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Sweet-spot wages growth calms rate hike forecasts, as women make gains

Recently released wages data increased the likelihood the RBA will pause its rate hiking campaign for the near term, economists say. Meanwhile, an increase in full-time employment, and the wages they earn for it, has helped narrow Australia’s gender wages gap to its lowest-ever level.

Nicki Bourlioufas | 18th Aug 2023 | More
US shares outperform, but analysts doubt rally will continue

True to form, US stocks are outperforming Aussie shares on the back of a resurgence in technology-related company valuations. Economists warn against straying from diversification, however, with Aussie miners still offering investors capital returns on top of an underlying hedge against a US downturn.

Nicki Bourlioufas | 14th Jun 2023 | More
  • If you’re buying a bull, buy a young bull

    Basing an investment strategy on the Goldilocks investment markets of the last 35 years gives rise to considerable risk, writes Michael Block, and now might be the time to get out of growth assets.

    Michael Block | 29th Mar 2023 | More
    Currency swings don’t deter Australians from offshore investments

    For those planning to invest in offshore assets, the decision whether to hedge currency exposure is an important one as movements in the Australian dollar can either erode or add value to an investment.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 22nd Mar 2023 | More
  • Australian dollar’s climb may dent returns from offshore investments

    The Australian dollar’s appreciation from recent lows is eroding returns from unhedged international investments. With analysts mixed on where the currency is heading, opting to hedge foreign currency exposures could provide investors with some peace of mind.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 23rd Nov 2022 | More
    Economic growth to slow, real wages to fall as budget blows out

    Inflationary pressures are expected to ease over the next six months according to federal budget forecasts, while consumer-focused and housing stocks could benefit from government policies aimed at boosting consumer spending and the availability of affordable housing.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 26th Oct 2022 | More
    Budget expected to maintain tax cuts, leave super alone

    Experts forecast a more balanced budget with an even-handed dispersion of revenue and spending measures. Income tax cuts will likely go ahead, while super should get a break from further tinkering.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 21st Oct 2022 | More
    RBA raises rates again, but end may be in sight

    More rises are likely but analysts say a confluence of factors may cap the official rate at around 3.1 per cent in 2023, providing relief to Australian households.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 14th Oct 2022 | More
    Interest rate hikes won’t be felt until December

    Mortgage holders will start to see the effects of sequential rate rises by December, but it’s after the break that the real impact will hit home.

    Lachlan Buur-Jensen | 9th Sep 2022 | More
  • Households need to prepare for 6% interest rates

    Consumer confidence is at crisis levels, but households aren’t acting to change spending patterns.

    Staff Writer | 5th Aug 2022 | More
    Cannabis, solar, lithium trends remain in their infancy, investors best pay attention

    Despite the widespread damage caused by Covid-19, the crisis accelerated the pace of technological advancements along with our ability to adapt to the latest changes. A survey by McKinsey & Co found that Covid-19 sped up the adoption of digital technologies by several years.

    Ishan Dan | 3rd Aug 2022 | More
    US earnings exceed expectations, gold continues to standout

    With US quarterly reporting season nearly wrapped up, the trend is showing that earnings were better than expected this quarter.

    Ishan Dan | 3rd Aug 2022 | More
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