The Reserve Bank leaves interest rates unchanged at 2 per cent

Published: July 7, 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, but some key commodity prices are much lower than a year ago. This trend appears largely to reflect increased supply, including […]

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June economic update

Published: June 17, 2015

In the latest update, John reviews events in markets during May. He discusses: how world share market performances were mixed in May the Australian dollar, which performed poorly against most of the major currencies (excluding the Japanese yen) how the accommodative monetary policies and historically low interest rates have helped under-pin share prices, and how […]

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2015 Federal Budget summary

Published: May 13, 2015

The Coalition Government’s second Federal Budget proposed some important changes, particularly for families, retirees and small business owners. Note: The measures outlined in this Federal Budget Summary are proposals only and may or may not be made law. Summary Many lower income young families will benefit from greater childcare subsidies Families choosing not to vaccinate […]

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May economic update

Published: May 10, 2015

In the latest update, Brian reviews events in markets during April. He discusses: how world share markets posted reasonable gains in April why the actions of the world’s major central banks are still crucial why it still isn’t entirely clear that the recovery in the non-mining economy will be strong enough to offset the drag […]

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RBA lowers the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.0 per cent

Published: May 5, 2015

Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision At its meeting today, the Board decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.0 per cent, effective 6 May 2015. The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, but commodity prices have declined over the past year, in some cases sharply. These […]

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April economic update

Published: April 12, 2015

In the latest update, Brian reviews events in markets during March. He discusses: how world share prices fell back a little in March, after some very sound gains in February how the good performance of share markets in Europe and Japan comes at a time when the financial woes in Greece haven’t been resolved, and […]

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RBA Board to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.25 per cent

Published: April 7, 2015

Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.25 per cent. Moderate growth in the global economy is expected in 2015, with the US economy continuing to strengthen, even as China's growth slows a little from last year's outcome. Commodity prices […]

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March Economic Update

Published: March 5, 2015

In the latest update, Brian reviews events in markets during February. He discusses: how world share markets rose over the month, supported by central bank policies of keeping interest rates very low how Greece’s agreement with European authorities to extend its bailout deal boosted the Greek share market why it’s unclear whether business investment in […]

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February Economic Update

Published: February 10, 2015

Brian Parker, Head of the Portfolio Specialists Group, gives an update on markets during January. He discusses: how most world share markets rose over the month, other than the US why renewed concerns about the health of the world economy have caused some central banks to ease monetary policy why Australia’s investment environment remains uncertain, […]

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January Economic Update

Published: January 15, 2015

Brian Parker, Head of the Portfolio Specialists Group, gives an update on markets during December. He discusses: why many world share markets had a fairly weak month, an exception being strong performance by China’s market how Australian shares made solid gains for the month and most asset classes delivered quite good returns to Australian investors […]

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