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Reserve Bank warns of skills shortages

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The Reserve Bank of Australia has left the cash rate on hold for a 16th straight month. What changed since the last meeting? Show More

The 8 big issues for 2018

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For the past 16 years we have produced “The Big Issues” report – a report that has sought to highlight the issues that are expected to influence the economy over the forthcoming 12 months. Show More

Economic Insights: Retail sales flat in September

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Monthly retail trade: Sales were largely flat in September. But sales by chain-store retailers and other large retailers rose by 0.3 per cent in September to stand 3.5 per cent higher over the year. https://youtu.be/D8jsrDkvARI Show More

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Investor Signposts: Week Beginning November 5 2017

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Reserve Bank dominates the agenda: It is a quiet week for economic data in the US and Australia. The Reserve Bank dominates the key local events. Show More

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Sharemarket review - October 2017

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Global sharemarkets were firmer in October. Media marked the 30th anniversary of the October 1987 sharemarket crash, but the news stories failed to spook investors. Major issues in focus over October include earnings results and discussion about the likelihood of President Trump getting tax cut legislation passed by Congress. There... Show More

Investor Signposts: Job market in focus

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There are two events that stand out in Australia in the coming week. The first is the minutes of the last Reserve Bank Board meeting on Tuesday. And the second is the monthly job report on Thursday. https://youtu.be/ilHfNZ75kaE Show More

Investor Signposts: Housing finance & RBA Financial Stability Review due

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Gauges of business and consumer sentiment are in focus in the week ahead together with measures of personal lending – home loans and credit card debt. In the US, inflation and retail sales data and minutes from the past Federal Reserve meeting are the events to watch. Show More

Economic Insights: Biggest monthly fall in retail trade in seven years

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Retail trade fell 0.6 per cent in August after a downwardly-revised fall of 0.2 per cent in July. Sales had averaged gains of 0.4 per cent a month in the previous four months. Annual sales growth fell from 3.5 per cent to 3.1 per cent. https://youtu.be/rvlx0Xoyn8g Show More

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Investor Signposts: Almost a dozen key indicators due

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Investor Signposts: Quiet week ahead on the economic front

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To say there is a quiet week in prospect for economic data borders on under-statement – certainly a very, very quiet week lies ahead in Australia. Show More

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Investor Signposts: Bevy of indicators set for release

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CommSec Chief Economist Craig James takes a look at the economic events scheduled for the week ahead, including job ads, the NAB Business Survey, housing finance and US and China inflation data. Show More

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Investor Signposts: Reserve Bank in the spotlight

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CommSec Chief Economist Craig James takes a look at the economic events scheduled for the week ahead, including home prices, the RBA Board meeting and the RBA Statement on Monetary Policy. Show More

Benign inflation to keep rate settings on hold

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The Consumer Price Index rose by 0.2% in the June quarter, below market expectations for a lift of 0.4%. The annual rate of inflation fell from 2.1% to 1.9% - below the RBA’s target band of 2-3%. https://youtu.be/lJjSj2cwBok Show More

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Investor Signposts: Week Beginning July 23 2017

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CommSec Chief Economist Craig James takes a look at the economic events scheduled for the week ahead, including the CommSec State of the States report, Australian inflation, US GDP growth and the US Federal Reserve rates meeting. https://youtu.be/Zz08OtD3qO4 Show More

CommSec Financial Year Wrap

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CommSec Financial Year Wrap

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Overall, the year was remarkable for being unremarkable. At least as far as the economy and financial markets performed. The year started with the fall-out from Brexit. There was a domestic election and the US Presidential election. In 2017 there has been a raft of elections in Europe. And there... Show More

Investor Signposts: Reserve Bank Board meets; Top shelf indicators return

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CommSec Chief Economist Craig James takes a look at the economic events scheduled for the week ahead, including RBA Board Meeting, Retail Sales and International Trade data. Show More

Investor Signposts - Spattering of ‘second tier’ economic indicators for release

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CommSec Chief Economist Craig James takes a look at the economic events scheduled for the week ahead, including RBA Board Minutes, Residential Property Prices data and a speech by the RBA Governor. https://youtu.be/TnMxHDMzMnQ Show More

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Economic Insights: Record economic expansion continues

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The economy grew by 0.3% in the March quarter - in line with market expectations. Annual economic growth eased from 2.4% to 1.7%. The outlook is encouraging with strong infrastructure spending & demand for our exports to support growth. Show More

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Reserve Bank is upbeat on the business sector

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The Reserve Bank has left the cash rate at a record low of 1.50 per cent for the 10th straight month (ninth meeting). The Reserve Bank has maintained its “neutral stance” – meaning that rate hikes are as likely as rate cuts in the period ahead. In practice though no... Show More