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Federal Budget and RBA preview

Federal Budget and RBA preview

September 30, 2020

It is shaping up to a big Tuesday 6th October with both the 2020/21 Federal Budget handed down as well as the October RBA Board Meeting. In this podcast with Gareth Aird, Head of Australian Economics and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist they outline the key details to watch in the Budget beyond the headline deficit number. Key policies expected include income tax cuts, a business investment allowance and more infrastructure spending. Budget repair though is still a fair way off and will depend on an improvement in the unemployment rate. No changes are expected to monetary policy at the October RBA meeting even though market expectations have shifted over the past week. Despite the expectation for policy on hold, Gareth and Belinda discuss what the RBA’s preferred policy measures could be if further easing is required.

 

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Will a vaccine “cure” the world economy?

Will a vaccine “cure” the world economy?

September 23, 2020

In our latest podcast Joseph Capurso, Head of International Economics discusses whether a vaccine will “cure” the world economy. Together with Belinda Allen, Senior Economist, they detail that vaccine effectiveness, production and distribution are all not guaranteed.  The success of each of these will have consequences for the pace of recovery in the world economy. Just as important will be consumer and business responses to the vaccine and any behavioural changes. Also they discuss that the longer it takes for low income economies to vaccinate, the slower the economic recovery will be.

 

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Australian GDP profile upwardly revised

Australian GDP profile upwardly revised

September 21, 2020

Australia’s economic contraction for 2020 is now expected to be less severe than previously thought.  Our shift in view has primarily been driven by an upgrade to our GDP estimate for Q3. Two key pieces of economic data provided the evidence to upgrade – CBA Credit / Debit card spending and hours worked. Both have tracked stronger than originally expected.  The news is encouraging.  In this podcast Gareth Aird, Head of Australian Economics and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist discuss the changes, how this compares to current official forecasts and what it means for growth beyond the September quarter.

 

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Before listening to this report, you are advised to read the full Global Markets Research disclaimers which can be found at www.commbankresearch.com.au. Information in this podcast is of a general nature only. It does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and does not constitute personal financial advice. This report provides general market-related information, and is not intended to be an investment research report. The information contained in this report is approved and distributed by Global Markets Research, a business division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 AFSL 234945 (“the Bank”). The information is solely for informational purposes and is not to be construed as a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments. It does not constitute a personal recommendation or take into account the particular investment objectives, financial situations, or needs of individual clients. Where ‘CBA data’ is cited, this refers to the Bank proprietary data that is sourced from the Bank’s internal systems and may include, but not be limited to, credit card transaction data, merchant facility transaction data and applications for credit. As the statistics take into account only the Bank’s data it may not reflect all trends in the market. All customer data used, or represented, in this report is anonymised and aggregated before analysis and is used, and disclosed, in accordance with the Group’s Privacy Policy Statement. The Bank believes that the information in this presentation is correct and any opinions, conclusions or recommendations are reasonably held based on the information available at the time of its compilation but no representation or warranty, either expressed or implied, is made or provided as to accuracy, reliability or completeness of any statement made.

August Household Spending Intentions report

August Household Spending Intentions report

September 15, 2020

The August edition of the Household Spending Intentions report shows the impact of Vic lockdowns on a number of categories. The improvement seen during July in Home Buying, Retail, Travel, Entertainment and Education spending intentions all stalled in August.  Health and Fitness spending intentions picked up in August, while Motor vehicle spending intentions continued to edge higher. More income support is likely needed to help transition the Australian economy. The Budget is due 6 October and the bring forward of personal income tax cuts will help.

 

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Before listening to this report, you are advised to read the full Global Markets Research disclaimers which can be found at www.commbankresearch.com.au. Information in this podcast is of a general nature only. It does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and does not constitute personal financial advice. This report provides general market-related information, and is not intended to be an investment research report. The information contained in this report is approved and distributed by Global Markets Research, a business division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 AFSL 234945 (“the Bank”). The information is solely for informational purposes and is not to be construed as a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments. It does not constitute a personal recommendation or take into account the particular investment objectives, financial situations, or needs of individual clients. The data used in the ‘Commonwealth Bank Household Spending Intentions’ series is a combination of the CBA Data and publically available Google Trends™ data. Where ‘CBA data’ is cited, this refers to the Bank proprietary data that is sourced from the Bank’s internal systems and may include, but not be limited to, credit card transaction data, merchant facility transaction data and applications for credit. As the statistics take into account only the Bank’s data it may not reflect all trends in the market. All customer data used, or represented, in this report is anonymised and aggregated before analysis and is used, and disclosed, in accordance with the Group’s Privacy Policy Statement. The Bank believes that the information in this presentation is correct and any opinions, conclusions or recommendations are reasonably held based on the information available at the time of its compilation but no representation or warranty, either expressed or implied, is made or provided as to accuracy, reliability or completeness of any statement made.

How COVID-19 is impacting on Agriculture

How COVID-19 is impacting on Agriculture

September 14, 2020

The impacts of COVID-19 on the broader economy are well known, but there are also large impacts on the agriculture industry. In this podcast Tobin Gorey, Ag Strategist and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist discuss how eating at home rather than out is changing demand for particular types of food. Other issues discussed include labour supply, supply chain risks, lost demand and of course the weather and Australia-China trade tensions.

