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Investor Signposts: Week Beginning December 7 2015

Craig James – Chief Economist (Author) – CommSec Jobs, jobs, jobs ·       The last major Australian economic indicators for 2015 are released in the coming week. In Australia the focus will be on the labour market. In China, trade, inflation and broader economic activity indicators are released throughout the week. In the…

Investor Signposts: Week Beginning November 30 2015

Savanth Sebastian – Economist – CommSec A big week ·       Arguably this is the last big week of economic data with economic growth and a Reserve Bank Board meeting in Australia and pivotal jobs data in the US. ·       In Australia, each change of season is ushered in by…

Investor Signposts: Week Beginning November 23 2015

Craig James – Chief Economist (Author) – CommSec Business investment grabs local attention ·       Another busy week is in prospect with the quarterly business investment figures dominating the economic agenda. In China, no key economic data is expected. And in the US, the economic calendar is well populated in the lead up…

Investor Signposts: Week Beginning November 16

Craig James – Chief Economist (Author) – CommSec Reserve Bank Board minutes and wage data in focus ·         After a busy fortnight, there are only a few economic or financial events to watch in Australia in the coming week. ·         The week kicks off in Australia on…

RBA leaves cash rate unchanged at record low 2%: experts respond

Last week the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to leave the official cash rate unchanged at a record low of 2%, but said there was scope for a rate cut down the line. In a statement on the RBA website, governor Glenn Stevens said: At today’s meeting the Board judged that the prospects for an…

Investor Signposts: Week Beginning November 9 2015

Savanth Sebastian – Economist (Author) – CommSec  Lending data and jobs in focus ·         Another busy week lies ahead with around eight key economic indicators to be released in Australia. ·         The week kicks off in Australia on Monday with the October data on job advertisements from…

Investor Signposts: Week Beginning October 26 2015

Savanth Sebastian – Economist (Author) – CommSec   Inflation dominates the domestic calendar ·         There are few stand-out economic events scheduled in Australia in the coming week. No doubt inflation indicators will dominate the headlines while the CommSec State of the States report will also garner significant interest. In the US the focus will be…

Australia still dragging its feet on climate change

Marc Hudson, University of Manchester A divided government firmly on the back foot ahead of a major climate conference, its green credentials shaky, and riven with bubbling tensions between those who want serious climate action and those resistant to it. Sound familiar? But the government I’m describing is not today’s version, but Bob Hawke’s federal…

Investor Signposts: Week Beginning October 12 2015

Savanth Sebastian – Economist (Author) – CommSec Australia  Monday October 12 *   Lending finance (August) *   Housing, lease, commercial & personal loans Monday October 12 *   Credit & debit card lending (August) *   Most consumers pay credit card debt by due date Tuesday October 13 *   Speech by RBA official *   Speech by Deputy…

All eyes on the Aussie dollar as Australia stalks recession

Lee Smales, Curtin University By not moving interest rates last week, the US Fed has simply added to uncertainty within financial markets. Speaking in front of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens suggested it is only a matter of time before the Fed raises rates. Futures markets are…