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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April economic update with Brian Parker

Published: April 11, 2014

In the latest update, Brian reviews events in markets during March. He discusses: how improving US economic data means the US Federal Reserve can continue winding back its quantitative easing program why the European Central Bank, on the other hand, may need to do more to stimulate growth why the Reserve Bank of Australia is […]

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March economic update with Ben McCaw

Published: March 14, 2014

In the latest March update, Ben McCaw reviews events in markets during February. The topics he discusses include: how global markets did well despite weaknesses in the markets why key developed economies are muddling through implications of China's re-balancing from a focus on investments to consumption what the outlook is and the economic scenarios MLC […]

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February economic update with Brian Parker

Published: February 12, 2014

In the February economic update Brian Parker reviews events in Australian and overseas markets during January. This month he discusses: why share markets across the world fell sharply over the month what impact the US Federal Reserve’s “tapering” of quantitative easing has had on emerging markets why the Reserve Bank of Australia is likely to […]

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January economic update with Brian Parker

Published: January 22, 2014

In the January economic update, Brian reviews events in markets during the last three months of 2013. The topics he discusses include: how Australian investors enjoyed another quarter of good returns how signs of improving economic growth supported global share prices, and why financial markets largely shrugged off the US Federal Reserve’s announcement that it […]

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2013: The year in review

Published: December 10, 2013

In this Investment Insight Brian Parker, Senior Investment Consultant at MLC Investment Management, reviews Australian and international investment markets during 2013. He discusses: why markets have continued to perform very strongly this year how economic growth around the world is still patchy and Australia’s economy remains slow why US monetary policy unsettled markets during 2013 […]

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