 

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Dwelling price outlook – smaller falls now more likely

Dwelling price outlook – smaller falls now more likely

September 11, 2020

The decline in dwelling prices nationally since the outbreak of COVID-19 has been smaller than anticipated.  But capital city variation has been wider than expected.  In this podcast, Gareth Aird, Head of Australian Economics and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist discuss the drivers of dwelling prices and the recently revised forecasts. A smaller peak to trough fall is now expected and a solid recovery is anticipated in the second half of 2021 as interest rates return to be the dominant driver of prices.

 

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US Presidential Election outlook

US Presidential Election outlook

September 8, 2020

The US Presidential Election is on 3 November 2020. In this podcast with Joseph Capurso, Head of International Economics and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist, they discuss how the election outcome is closer than generally believed.  Joe also discusses how the US voting system is different to Australia and why that matters. COVID-19 could also change the vote count at this year’s election. Belinda and Joe also highlight some policy differences and similarities between the two candidates. Finally three potential election outcome scenarios are identified.

 

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A review of Australia’s Q2 GDP numbers

A review of Australia’s Q2 GDP numbers

September 2, 2020

It was a hotly anticipated set of numbers and in the end the Australian economy recorded a 7% fall in Q2 GDP. A recession is underway but it is a very unique recession as it was manufactured by government policy to control the spread of COVID-19. In this podcast Gareth Aird, Head of Australian Economics and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist discuss the major themes in the data which included a large lift in savings and government spending and a plunge in household consumption. All the state economies contracted but performance should diverge in Q3 as lockdown measures differ between states.

 

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Before listening to this report, you are advised to read the full Global Markets Research disclaimers which can be found at www.commbankresearch.com.au. Information in this podcast is of a general nature only. It does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and does not constitute personal financial advice. This report provides general market-related information, and is not intended to be an investment research report. The information contained in this report is approved and distributed by Global Markets Research, a business division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 AFSL 234945 (“the Bank”). The information is solely for informational purposes and is not to be construed as a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments. It does not constitute a personal recommendation or take into account the particular investment objectives, financial situations, or needs of individual clients. Where ‘CBA data’ is cited, this refers to the Bank proprietary data that is sourced from the Bank’s internal systems and may include, but not be limited to, credit card transaction data, merchant facility transaction data and applications for credit. As the statistics take into account only the Bank’s data it may not reflect all trends in the market. All customer data used, or represented, in this report is anonymised and aggregated before analysis and is used, and disclosed, in accordance with the Group’s Privacy Policy Statement. The Bank believes that the information in this presentation is correct and any opinions, conclusions or recommendations are reasonably held based on the information available at the time of its compilation but no representation or warranty, either expressed or implied, is made or provided as to accuracy, reliability or completeness of any statement made.

RBA policy options – moving down the unconventional path

RBA policy options – moving down the unconventional path

August 27, 2020

With the Australian economy set to record a deep contraction in 2020 and a slow recovery in 2021, the conversation turns to what other policy options can be employed by both fiscal policy and monetary policy. In this podcast with Stephen Halmarick, Chief Economist and Head of Research and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist, two options of ‘unconventional unconventional’ monetary policy are discussed; negative interest rates and modern monetary theory, and the likelihood of its use in Australia. With these options still off the table for now, other ‘conventional unconventional’ policy options that could be expanded on are explored.

 

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Medium term economic consequences of COVID-19 on the Australian economy.

Medium term economic consequences of COVID-19 on the Australian economy.

August 25, 2020

We take a step back from the day to day economic data flow in this podcast and have a think about the medium term economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gareth Aird, Head of Australian Economics and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist discuss five implications: elevated labour market spare capacity and very weak wages growth; record low interest rates; very weak credit growth; reduced net overseas migration; and big fiscal deficits accompanied by rising public debt. Against that backdrop will we see a change in the relationship between monetary policy and fiscal policy?

 

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Before listening to this report, you are advised to read the full Global Markets Research disclaimers which can be found at www.commbankresearch.com.au. Information in this podcast is of a general nature only. It does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and does not constitute personal financial advice. This report provides general market-related information, and is not intended to be an investment research report. The information contained in this report is approved and distributed by Global Markets Research, a business division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 AFSL 234945 (“the Bank”). The information is solely for informational purposes and is not to be construed as a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments. It does not constitute a personal recommendation or take into account the particular investment objectives, financial situations, or needs of individual clients. Where ‘CBA data’ is cited, this refers to the Bank proprietary data that is sourced from the Bank’s internal systems and may include, but not be limited to, credit card transaction data, merchant facility transaction data and applications for credit. As the statistics take into account only the Bank’s data it may not reflect all trends in the market. All customer data used, or represented, in this report is anonymised and aggregated before analysis and is used, and disclosed, in accordance with the Group’s Privacy Policy Statement. The Bank believes that the information in this presentation is correct and any opinions, conclusions or recommendations are reasonably held based on the information available at the time of its compilation but no representation or warranty, either expressed or implied, is made or provided as to accuracy, reliability or completeness of any statement made.

 

 

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