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Posted on Oct 27, 2016

KPMG says it is critically important that Australian businesses take full advantage of FTAs

Accessing Asia through FTAs: International exports of goods and services overall contributes 41 percent of nominal GDP. Eleven of Australia’s top 15 bilateral trading partners are Asian, while 10 of Australia’s top 15 trading partners are covered under free trade agreements with Australia. A new report by KPMG says it is critically important that Australian businesses take full advantage of these FTAs. For more go to http://bit.ly/2ebOH3O

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Posted on Oct 17, 2016

Australia’s growth is ‘pretty good’ despite world growth stuck at 3% for four years, Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook

Australia’s growth rates are slightly above trend, even though world growth has been stuck at 3% for four years.  Deloitte Access Economics provides interesting insights in its Business Outlook September 2016.  It seems we are happily slipstreaming a rebound in China’s ‘old economy’ sectors, while a related jump in commodity prices has led to the first good news on national income growth we’ve seen in some time. The report also gives a lowdown on our states’ economy.

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Posted on Oct 9, 2016

Deloitte Access Economics explores why we have high beef prices, yet thinning margins

What’s going on with our beef? Australian beef producers have enjoyed record prices. However, drought and price-induced supplies of cattle for slaughter are drying up, and the national herd is nearing lows not seen for decades. Meanwhile, the global beef market is becoming more competitive, which has implications for the Australian cattle supply chain. Deloitte Access Economics explores the reasons behind the high prices and thinning margins. For more go to http://bit.ly/2dzQqBC

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Posted on Oct 2, 2016

SA power shock exposes need for Aust to develop bipartisan climate change & energy policies, Grattan Institute

South Australia’s power shock: There’s no doubt that last week’s power failure in South Australia was caused by a climate event. The political storm between our federal and Labor state governments that followed, however, did nothing more than to highlight the lack of bipartisan policy sorely needed in this country if we are going to do our bit and meet energy targets.  The release late last week of the Grattan Institute report Keeping the lights on: Lessons from South Australia’s power shock then makes for interesting reading. For more go to http://bit.ly/2dixpU9

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Posted on Sep 18, 2016

Joe Hockey on wind turbines and EY’s state of renewable energy report forecasts strong investment

Joe Hockey on wind turbines and EY’s report:  Joe Hockey once remarked how wind turbines were “utterly offensive” while enroute to Canberra. Bad call Joe. Now that the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is legislated, with federal bipartisan support, EY sets the investment opportunities and constraints for renewables in its thorough Meeting the renewable energy target: Innovative approaches to financing renewables in Australia report. For more go to http://bit.ly/2ctOuIp

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Posted on Sep 11, 2016

Deloitte Access Economics has issued its latest quarterly retail forecast

What’s in store for retail? Deloitte Access Economics has issued its latest quarterly retail forecast.  Essential reading for anyone working in the sector, the report says the June quarter was modest with real turnover slipping below 0.5% for the first time since 2012. It highlights the effects of Brexit, RBA interest rate cuts and the recent federal election on the sector.  For more go to http://bit.ly/1RKZe25

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Posted on Aug 3, 2016

New Australian listings confidently outperformed the market in first half of 2016, Deloitte IPO update

Deloitte half-year IPO market update: Australian IPOs remain firmly in favour despite a backdrop of local and global financial market volatility with increasing political and economic uncertainty following the Brexit Referendum and the Federal election campaign. Deloitte’s latest IPO review covering the first half of 2016, finds that new listings confidently outperformed the market

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