Etienne Alexiou

Let's first consider the broader global economic environment, in particular, the macro drivers of a “globally co-ordinated” gradual improvement in economies which are continuing to evolve. The primary driver of markets, at this point in time, is globally accommodative monetary policy, which underpins economic expansion and the rise in financial... Show More

The NAB business survey reported a pullback in business conditions and confidence in July; however, conditions remained above long-run average levels, while confidence was broadly in line. Of the sub-components of conditions, trading conditions and profitability both remain robust, but the employment index is clearly lagging well behind. Turning to... Show More

Despite a small rally on Friday, last week was very trying for the few remaining precious metal bulls. Five tonnes of metal dumped on the SGE, plus a surge in volume on COMEX combined to send the gold price down USD $50oz in a matter of minutes. A much lower... Show More

Policy makers and the Australian CPI were in focus this week. For the RBA, the key themes on show in the minutes of the July board meeting were little changed: the consumer is lacklustre; business investment weak despite a lower AUD and firm confidence; and housing remains the key bright... Show More