Market Update April 2011

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Market Update April 2011 This issue of Market Update and Outlook features an article by Rob Henderson, Chief Economist, NAB Global Markets on the Australian economic outlook following the recent disasters. The full cost of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami is still to be realised with some estimating the clean up and reconstruction to cost a staggering 25 trillion Yen. In …

Risk Specialist Network

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Risk Specialist Network Last week I attended the Risk Specialist Network conference at Kingscliff on the NSW North Coast. Some of the best people in our industry were there. We heard from an industry panel that included John Brogden, former NSW Liberal leader. Craig Rispin spoke about How to think like a Futurist. Anthony Bell of Bell Partners, who runs …

Market Update March 2011

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Market Update March 2011 This issue of Market Update focuses on the devastating earthquake which struck Japan on 11 March. Given the size and extent of the damage, the true impact on sharemarkets and economies around the world is still unknown. Despite this tragedy, global economies appear to be improving, most notably in the US where manufacturing indicators and household …

Market Update February 2011

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Market Update February 2011 This month’s newsletter has all the usual key information to keep you up to date and informed about everything that’s been happening in the local and global economies and equity markets here and around the world. Key themes from this edition Despite political issues in North Africa and most notably Egypt, overall, it has been a …

January Market Update and Commentary

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January Market Update and Commentary I’m pleased to enclose the first edition of Market Update & Outlook for 2011 This month’s Market Update is longer than usual because it has a feature article on what you should keep an eye on in 2011 by Robert Henderson, Chief Economist, Markets, NAB. As well as this, the newsletter has all the usual …

Merry Xmas! and December Market Update

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Merry Xmas! and December Market Update On the whole, the global economy looks to be heading the right direction however, questions still remain over a number of major economies. Strong projected resource investment figures in 2011 and 2012 saw the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) raise the interest rate to 4.75%. Also fuelling this decision was the RBA’s concern about …

November Market Update

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November Market Update There was good news last month, as the local economy continued to strengthen on the back of the reinvigorated resources sector. This solid performance also influenced the RBA’s decision to raise the cash rate to 4.75%. In Europe, economic growth remains mixed. While the German economy continues to outperform expectations, concerns still surround some of the smaller …

October Market Update

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October Market Update This month saw a fall in consumer confidence and lower manufacturing indices in the US. This economic data and concerns of deflation led to increased speculation the Federal Reserve (Fed) will inject more liquidity into the economy. In Europe, sovereign debt concerns resurfaced with ratings agency Moody’s, releasing a fresh round of ratings downgrades to banks in …