March 2016 – the Reserve Bank leaves interest rates unchanged at 2 per cent

Published: March 1, 2016

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0 per cent.  Recent information suggests that the global economy is continuing to grow, though at a slightly lower pace than earlier expected. While several advanced economies have recorded improved growth over the past year, conditions have become more difficult for […]

Read more

February Economic Update with John Owen

Published: February 10, 2016

John Owen, Portfolio Specialist, discusses market volatility, developments in China and how MLC's portfolios are positioned. In the latest update, John reviews events in markets during January. He discusses: the year beginning with considerable market volatility how a number of factors caused markets to fall in January developments in China remaining a recurrent theme, and […]

Read more

February 2016 – the Reserve Bank leaves interest rates unchanged at 2 per cent

Published: February 4, 2016

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0 per cent.  Recent information suggests the global economy is continuing to grow, though at a slightly lower pace than earlier expected. While several advanced economies have recorded improved growth over the past year, conditions have become more difficult for a […]

Read more

January Economic Update with John Owen

Published: January 15, 2016

John Owen, Portfolio Specialist, discusses subdued share markets, the impact of monetary policy and how MLC's portfolios are positioned. In the latest update, John reviews events in markets during December. He discusses: share markets concluding the year on a subdued note, with most recording negative returns in December how monetary policy remained an important influence […]

Read more

Why have markets been so weak in 2016 so far?

Published: January 13, 2016

John Owen discusses: The new calendar year has started on a particularly bleak note with widespread share market falls recorded in the first week of trading. The following table shows the returns (in local currencies) for the week to the end of trading on Friday 8 January 2016 for a number of share markets and […]

Read more

December 2015 – the Reserve Bank leaves interest rates unchanged at 2 per cent

Published: December 1, 2015

Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0 per cent. The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, with some softening in conditions in the Asian region, continuing US growth and a recovery in Europe. Key commodity prices are […]

Read more

November economic update with John Owen

Published: November 18, 2015

John Owen, Portfolio Specialist, discusses the global share market recovery, why caution is still waranted from an Australian perspective and how MLC's portfolios are positioned. In the latest update, John reviews events in markets during October. He discusses: how share markets performed strongly in October, going some way to recovering the losses of the previous […]

Read more

November 2015 – the Reserve Bank leaves interest rates unchanged at 2 per cent

Published: November 4, 2015

Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0 per cent. The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, with some further softening in conditions in the Asian region, continuing US growth and a recovery in Europe. Key commodity prices […]

Read more

October economic update with John Owen

Published: October 8, 2015

John Owen, Portfolio Specialist, discusses the recent volatility of global and Australian share markets and how MLC's portfolios are positioned. In the latest update, John reviews events in markets during September. He discusses: how share market returns moved into negative territory for the second consecutive month the weakness in overseas markets spreading to Australia where […]

Read more

September economic update with John Owen

Published: September 11, 2015

John Owen, Portfolio Specialist, discusses the recent volatility of global and Australian share markets and how MLC's portfolios are positioned. In the latest update, John reviews events in markets during August. He discusses: August being another challenging month for investors as share markets around the globe lost ground and displayed considerable day to day volatility […]

Read more