Australian house prices back from the abyss – seven things you need to know about the Australian property market

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Key points The Australian housing market remains far more complicated than optimists & doomsters portray it to be. Yes, it’s expensive and heavily indebted but talk of mortgage stress is overstated & it’s been undersupplied. The combination of rate cuts, the election and a modest regulatory relaxation have helped turn property prices back up, but […]

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Nine reasons why recession remains unlikely in Australia

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Key points Australian growth is likely to remain weak over the next year. Expect further monetary & fiscal stimulus. However, while the risks have gone up, recession remains unlikely: tax cuts should help growth in the current half year; the threat from falling property prices has receded; infrastructure spending is booming; the low $A is […]

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2017-18 saw strong returns for diversified investors – but there’s a few storm clouds around

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The past financial year saw solid returns for investors but it was a story of two halves. While the December half year was strong as global share markets moved to factor in stronger global growth and profits helped by US tax cuts, the last six months have been messier and more constrained – with US […]

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Women’s Index shows economic progress in FY18 despite H1 setback

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Women’s economic measure finds that Australian women are progressing but it’s a one step forward, two step back march. The latest Financy Women’s Index powered by Data Digger has revealed that the economic progression of Australian women has suffered a disappointing setback and is yet to fully recover from a drop in workforce participation and […]

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Financy Women’s Index shows improvement as #PressforProgress campaign continues momentum for equality

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Female economic measure finds that Australian women are progressing on jobs, super, pay and education but not on boards. More Australian women are taking advantage of opportunities to progress in the economy by engaging in the workforce in record numbers and making educational decisions that align with higher paying careers, the Financy Women’s Index shows. […]

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Australian jobs down (a bit), but full time jobs up and unemployment down too

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Employment fell by 3,900 in August, which was well below market expectations for a 15,000 gain but did follow stronger than expected growth of 26,000 in July. Annual jobs growth has slowed from an unsustainable 3% year on year late last year, but is still solid at 1.5% year on year. Full time jobs rose […]

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Weekly market update – week ending 1 July, 2016

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets rebounded over the past week as worries about Brexit leading to global financial and economic chaos faded somewhat. Despite noise of ongoing political turmoil in the UK, the British share market surged to its highest for the year helped by the plunging British pound […]

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Weekly market update – week ending 15 April, 2016

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets pushed higher over the last week helped by a combination of better than feared US earnings results, good economic data and a continued unwinding of disaster fears from early this year. In fact the US share market is now up 2% year to date. […]

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RBA on hold for the eleventh month in a row, but rising $A seen as presenting complications

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In its Statement accompanying the decision, the RBA again made very little changes and retained an easing bias. However, it did acknowledge the recent improvement in commodity prices and financial markets and dropped the reference to assessing the impact of financial turbulence on the economic outlook. Significantly though the RBA singled out the rise in […]

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Weekly market update – week ending 1 April, 2016

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week The “risk on” rally fired up again in some markets over the last week helped by dovish comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen that pushed the $US and bond yields down and US and Eurozone shares higher. However, Chinese, Japanese and Australian shares fell with worries […]

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