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Latest DSI results, and maybe a November RBA rate cut?
23 October 2020 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
The AICD’s H2 Director Sentiment Index shows a marked improvement in sentiment relative to the first half of this year. Even so, the index is still deep in negative territory.
Sentiment bounces back despite COVID-19 economic uncertainty crisis: Director Sentiment Index
22 October 2020
The latest Director Sentiment Index (DSI) has revealed a jump in director sentiment, despite the on-going economic uncertainty triggered by COVID-19.
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Economy and society and sustainability
A post-budget consumer confidence bounce, new RBA thinking and a marginally less gloomy IMF
16 October 2020 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
The unemployment rate edged up to 6.9 per cent in August. A new speech from the RBA governor appeared to herald further monetary loosening next month, introduced changes to the RBA’s approach to forw...
Budget 2020-21: What directors need to know
6 October 2020 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD, Christian Gergis
In what is being called the most significant budget since World War II, the AICD summarises the key economic and policy initiatives that directors need to be across.
Making Fiscal History: Budget 2020-21 Preview
2 October 2020 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
Back on the 20th of March, with the economy reeling under the initial impact of COVID-19, the government announced it would ‘defer the 2020-21 Budget until 6 October 2020.’
Australia's economy adjusting to the new fiscal realities
1 October 2020 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
As Australia adjusts its economic policy to deal with the fallout from the pandemic, there is discussion around more irregular monetary and fiscal measures.
RBA monetary easing ahead, plus new fiscal framework
25 September 2020 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
A speech on monetary policy and the Australian economy by RBA Deputy Governor Guy Debelle has prompted some central bank watchers to predict rate cuts and the introduction of quantitative easing befor...
Jobless rate drops to 6.8 per cent in August surprise
18 September 2020 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
August’s labour market report was surprisingly strong, delivering a marked decline in the unemployment rate, a small rise in the participation rate and an increase of 111,000 in employment. ...
Consumer sentiment bounces back
11 September 2020 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
The Westpac-Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment jumped 18 per cent in September, while the weekly ANZ-Roy Morgan index also rose over the past week.
Q2 GDP slumps 7 per cent in record-breaking national accounts
4 September 2020 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
Real GDP dropped by seven per cent in the June quarter in the steepest fall since quarterly records began, bringing Australia’s golden run of 28 years of uninterrupted growth to a brutal end.