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Chart of the week: The lights are dimming on Australia's jobs market

19 July 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses why lower interest rates and tax cuts may take some time to improve Australia’s jobs market.

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Chart of the week: Australian shares have run hard on hope rather than confidence

10 July 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the gap between the robust Australian share market and the subdued NAB Business survey.

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Economic and market update video

5 July 2019

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty.

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2018-2019 financial year in review

July 2019

With the close of the financial year, it’s time to review what’s happened in investment markets. MLC’s portfolio specialist John Owen provided this comprehensive review.

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Chart of the week: A trifecta of troubles has warranted the RBA cutting interest rates

3 July 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen considers whether the latest RBA interest rate cut is enough to encourage Australian consumers to open their wallets.

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Chart of the week: Is the global economy 'turning Japanese'???

24 June 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the pressure on global central banks to cut interest rates soon so as to avoid Japan’s fate.

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Chart of the week:  Is this a major turning point for US interest rates or just trimming the sails?

20 June 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses why the US central bank’s path for interest rates is less dramatic than the market’s expectations.

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Chart of the week:  President Trump be 'fed up' with the Fed?

14 June 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses why President Trump’s recent comments on the US central bank are "fake news".

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Economic and market update video

June 2019

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty.

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Chart of the week: Global growth is 'slip slidin' away'

07 June 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses how a reckless escalation of the trade war could see both Australian and global economic growth ‘slip slidin’ away’ towards recession.

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Chart of the week: The trade war's collateral damage to Europe and Japan

29 May 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses how Europe and Japan are collateral damage in this trade war and the risks involved if it is not resolved quickly.

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Chart of the week: Is the falling pacific peso taking the fun out of travel as well as fun-damentals?

24 May 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses why Australia’s economic growth slowdown can account for the falling  Australian dollar.

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Chart of the week: Australia's puzzling labour market appears set for a solution?

17 May 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the puzzle between the soft economic indicators compared to the current strength of Australia’s labour market.

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Economic and market update video

May 2019

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty.

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Chart of the week: Should the Reserve Bank cut interest rates to support Australia's economic growth?

8 May 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the recent conflicting and confusing evidence on Australia’s economic growth performance.

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Chart of the week: Wall Street climbs back into thin air

29 April 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the extraordinary revival of Wall Street and the positive factors providing new oxygen for this rapid ascent in 2019.

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Chart of the week: Is the global share rally more hope than experience?

18 April 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the surge in global share prices this year and whether this may be wishful thinking.

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Chart of the week: Is Australia's consumer sentiment the canary in the coal mine?

12 April 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses why the Australian consumer appears subdued and the hopeful signs that could get these consumers more chirpy about the future.

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Economic and market update video

April 2019

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty.

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Chart of the week: Can Australia's Federal Budget afford to ease the squeeze on consumers?

3 April 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses why the Australian Federal Budget’s stimulus is a modest and manageable assistance to the consumer.

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Chart of the week: Are bond investors too pessimistic on global growth prospects?

27 March 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the recent concerning signs on global growth and whether investors are overreacting.

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Economic and market update video

March 2019

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty.

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Chart of the week: Australia's labour market may be running out of positives

22 March 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses why Australia’s strong job performance seems set to fade and the pressure for more policy stimulus measures.

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Chart of the week: The dim sums on China's economic growth

15 March 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses China’s recent economic growth performance and the harsh reality check this could mean for Australia.

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Chart of the week: Australia's economy 'brakes' back into the slow lane

7 March 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses Australia’s economic slowdown and why it may be too early to call for roadside assistance.

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Chart of the week: Is money too tight to mention in Australia?

27 February 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the risks with the recent tightening in Australian credit conditions.

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Chart of the week: Australia's underperformance on unemployment

22 February 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses why Australia’s high underemployment rate helps explain why the Reserve Bank is maintaining a low cash interest rate.

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Economic and market update video

7 February 2019

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty.

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Chart of the week: Is Australia's confidence a concern?

14 February 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses Australia’s recent business and consumer confidence results and the implications for interest rates.

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Chart of the week: Has the fed cause to pause on raising us interest rates?

5 February 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses whether the Fed is signalling only a temporary pause in raising US interest rates.

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Chart of the week: The China syndrome is not yet a growth meltdown

23 January 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses China’s economic growth slowdown and the downside risks that have China’s policymakers concerned about the future.

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Economic and market update video

January 2019

Which key events have been driving markets? Watch this video of Senior Economist Bob Cunneen in discussion with Portfolio Specialist, Sinead Rafferty.

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The 2018 year in review: a confident start but a volatile finish

15 January 2019

With 2018 behind us, it’s time to review what happened in investment markets last year.

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Chart of the Week: Are Australian consumers down and out for 2019

15 January 2019

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses why Australian consumers may be feeling more cautious about their retail spending this year.

