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Coronavirus and the Impacts on Global Markets

What have the markets experienced up to this point? Markets have seen periods of high volatility in the past three weeks as investors attempt to evalu...

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September Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty....

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Chart of the week: Australia's economy is still in the slow lane

Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist Sources: Opening Statement to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics RBA...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, September 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.00 per cent.   The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable,...

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August Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Manager, Myooran Mahalingam....

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Chart of the week: Is this a 'gradual turning point' for Australian wages?

Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist   Sources: Australian Bureau of Statistics, RBA Governor Dr Philip Lowe, and RBA Statement of ...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, August 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.00 per cent. The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable. Ho...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, July 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis points to 1.00 per cent. This follows a similar reduction at the Board&#...

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July Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

  Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Raffer...

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Chart of the week: A trifecta of troubles has warranted the RBA cutting interest rates

Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has cut int...

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Chart of the week: Is this a major turning point for US interest rates or just trimming the sails?

Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist Sources: Federal Reserve, CME Group. After three years of raising US interest rates, the Federa...

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Chart of the week: President Trump be 'fed up' with the Fed?

Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist Sources: CNBC interview on 10 June 2019 Datastream. * The US real interest rate is calculated b...

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June Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty....

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Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision, June 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis points to 1.25 per cent. The Board took this decision to support employm...

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Chart of the week: Australia's puzzling labour market appears set for a solution?

17 May 2019 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist Sources: Reserve Bank of Australia and Datastream. A key strength of the Australian...

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May Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty....

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Chart of the week: Should the Reserve Bank cut interest rates to support Australia's economic growth?

8 May 2019 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist RBA cash interest rate vs leading indicators Source: Reserve Bank of Australia and D...

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Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision, May 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable, al...

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Chart of the week: Is the global share rally more hope than experience?

18 April 2019 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist Global Shares Forward Price-to-Earnings Ratio                        ...

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Chart of the week: Is Australia's consumer sentiment the canary in the coal mine?

12 April 2019 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                         Consumer spending vs sentiment Source: Westpa...

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Chart of the week: Can Australia's Federal Budget afford to ease the squeeze on consumers?

03 April 2019 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                                Budget balance as a % of nominal G...

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Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision, April 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable, al...

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Chart of the week: Are bond investors too pessimistic on global growth prospects?

Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist     Global economic activity vs Manufacturing surveys   * The countries collectively known...

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Chart of the week: Australia's labour market may be running out of positives

22 March 2019 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                           Australia’s employment vs population gro...

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March Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty....

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Chart of the week: The dim sums on China's economic growth

15 March 2019 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                              China’s production vs iron ore pric...

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Chart of the week: Australia's economy 'brakes' back into the slow lane

7 March 2019 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist Australia’s economic growth – real GDP vs real GDP per capita           ...

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Chart of the week: Is money too tight to mention in Australia?

27 February 2019 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist Australian shares vs credit conditions Sources: Reserve Bank of Australia, Aus...

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Chart of the week: Australia's underperformance on unemployment

22 February 2019 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist       Source:  Reserve Bank of Australia and Australian Bureau of Statisti...

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January Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty....

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Chart of the week: Is Australia's confidence a concern?

14 February 2019 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist Source:  NAB Business Survey and Westpac Melbourne Institute (WMI) Consumer S...

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Chart of the week: Has the fed cause to pause on raising us interest rates?

05 February 2019 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                      US interest rates (Fed funds interest rates)...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, February 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economy grew above trend in 2018, although it ...

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Chart of the Week: Recession in 2020: Will US economic growth yield to the curve?

14 December 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist US economic growth vs yield curve Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis  ...

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December Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty....

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Chart of the week: Will the 'trade truce' work or is it wishful thinking?

5 December 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist   Copper VS PMI* survey Sources: Markit and London Metal Exchange *PMI –...

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Chart of the week: Bitcoin's crash is a mere tiptoe through the tulips

21 November 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist   Bitcoin vs Tulip prices Sources:  Reuters, Datastream. McClure.J.E and Tho...

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Chart of the week: Australian wages take a turn for the better

15 November 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist   Australian spare capacity vs Wages   *Spare Capacity measure – Unemp...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, November 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economic expansion is continuing. A number of ...

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Chart of the week: Wall Street confronts the challenges of the Fed and rising wages

6 November 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                                         US interest rates ...

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Chart of the week: Wall street moves from 'perfection' to 'correction'

1 November 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                   Forward Price to Earnings Ratio 1 year   Source: F...

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Chart of the week: Is the Federal Reserve "crazy" or just President Trump's budget plans?

19 October 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                        Budget balance as percentage of Nominal GDP ...

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Chart of the week: China turns on the money tap again

09 October 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist             China’s economic growth vs Reserve requirements Sources...

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Chart of the week: Is Australia in a credit crunch?

05 October 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist         Australian credit and economic activity Source: Reserve Bank of Aus...

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Chart of the week: The Fed is still talking up interest rates

 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist           US Fed’s interest rate and inflation projections                ...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, October 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent.   The global economic expansion is continuing. A number ...

