Monthly Commentary - APRIL 2019

Monthly Commentary - APRIL 2019
US growth appears to have eased from 2018 levels but remains positive. However, Europe continues to produce lacklustre data and China continues on its path to redirecting its economy to be more domestically driven.

2019-20 Federal Budget Summary

2019-20 Federal Budget Summary
The 2019-20 Budget has been delivered in April 2019, a month earlier than usual, and can be seen as an unofficial start of the Coalition’s election campaign. Among the announcements are some highly anticipated tax cuts, changes to voluntary superannuation contribution rules and a promise to return to surplus.

Monthly Commentary - MARCH 2019

Monthly Commentary - MARCH 2019
Inflation pressures globally have eased substantially in contrast to concerns held early in 2018. This is a mixed blessing as it provides some cover for the US Federal Reserve with respect to putting further rate hikes on hold but likely reflects the slackening pace of growth. While the global growth pulse has softened it is best described as lacklustre rather than calamitous.

Monthly Commentary - FEBRUARY 2019

Monthly Commentary - FEBRUARY 2019
Central banks around the world are recalibrating investor expectations of future monetary policy moves. Weak domestic economic data has reinforced the belief that the next move by the Reserve Bank (RBA) may be to cut official interest rates. In the US, the Fed has continued recent guidance that the prospect of further rate hikes through 2019 should be tempered.

Monthly Commentary - JANUARY 2019

Monthly Commentary - JANUARY 2019
Inflation remains subdued globally; previously this was seen as reflecting changed market structures, increasingly the current lack of inflation pressures is being linked to weaker growth. Monetary authorities in developed markets left official interest rates unchanged but the Bank of Japan has increased its quantitative easing with growth and inflation still significantly below target.
 

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