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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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