about a possible correction in the US. Most share markets fell, including in Australia and China. Share market nervousness saw bonds

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