OK … What’s Going On?

Last weekend in the Financial Review, Andrew Clark began his article (on page 52) with the words:

“Australians don’t know if they’re in the middle of a pause that refreshes or the dullness before the deluge.”

That about sums up the general feedback I am receiving at the moment, from clients and colleagues alike.

Clark felt this probably stems from a combination of …

  • a lack of Federal leadership,
  • declining retail turnover,
  • poor flow-on from the mining boom and
  • the spectre of financial defaults overseas.

Presumably, this was behind the RBA’s decision to keep the cash rate on hold until next month — pending more economic data in the coming weeks.

On the plus side …

The IMF predicts solid growth going forwardAccording to the IMF … in spite of all the recent turmoil, the outlook for global economic growth appears quite rosy moving into the new financial year. [Read more…]

“Things Can Change So Quickly”

Share of Trade

Share of Trade

Have you stopped to think just how things have changed over the past 25 years?

Just take a look at the global trade figures for the United States, Japan, Germany and Britain.

After the United States, China is now the world’s largest economy. However, it is currently the largest exporter; while being the second-largest importer.

Here’s a cunning question you might care to pose at your next dinner party.
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