Economy

2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

Investors started 2018 full of hope, with the global economy and financial markets in good shape, but by year’s end they were uncertain and a little anxious about what lay ahead. Markets...
10 Years Ago – The Global Financial Crisis

10 Years Ago – The Global Financial Crisis

Thinking about the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) still puts shivers down my spine and it not something I will ever forget. We have learned the lessons of the GFC in how we approach...
Making the most of a falling Aussie dollar

Making the most of a falling Aussie dollar

One of the major themes for local investors in 2018 is the fall in the Australian dollar, and it’s not just Aussie travellers heading overseas who are affected. Currency movements can...
Have oil prices peaked?

Have oil prices peaked?

Australian motorists are not the only ones hoping that global oil prices have peaked after reaching four-year highs in 2018. Not only do high oil prices flow through to the price of petrol...
Surge in spending ahead of election battle

Surge in spending ahead of election battle

The Federal Government has turned the spending tap back on, signalling the end of the revenue drought since the GFC and the end of the mining investment boom. As widely anticipated,...
2017 Year in review

2017 Year in review

Investors had plenty to smile about in 2017, despite a world of worries on the geopolitical stage from the Middle East to North Korea and the South China Sea. The global economy continued...
Lessons from the GFC – 10 years on

Lessons from the GFC – 10 years on

It’s been a decade since the market crash known as the Global Financial Crisis rocked the investment world. At the time investors could only watch in disbelief as 50 per cent was wiped...
Global markets navigate a sea of uncertainty

Global markets navigate a sea of uncertainty

It’s almost a decade since the global financial crisis created havoc in financial markets. While the global economy continues to show signs of recovery, political uncertainty in Europe...

Federal budget analysis 2017-2018

Getting the right balance Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget of the Coalition’s second term in office marked a significant shift in tone from the tough stance of its three previous...

Australia still punching above its weight

Australia, take a bow. We are on the brink of overtaking the Netherlands’ record for the longest period without a recession and very close to pulling off an even greater feat. Not only...
2016 Year in Review – A global seachange

2016 Year in Review – A global seachange

If 2016 taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected. Britain’s vote to exit the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as the next US President surprised the pundits and...
How to play the Trump card

How to play the Trump card

To say that Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States took the world by surprise is an understatement. Markets hate surprises and uncertainty, so a short-term period of...

Focus on Australia’s credit rating

Global ratings agencies Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s have effectively put the new Turnbull government on notice to reduce the nation’s budget deficit or risk a downgrade in...

Australian growth – Resilient in tough times

‘Resilient’ is perhaps the best way to sum up Australia’s economic performance over the past 12 months. That was the word used by Standard and Poor’s director of sovereign ratings,...

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