Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

Published: October 4, 2016

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economy is continuing to grow, at a lower than average pace. Labour market conditions in the advanced economies have improved over the past year, but growth in global industrial production and trade remains subdued. Actions by […]

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Are your hobbies ruling your wallet?

Published: September 25, 2016

Whether you love climbing mountains, playing golf or collecting rare artefacts, some hobbies can get very pricy very quickly. Between club memberships, specialised equipment, tournaments and auctions, it’s very easy for your spending to soar. Hobbies are important for a well-balanced life, and can even contribute to mental wellbeing, but unchecked enthusiasm can blow the […]

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The US presidential election – Implications for investors

Published: September 22, 2016

Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president makes the outcome of the 8 November US presidential election of greater significance than normal. Many would see Trump’s divisive and demeaning comments about certain groups of people, short fuse and erratic nature as rendering him as unqualified to be US president. This note looks at the […]

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Government pulls back on proposed changes to super

Published: September 19, 2016

The government has announced changes to three key 2016 Federal Budget proposals —the most significant being that it would not go forward with its proposal to introduce a $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional (after-tax) super contributions. In a nutshell the new proposals include: From 1 July 2017, the existing annual cap of $180,000 on after-tax […]

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How disruption brings investment risk and opportunity

Published: September 16, 2016

Businesses that have succeeded for decades will become unseated by innovative start-ups and tech companies if they don’t adapt to rapid change. At AMP Capital, we looked at the potential impact driverless cars will have on insurers and the economy. Disruption is proving to be a buzz word of 2016. Airbnb, Uber and Tesla have […]

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How do I care for children and ageing parents?

Published: September 13, 2016

As Australia’s population continues to age, more people are joining what’s been coined the ‘sandwich generation’—a group wedged between the needs of their kids and their older parents. If it’s something you’re juggling at the moment, or want to prepare yourself for in the future, here is some general information and a few tips, so […]

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Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision – September 2016

Published: September 6, 2016

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economy is continuing to grow, at a lower than average pace. Several advanced economies have recorded improved conditions over the past year, but conditions have become more difficult for a number of emerging market economies. Actions […]

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Spring property market – where we’ve been and what lies ahead

Published: September 5, 2016

Last financial year, the property market was a hot topic, especially in cities like Sydney and Melbourne where we experienced what some called a housing bubble. In this article, we ask Dr Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, to give us an overview of how property is faring so far in 2016, […]

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Seven reasons for optimism on the Australian economy

Published: August 30, 2016

Ever since the mining boom ended several years ago it seems a sense of gloom has pervaded debate regarding Australia. There is constant talk of recession whether we don’t do something (like control the budget) or even if we do nothing (with reports titled “Australian Recession 2016 – Why it’s unavoidable and the quickest way […]

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