Globally as expected GDP contracted throughout the world’s largest economies in the second quarter of this year – Japan’s economy shrank by 7.8% being the world’s third-largest after the US and China; The US dropped by 9.5%.
Our markets were up yesterday on some strong earnings results (especially Healthcare and IT) and hope for a larger than first expected US stimulus package. The S&P ASX 200 closed at 6123.4. The Aussie dollar is trading at US 72.3c.
Miners are continuing to enjoy record Iron Ore prices at $US 122/t. To put this into perspective the Federal Government assumes $US 55/t for budget purposes. And the next world-class iron ore producer doesn’t come on-line for 5-7 years at best (being Simandou in Guinea), which has forecasters bullish.
Gold is also up 30% in the last 6 months floating around $US 2,000/ounce. The Super Pit just keeps getting bigger.
Great news for the tourism and entertainment sectors with BankWest reporting “overall business turnover topping pre-COVID levels”. Let’s keep supporting local businesses!
China’s investigation into wine dumping is concerning but will be vigorously defended.
The Property Council has revealed Perth’s CBD commercial vacancy rate is at 18.4% for the six months to July 2020. This is double the national average, but the vacancy rate must be looked at in sectors, many buildings remain fully occupied.
The Perth residential rental vacancy rate has dropped to a 12 year low of 1.6%.
In home opens buyers are still complaining of limited stock.
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Authored by Jody Fewster
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US consumer prices rose 3.1% in the year through January cooling less than had been expected. The S&P 500 was above 5,000 for the first time on Monday putting it into “nosebleed territory” but has since come off after that hotter than expected inflation figure, which has clouded rate cut expectations. … Read more
The IMF has upgraded its forecasts for world growth to 3.1% this year, although Australia’s is expected to be 1.4% in 2024 and 2.1% in 2025. With annualised growth coming in at 3.1% for the US – the strongest of any major advanced economy – it doesn’t look like the Fed … Read more