australian dollar

Rising rates and a falling dollar put the squeeze on mortgagees

Andrew Macken

For Australians with a mortgage, there’s a good chance life is feeling somewhat tougher – and for good reason. For one thing, mortgage rates are increasing. Meanwhile, the Aussie dollar has been depreciating against the US dollar, which is eroding the global purchasing power of all Australians. Unfortunately, these dynamics... Show More

Global investing: Is the grass really greener?

Livewire Exclusive

ABS data recently showed that global investing flows have overtaken those for local investing. With the ASX lagging global peers for the last decade, it’s not hard to see why. But is the grass really greener out there? And if so, what are the risks and where is the value?... Show More

The ten things to watch in 2018

Saul Eslake

Here are ten things that I think will shape the global and Australian economies in 2018, and that expect I’ll be talking about at conferences and events over the course of the coming year. Show More

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Westpac weekly AUD video

Sean Callow

The Australian dollar was hit hard this week by the market's scramble to price in a Federal Reserve rate rise this month, which boosted the US dollar across the board but last night hit the Aussie harder than most. I note the key comments from the Fed and look at... Show More

Standing on the outside looking in: "Angry Avocados" & Australian housing

Chad Slater

Brunch and the hashtag "#angryavos" has swept through the Australian press this week after Bernard Salt suggested forgoing $22 brunches was the solution to the millennials housing woes. The response article on the Guardian, pointing out that it would take 175 years of forgone brunch to save a deposit, has... Show More

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Winners If The Australian Dollar Falls

Karl Siegling

Currency and interest rates are currently playing a large role in the world economy, which should be no surprise because we are covering new ground in terms of record low rates and subsequent currency fluctuations. At present, 40 per cent of the developed world’s interest rates are negative. Show More

Commodity prices indicate a rebound in Australian inflation

Nikko Asset Management Australia

Over the past five years, inflation has been slowing in Australia despite relatively strong employment and GDP. Many forecasters had expected a falling Australian dollar to lead to higher inflation; however, this has not been the case. In our view, the reason for this is that the real driver of... Show More

Australian economy set to gear up on non-mining growth

Clime Asset Management

Faith in the sharemarket has been battered by the bear market in banks, major miners and other blue chips. Fear continues as it seems volatility in global markets will never cease... Everything that we are hearing in the financial news is enough to shake anyone’s confidence. So is our nation’s... Show More