MICHELLE BALTAZAR  |  FRIDAY, 20 JAN 2017   1:05PM
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Economic headwinds lead Chief Economists Forum
DARREN SNYDER  |  FRIDAY, 20 JAN 2017   1:03PM
Renowned economist Saul Eslake says Australia is exposed to several global economic turning points in 2017 and each of the varying outcomes will require significant attention from investment managers.
Jobs and jobless rate rise
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 20 JAN 2017   10:14AM
The undoubtedly good news is the larger than expected addition to payrolls - up by 13,500 in December that followed the previous month's very strong 37,100 surge and more than expectations for a 10,000 increase.
Brexit where?
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 19 JAN 2017   10:30AM
The country's unemployment rate remained at a low 4.8% in the three months to November with the employment rate holding at a record high 74.5%. This compares with the 9.8% (November) jobless rate in the Eurozone.
Activity and inflation going Yellen's way
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 19 JAN 2017   10:28AM
The latest activity and inflation figures out of the US fit in nicely with Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, California. Talking about "The Goals of Monetary Policy and How We Pursue Them", Yellen all but confirmed ...
Moody Aussies
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 19 JAN 2017   10:26AM
While the latest Westpac-Melbourne Institute consumer sentiment index increased for the first time in three months in January, the 0.1% monthly pick-up was marginal and the reading of 97.4 (from 97.3 in December) indicates there are more pessimistic consumers ...
No deal is better than bad deal on Brexit
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 18 JAN 2017   9:47AM
UK Prime Minister Theresa May's speech before EU ambassadors in London last night ended months of speculation over whether Brexit would be hard, soft, or something in-between. The UK will cut ? and cut clean. "Brexit means Brexit."
Rising exports drive wider surplus
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 17 JAN 2017   9:31AM
Things continue to look up in the Eurozone. Eurostat reported that the region's trade surplus widened to ?25.9 billion in November from ?20.2 billion in the previous month and ?22.9 billion in November 2015.
Machineries not in order
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 17 JAN 2017   9:29AM
Just when we thought the sun's starting to shine. Japan private core machinery orders (orders excluding ships and electrical equipment) - a leading indicator of business investment - dropped by 5.1% in the month of November.
A-dollar rising
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 16 JAN 2017   9:44AM
"The A$ will go up, if not, it will go down, otherwise it will trade sideways."
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