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The Fed, BoE and long term implications of the Ukraine war

The Fed, BoE and long term implications of the Ukraine war

March 18, 2022

In our latest podcast Joseph Capurso, Head of International Economics and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist delve into two big issues facing the world economy. First, Joe discusses the US FOMC and Bank of England (BoE) meetings where both central banks lifted their policy interest rates. The FOMC is expected to tighten more than the BoE and RBA. Second, Joe unpacks the possible long term implications of the war in the Ukraine with a mini mining capex boom possible outside Russia and a higher cost of the sustainable capex revolution. The war will also increase inflation and could contribute to rising inflation expectations.

 

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RBA, Ukraine and the floods

RBA, Ukraine and the floods

March 9, 2022

 

March has already been an eventful month for the Australian economy. The Q4 21 GDP data showed a large 3.4%/qtr lift in economic growth while the invasion of the Ukraine and the terrible floods on the east coast will add to the inflation pressures in the Australian economy. In this podcast Gareth Aird, Head of Australian Economics and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist discuss recent economic developments as well as RBA Governor Lowe’s speech at the AFR Business Summit. In short the RBA do not need to see two more CPI prints to hike, consistent with our base case of a June rate hike given CBA’s expectation for a very strong Q1 22 CPI print.

 

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Household Spending Intentions February 2022

Household Spending Intentions February 2022

March 8, 2022

The CommBank Household Spending Intentions (HSI) Index rose by 1.8%/mth to 107.3 in February. Stephen Halmarick, Chief Economist and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist discuss the results with the key drivers of the lift being transport, home buying, health & fitness as well as household services. The Omicron induced weakness evident in January is disappearing as case numbers fall. The gains in February were partially offset by seasonal weakness in retail (although still up a solid amount over the year) and travel which is still well below its pre pandemic level

 

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Agriculture Update – supply keeps falling

Agriculture Update – supply keeps falling

March 2, 2022

In this edition of the quarterly Agriculture podcast Belinda Allen, Senior Economist talks to Ag Strategist, Tobin Gorey about several big issues impacting the Agriculture space. Belinda and Tobin cover the tightening supply context in many agri-commodities, the price response to that tightness and the price risks in the year ahead, what impact Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is having and how the hefty increases in farms input cost affect the big picture.

 

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An update on productivity in Australia

An update on productivity in Australia

February 21, 2022

In our latest podcast we dive into productivity growth in Australia. Kristina Clifton talks to fellow Senior Economist Belinda Allen about why productivity boosts real wages growth over the long term and the recent productivity history in Australia. The result is Australia’s productivity growth has slowed but a recent tick up in public and private investment are a positive sign but more needs to be done. Kristina also covers some other areas that could help lift Australia’s productivity growth

 

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RBA to hike the cash rate in June 2022

RBA to hike the cash rate in June 2022

February 15, 2022

We have shifted our central scenario for the first RBA rate hike to be delivered in June 2022, from August 2022. Gareth Aird, Head of Australian Economics and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist discuss Governor Lowe’s comments last week that prompted us to pull forward the timing for the first increase in the cash rate.  We also cover CBA’s inflation forecasts in this podcast.  We continue to expect a gradual and shallow tightening cycle.  The expiry profile of fixed rate mortgages feeds into our view that the terminal rate is low.

 

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A blow out CPI to push FOMC to hike by 50bp

A blow out CPI to push FOMC to hike by 50bp

February 14, 2022

The US labour market is tightening, employment costs are rising rapidly and inflation is very high. Joseph Capurso, Head of International Economics joins Belinda Allen, Senior Economist in discussing the outlook for the US FOMC and how the threshold for a 50bp lift in March has now been crossed. Joe covers the outlook for the interest rate cycle and the indicators to watch as rates are lifted.

 

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Household Spending Intentions – January 2022

Household Spending Intentions – January 2022

February 8, 2022

The CommBank Household Spending Intentions Index fell by 10% in January 2022. January is a seasonally weak month after a surge in Christmas spending. However the Omicron outbreak did subdue spending further. Falls were largest in retail, entertainment and household services and more muted in insurance, utilities and education. Stephen Halmarick, Chief Economist and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist discuss the details of the results and explain why the economic recovery is still on track.

 

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The outlook for the RBA, inflation and wages

The outlook for the RBA, inflation and wages

February 2, 2022

It has been an eventful two weeks for the outlook for interest rates with the Q4 21 CPI surprising to the upside. As a result we now expect the cash rate to be lifted in August 2022 (was November 2022). The RBA, in its February Board Meeting and a speech by Governor Lowe, continued to remind financial market participants that the cash rate will not be raised until the Board is confident inflation is sustainably within the target band which will require wages growth to be materially higher than it currently is. Gareth Aird, Head of Australian Economics and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist discuss the latest data and the outlook for the RBA.

 

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Household Spending Intentions – December 2021

Household Spending Intentions – December 2021

January 20, 2022

The CommBank Household Spending Intentions index rose by 2.5% rise in December to 115.0. This was the highest level since July 2017. Kim Mundy, Senior International Economist talks to Belinda Allen, Senior Economist who details the main drivers of the lift in spending in December. A seasonal upswing in Retail spend as well as continued lift in Travel and Transport spend post the extended Delta lockdowns led to the strong gain.

 

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