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Chart of the Week: Seasons gratings and greetings for 2018

19 December 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the very tough year for investors and the possibility of a ‘Santa Claus rally’ seeing asset prices improve over the final weeks of 2018.

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Chart of the Week: Recession in 2020: Will US economic growth yield to the curve?

14 December 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses how investors have become alarmed that the US yield curve indicates that a recession is coming.

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Chart of the week: Will the 'trade truce' work or is it wishful thinking?

5 December 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the recent US - China ‘trade truce’ and the two key leading indicators that investors should watch.

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Chart of the week: What's next for Australia's capex?

30 November 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses Australia’s capital expenditure (capex) having a tough run over recent years and the outlook for non-mining capex in 2019.

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Chart of the week: Bitcoin's crash is a mere tiptoe through the tulips

21 November 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the large price falls of Bitcoin and how history provides an ominous precedent that novelty can become tired and notoriety can be dangerous to your wealth.

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Chart of the week: Australian wages take a turn for the better

15 November 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the struggle over the recent years of Australia’s nominal wages growth and how this slow and low wages growth reflects a combination of both global and local factors.

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Chart of the week: Wall Street confronts the challenges of the Fed and rising wages

6 November 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the largest gain in US wages in nearly ten years and the threat this rising wage tide is to profit margins and thereby to Wall Street.

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Chart of the week: Wall street moves from 'perfection' to 'correction'

1 November 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses Wall Street's golden run, in terms of a rising share market, seemingly coming to an end in recent weeks.

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Chart of the week: Is the Federal Reserve "crazy" or just President Trump's budget plans?

19 October 2018

Senior Economist  Bob Cunneen discusses rising US budget deficits  compared to Australia’s improving budget performance.

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Chart of the week: China turns on the money tap again

9 October 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses China’s bold stimulus measures given the challenges of the current trade war and China’s high debt burdens.

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Chart of the week: Is Australia in a credit crunch?

5 October 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses whether Australia’s tougher  credit standards  are a threat to  economic growth. 

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Chart of the week: The Fed is still talking up interest rates

28 September 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the projected "gradual" climb in US interest rates and what this could mean for both borrowers and investors.

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Chart of the week: China's Great Wall against Trump's trade war

20 September 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses some of the key Chinese monetary measures forming critical parts of the Great Wall’s defence against President Trump’s trade threat.

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Infographic: The economic ups and downs of 2018

17 September 2018

As an export and service economy, Australia is dependent on a prosperous global economy. Here are the main 2018 flashpoints we need to keep watching.

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Chart of the week: Is there any hope for the Pacific Peso?

13 September 2018

After a period of remarkable calm over recent years, the Australian dollar has fallen sharply against the US dollar over the past six months. Hardly surprising given the conventional wisdom. 

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Chart of the week: Wall street's sentiment is all 'trumped up' again.

6 September 2018

Investor surveys and market positioning measures suggest that investor optimism on US shares may be overly confident.

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Chart of the week: Is global economic growth starting to fade?

28 August 2018

Senior economist Bob Cunneen discusses some of the problems
casting a shadow over global growth.

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Chart of the week: A slow train is coming for Australian wages

22 August 2018

Why is higher wages growth becoming more likely for the Australian workforce? Senior Economist Bob Cunneen explains.

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Chart of the week: A Turkish bath for global markets? 

17 August 2018

European financial shares are proving acutely sensitive to Turkey's current turbulence. Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses.

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Chart of the week: Australia's waiting game on interest rates 

10 August 2018

Is the RBA set to raise interest rates over the coming year? Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses.

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Chart of the week: Italy's 'La Dolce Vita' has turned sour

31 July 2018

Measuring European industrial production as a whole camouflages the wide divergence in performances across the continent. Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses.

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Infographic: 2017-2018 financial year in review

27 July 2018

Take a visual tour of markets during the 2017-2018 financial year - a good year for investors despite rising trade tensions.

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Chart of the week: US's inflation fate with higher tariffs

25 July 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses how the ‘Trump tariffs’ could force the US Fed to accelerate the pace of interest rate rises.

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Chart of the week: Is the US's labour market running on empty?

11 July 2018

Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses the statistics which suggest that the US labour market has run out of available workers to fill job vacancies

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Chart of the week: The Australian dollar still needs to 'Mind the Gap' on interest rates

5 July 2018

The Australian dollar has been surprisingly resilient against the US dollar for the past financial year, but it is likely to come under pressure over the coming months. Senior Economist Bob Cunneen explains why.

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2017-2018 financial year in review

July 2018

With the close of the financial year, it’s time to review what’s happened in investment markets. MLC’s portfolio specialist John Owen provided this comprehensive review.

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Chart of the week: Australian house prices as 'a tale of two cities'

25 June 2018

Australia’s housing boom over the past four years has seen contrasting fortunes. Senior Economist Bob Cunneen discusses.