Category Archives: Market Updates


Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision, May 2019

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May 2019

Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision, May 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable, although the risks are tilted to the downside. Growth in international trade has declined and investment intentions have softened in a number of countries. In China, the authorities have taken steps to support the economy, while addressing risks in the financial system….

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Corporate bonds vs. term deposits

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Apr 2019

Corporate bonds vs. term deposits

Invest in a corporate bond fund or put your money in a term deposit? It’s a question more pertinent now than ever, as market interest rates push towards new lows. Both term deposits and managed bond funds are suitable for investors who want a reliable income stream, liquidity and capital preservation. But they have different risk and reward outlooks. We consider each in detail below….

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AREITs: harnessing the real estate tailwinds of digital disruption

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Apr 2019

AREITs: harnessing the real estate tailwinds of digital disruption

Moving towards the end of the business cycle, investors are increasingly seeking exposure to assets with defensive attributes. Australian real estate investment trusts (AREITs) is a defensive asset class that has shown its ability to deliver strong returns over a variety of market conditions, having outperformed equities over the past one and five-year periods, by 11.81 per cent and 5.7 per cent respectively1. And as…

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The changing role of benchmarks

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Apr 2019

The changing role of benchmarks

Benchmark-aware and index investing will likely always have a role to play in the investment world, but as markets have evolved and diversification has become progressively more important, investors are increasingly looking for approaches that are benchmark unaware. The background to benchmarks A benchmark is any definable market cross-section. Most are weighted by market capitalisation, but they can also be equal-weighted or fundamentally-weighted, among other…

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Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision, April 2019

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Apr 2019

Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision, April 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable, although growth has slowed and downside risks have increased. Growth in international trade has declined and investment intentions have softened in a number of countries. In China, the authorities have taken steps to ease financing conditions, partly in response to slower growth…

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, March, 2019

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Mar 2019

Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, March, 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economy grew above trend in 2018, although it slowed in the second half of the year. The slower pace of growth has continued into 2019. The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable, although downside risks have increased. The trade tensions remain a source of uncertainty. In China,…

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Top 10 ESG issues for 2019

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Feb 2019

Top 10 ESG issues for 2019

Investors around the world take environment, social and governance (ESG) issues into account when deciding where to invest, how to invest and how to measure returns.The ESG issues most likely to come under the microscope this year include some old favourites and a few new ones. 1. Climate change Three years after the Paris Agreement promised to cap global temperature rises to below two degrees…

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Earnings season and the Australian economy in focus

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Feb 2019

Earnings season and the Australian economy in focus

Right now, investors are focused on corporate profits. Australian companies are forecast to show earnings growth of between four and five per cent this results season, which is a modest result compared to recent years. This decline is in large part due to the deteriorating performance of the resources sector compared to recent results seasons. But many indicators suggest that broader economic conditions are also…

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The 4 drivers of infrastructure investment

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Feb 2019

The 4 drivers of infrastructure investment

Since the 1970s governments have spent relatively less on vital infrastructure. With the aftermath of the global financial crisis constraining government finances, that underinvestment has continued. The private sector is stepping up to meet a surge in demand for new infrastructure – across water, energy, transport and communications — and that is creating opportunities for investors in global listed infrastructure. Infrastructure is vital to economic growth….

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Two key reasons US interest rates look set for a pause

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Feb 2019

Two key reasons US interest rates look set for a pause

You might remember that late last year markets fell sharply because investors were worried the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, wasn’t ‘dovish’ enough. Investors fretted that the Fed would keep raising rates through 2019 in the face of financial market volatility and signs of slowing global growth. The sell-off was exacerbated by the US Government shutdown, instability surrounding Donald Trump, and ongoing fears over…

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