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Navigating the economic outlook by flashes of lightning

A data dependent Fed will eventually need to acknowledge signs of a strengthening global economy, says Neuberger Berman. Bolts of information that sway the central bank will continue to keep market watchers on tenterhooks.

Brad Tank | 11th Sep 2023 | More
Inflation range in view, but is it close enough to stop further rate hikes?

The rate hiking cycle may be reaching its zenith, with inflation showing signs of a plateau. The next few months will be pivotal, Neuberger Berman says, which means accounting for two-way risk is crucial.

Staff Writer | 24th Jul 2023 | More
No easing in cycle yet as ‘confusing’ RBA changes tack: Sage

In a recent market update Sage lamented the RBA’s recent decision to re-engage interest rake hikes after pausing only a month earlier. Policy outcomes have become confusing, the fund manager noted, with the path to a soft landing becoming even narrower.

Staff Writer | 22nd Jun 2023 | More
  • RBA pauses for now, but may follow Fed and ‘push till it breaks’: Atrium

    The RBA will either take the road that equity markets are pricing in, and try to nail a smooth landing, or follow the road that bond markets anticipate and re-raise interest rates, according to Atrium’s Brendan Paul.

    Tahn Sharpe | 1st May 2023 | More
    Term deposits set to reach peak attraction as hiking cycle crests

    The average annual interest rate on banks’ one- and three- year term deposits has risen to 3.2 per cent from 0.25 per cent over the past year. With markets expecting the official cash rate to peak soon, savers looking to lock in attractive rates will find the best deals with smaller, newer banks, analysts say.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 1st May 2023 | More
    RBA offers excuses on inflation, still insisting it’s temporary

    The Reserve Bank of Australia is sticking to its view that inflation will be temporary, despite its poor forecasting track record. Economists aren’t so sure.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 10th Nov 2022 | More
  • Hawkish Fed knocks ASX from its record-setting perch

    Rough day as rate hike hits, Challenger, Seven, Coles offer market updates The ASX 200 (ASX: XJO) finished down 0.4% on Thursday in what some are calling a sell-off after news that the Federal Reserve may hike interest rates earlier than expected, in 2023. Markets took this with a grain of salt, not selling off heavily, ending more focused…

    The Inside Adviser | 17th Jun 2021 | More
    Tech stocks send ASX soaring 0.8pc to seven-week high

    Nasdaq rally, NZ travel bubble, merger activity sends market higher The ASX200 (ASX:XJO) followed a strong US lead on Tuesday, adding 0.8% with the industrials and IT sectors the key drivers. The risk-on mood boosted Afterpay Ltd (ASX:APT) by 10% and competitor Zip Co (ASX:Z1P) by 9.1% after what has been a difficult few months for the BNPL companies. By far the…

    The Inside Adviser | 6th Apr 2021 | More
  • In search of an inflation hedge

    During times of fear, investors often become irrational. As the coronavirus pandemic swept through the globe, fear and uncertainty rose, and investors began selling equities looking for shelter, often parking funds in cash until times were better. The problem with holding cash is its susceptibility to inflation, which erodes its value over time. During times…

    Ishan Dan | 22nd Feb 2021 | More
    Australian Unity issues Australian-first MCI

    With interest rates at all-time lows, and term deposits lucky to be paying 0.5%, investors have simply been forced to look for alternative income-generating investments. The share market has obliged, but not only in the form of normal equity dividends – but in newer listed income-bearing investments. One of the most recent offerings came last…

    James Dunn | 11th Jan 2021 | More