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Investor Signposts: Week Beginning 30 August 2021

Australia: ‘Spring tsunami’ of economic data A quirk of the statistical schedule is that each change of season is ushered in by a barrage of economic data and events. And there will be more than a dozen indicators released over the week, including the national accounts for the June quarter. But the week kicks-off on…

Deciphering Earnings Reports

For many investors checking out full year financial results is akin to a return to the days spent as the “kids in the candy store” with some money in their pockets. The question for the kids was the same as the question for adult investors – what should I buy and what should I reject?…

The importance of reporting season

August is the month most publicly listed companies report their full-year earnings results. Savvy investors need to cut through the noise by focusing on how well expectations have matched up with reality. Here’s what you need to know about the share market’s ‘confession season’. What is reporting season? Throughout reporting season, publicly listed companies update…

Investor Signposts: Week Beginning 23 August, 2021

Australia: Spotlight on business investment and construction data In the coming week, there are a couple of indicators to be released that are key inputs into the June quarter economic growth (GDP) calculations – business investment and construction work activity. But the week kicks-off on Monday when IHS Markit release the ‘flash’ or preliminary purchasing…

Investor Signposts: Week Beginning 16 August, 2021

Australia: Jobs & wages data hog the spotlight The highlights in the coming week are the all-important July jobs report and June quarter wage figures. But the week kicks-off on Tuesday when the RBA Board issues minutes of the meeting held on August 3. At the meeting the Board left interest rates unchanged, but it…

How sustainable are “fast fashion” businesses?

Find out how some major fashion companies rank in our sustainability analysis. The expression “fast fashion” is used loosely by both consumers and investors. For some it means clothes that are worn once or twice and then discarded. For others it means brands that respond quickly to the latest trends and get the right clothes…

Investor Signposts: Week Beginning 9 August, 2021

Australia: Corporate reporting season and confidence surveys in focus In the coming week, the Aussie company profit reporting season cranks up a gear. In a quiet week on the economic calendar, both consumer and business confidence gauges vie for attention. But the week kicks-off on Monday when the National Skills Commission issues the preliminary job…

Investor Signposts: Week Beginning 2 August, 2021

Australia: Lockdowns to test Reserve Bank resolve In the coming week, the Reserve Bank (RBA) will be front-and-centre of investors’ minds with the Board due to provide updates on its policy settings and latest economic forecasts. But the week kicks-off on Monday when manufacturing purchasing managers’ indexes (PMIs) are issued by both IHS Markit and…

Support to fossil fuel research is more than apparent

Australian governments direct billions to fossil fuel companies. Among the projects funded by Commonwealth and state governments are work on coal ports, railways and power stations, and research into “clean coal” or “coal innovation”. Whether worthwhile or not, this funding is visible and can be debated on its merits, as The Australia Institute has done…

In review: Lessons from COVID-19

Among the many messages is the notable one that competence matters during emergencies but is hard to achieve. Severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, hit Taiwan hard in 2003. The virus tore through several hospitals and Heping hospital in Taipei was hastily closed, imprisoning staff and patients, after the head nurse became one of the…