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Chart of the week: China's Great Wall against Trump's trade war

20 September 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist  China’s monetary condition indicators Source: Federal Reserve Bank of...

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September Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty....

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Chart of the week: Is there any hope for the Pacific Peso?

13 September 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                               Australian dollar vs commodity p...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, September 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economic expansion is continuing. A number of ...

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Chart of the week: A slow train is coming for Australian wages

22 August 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                                                      ...

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Chart of the week: A Turkish bath for global markets?

Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                                     Turkey’s currency vs bond yield  ...

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Chart of the week: Australia's waiting game on interest rates

10 August 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                                  Australian interest rates   ...

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Chart of the week: Italy's 'La Dolce Vita' has turned sour

31 July 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                      European industrial production             ...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, August 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economic expansion is continuing. A number of ...

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Chart of the week: The Australian dollar still needs to 'Mind the Gap' on interest rates

5 June 2017 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                    Australian dollar vs interest rate gap           ...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, July 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent.   The global economic expansion is continuing. A number ...

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Chart of the week: Australian house prices as 'a tale of two cities'

25 June 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                                         Australian home price...

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Chart of the week: Australia's economic growth accelerates but watch out for those brakes

7 June 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                                             Global economic ...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, June 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economy has strengthened over the past year. A...

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Chart of the week: ‘The Italian job’ on bond spreads and budget balances

30 May 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                      Italy’s bond and budget gap to Germany Source...

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2018 Federal Budget Analysis

Summary of Budget measures Note: These changes are proposals only and may or may not be made law. From 1 July 2018 Low and middle income earners are t...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, May 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economy has strengthened over the past year. A...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, April 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economy has strengthened over the past year. A...

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March Economic update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of MLC’s Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Head of Investment Communicati...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, March 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economy has strengthened over the past year. A...

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Chart of the week: ‘Made in Australia’ makes a comeback

26 February 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist Australian manufacturing vs global surveys View larger imageSources: Australia...

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Economic Update February – infographic

February 2018 Take a visual tour of markets during January. There were strong gains in global shares, China’s share market rocketed up, and gove...

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Chart of the week: “Back to the future” on share volatility

  VIX Volatility Index Source: US Federal Reserve, St Louis  View larger chart US shares have been in turmoil since February 2nd. The announcement t...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, February 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. There was a broad-based pick-up in the global economy in ...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, December 2017

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the global economy have improved over 2017....

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November Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of NAB Asset Management’s Senior Economist Bob Cunneen talking to Head of Investmen...

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, November 2017

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the global economy are continuing to improv...

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October 4 minute Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of NAB Asset Management’s Senior Economist Bob Cunneen talking to Global Equities P...

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October 2017 Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the global economy have improved. Labour mark...

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September Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of NAB Asset Management’s Senior Economist Bob Cunneen talking to Head of Investmen...

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August Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of NAB Asset Management’s Senior Economist Bob Cunneen talking to Head of Investmen...

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August 2017 Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the global economy are continuing to improv...

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July Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

In this update, Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist talks to Jason Hazell, Head of Investment Communications, about key events driving markets during June. ...

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July 2017 Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The broad-based pick-up in the global economy is continuing...

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May Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

In this update, Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist talks to Jason Hazell, Head of Investment Communications, about key events driving markets during April....

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June Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

In this update, Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist talks to Myooran about key events driving markets during May. They discuss: Australian shares delivering...

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June 2017 Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The broad-based pick-up in the global economy is continuing...

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May 2017 Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. There has been a broad-based pick-up in the global economy ...

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April Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

In this update, Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist talks to Jason Hazell, Head of Investment Communications, about key events driving markets during March....

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April 2017 Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the global economy have improved over recen...

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March Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

In this update, Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist, talks about key events driving markets during February. He discusses: Presiden...

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February Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

In this update, Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist, reviews events in markets during January. He discusses: how US shares made rec...

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February 2017 Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the global economy have improved over recent ...

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January Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

In this update, Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist, reviews events in markets during December. He discusses: the major themes, whi...

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December Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

In this update, Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist, reviews events in markets during November. He discusses: how US shares and bon...

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July Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

In this update, Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Porfolio Specialist, reviews events in markets during June. He discusses: how Britain’s decision t...

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Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision – July 2016

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent. The global economy is continuing to grow, at a lower than a...

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June Economic Update with Bob Cunneen

In this update, Bob Cunneen, Porfolio Specialist, reviews events in markets during May. He discusses: the Australian share market being a solid perfo...

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Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision – June 2016

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent. The global economy is continuing to grow, at a lower than...

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May Economic Update with John Owen

In the latest update, John Owen, Portfolio Specialist reviews events in markets during April.

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April Economic Update with John Owen

John Owen, Portfolio Specialist, discusses market volatility, developments in China and how MLC’s portfolios are positioned.

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March Economic Update with John Owen

John Owen, Portfolio Specialist, discusses market volatility, developments in China and how MLC’s portfolios are positioned.

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February Economic Update with John Owen

John Owen, Portfolio Specialist, discusses market volatility, developments in China and how MLC’s portfolios are positioned.

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January Economic Update with John Owen

John Owen, Portfolio Specialist, discusses subdued share markets, the impact of monetary policy and how MLC’s portfolios are positioned....

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