Monthly Archives: October 2018

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

19 October 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist                        Budget balance as percentage of Nominal GDP    Source: Final Budget Outcome 2017-18, ‘Appendix B: Historical Australian Government data’, www.budget.gov.au/2017-18/content/fbo/html/, accessed …

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

09 October 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist             China's economic growth vs Reserve requirements Sources: Thomson Reuters.   China’s economy is under pressure. The trade war with the United States has intensified and …

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

05 October 2018 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist         Australian credit and economic activity Source: Reserve Bank of Australia.   Recent media articles* have suggested that Australia could be facing a ‘credit crunch’. Tighter lending standards …

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

 Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist           US Fed's interest rate and inflation projections                         Source: US Federal Reserve            …

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, October 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent.   The global economic expansion is continuing. A number of advanced economies are growing at an above-trend rate and unemployment rates are low. Growth in …

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