December Economic Update

Published: December 10, 2014

Brian Parker, Head of the Portfolio Specialists Group at MLC, gives an update on markets during November. He discusses: how global share markets generally performed fairly well, with Australia being one of the few markets to lose ground how the actions of key central banks remain a key influence on markets why Australia's economic environment […]

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November Economic Update

Published: November 7, 2014

Brian Parker, Head of the Portfolio Specialists Group at MLC, gives an update on markets during October. He discusses: how global share markets regained the ground they’d lost in September how the actions of key central banks are reflecting the differences in economic performance of the major developed countries why Australia’s economic environment remains uncertain, […]

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October Economic Update

Published: October 13, 2014

Brian Parker, Head of the Portfolio Specialists Group at MLC, gives an update on markets during September. He discusses: why it was generally a disappointing month for share market investors how a range of geopolitical concerns continued to unsettle markets why the European Central Bank took further steps to boost eurozone growth why Australia’s economic […]

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September Economic Update

Published: September 17, 2014

In this video, Brian Parker, Head of Portfolio Specialists Group at MLC reviews events in markets during August. He discusses: how global share markets have continued to deliver decent returns, despite the uncertain geopolitical environment why the actions of central banks continue to be a key factor driving markets whether improvements in Australia‚Äôs non-mining economy […]

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August economic update with Brian Parker

Published: August 14, 2014

Brian Parker, Head of the Portfolio Specialists Group at MLC, reviews events in markets during July. He discusses: How Australia's market had a very strong month, while world share markets delivered mixed performance Why economic news from the US and recent data from China are positive, but Europe's recovery remains very fragile Whether Australia's exports […]

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July economic update with Brian Parker

Published: July 15, 2014

Brian Parker, Head of the Portfolio Specialists Group at MLC, reviews events in markets during June. Among the topics he discusses are: why central banks’ actions remain critical for financial markets how monetary policy generally remains very loose, with very low interest rates creating a positive environment for share markets whether Australia’s exports and non-mining […]

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2014 financial year in review

Published: July 4, 2014

The last 12 months have produced excellent returns, particularly for share investors. This was despite a range of challenges and crises, both economic and geopolitical, which unsettled financial markets. Read More

June economic update with Brian Parker

Published: June 10, 2014

In the latest update, Brian reviews events in markets during May. He discusses: how monetary policy generally remains very loose, despite the US Federal Reserve’s "tapering" why there's plenty of money still searching for higher returns, creating a positive environment for financial markets why the Federal Budget didn't make any lasting impact on Australian financial […]

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2014 Federal Budget Analysis

Published: May 14, 2014

In one of the more highly anticipated Federal Budgets, the Government announced major changes that could impact your financial plans. Key proposals include: A Temporary Budget Repair Levy of 2% will be payable on taxable incomes over $180,000 pa for the next three financial years. Changes to HELP debts will increase the amount payable, and […]

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May economic update with Ben McCaw

Published: May 12, 2014

In the latest update, Ben reviews events in markets during April. He discusses: why simmering political tensions in the Ukraine had little impact on the market how market estimates of US companies’ annual earnings growth have been wound back due to slowing growth in profit margins, and how MLC’s forward-looking approach helps us manage uncertainty […]

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