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GDP growth up 3.1 per cent in Q4:2020 while RBA holds line on monetary policy
5 March 2021 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
Australia’s real GDP rose 3.1 per cent over the December 2020 quarter, comfortably beating market expectations, as the economy continued to enjoy a household-led recovery. Despite last week’s bond ma...
Reflation trade’ pushes up bond yields and the dollar while wage growth remains at record low
26 February 2021 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
The yield on Australian government debt and the value of the Australian dollar have both been under upward pressure as local spillovers from the global ‘reflation trade’ complicate life for the RBA. ...
Unemployment rate falls again as labour market recovery rolls on
19 February 2021 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
Another helping of good news on the Australian labour market this week. The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 6.4 per cent in January while the underemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage ...
Upbeat consumers and optimistic businesses
12 February 2021 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
It was a quiet week on the data front with only a couple of releases. The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment Index rose almost two per cent in February to be up more than 14 per ...
Happy 2021: RBA delivers forecast upgrades, $100b more QE
5 February 2021 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
At its first meeting of the year, the RBA announced it would extend its asset purchase program by an additional $100 billion. In a follow-up speech, Governor Lowe said although the central bank was no...
Jobless rate falls to 6.8 per cent as labour market rebounds
18 December 2020 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
Employment rose by 90,000 people in November, the participation rate returned to a record high, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.8 per cent as for a second consecutive month the labour market deliv...
Recap: AICD's 10 most popular articles for 2020
14 December 2020
As the year draws to a close, we bring you the 10 most read articles of 2020. Covering the events that happened in the world around us through to the challenges taking place inside boardrooms, this ye...
Duties and responsibilities
Feeling good: Consumer sentiment at ten-year high, business confidence up too.
11 December 2020 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
The monthly Westpac-Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment rose to a ten-year high in December. Reinforcing the message that households are ending the year in a positive mood, the weekly ANZ...
The Australian economy is growing again
4 December 2020 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
Real GDP rose by 3.3 per cent over the September quarter as the economy started to grow again, technically bringing the COVID-19 recession to an end but still leaving output more than four per cent be...
The growing threat of economic coercion
1 December 2020
The use of economic coercion by major powers in pursuit of political objectives is generating new risks for Australian businesses, writes David Uren.