Economic update October 2014

Brian reviews events in markets during September and discusses:
· why it was generally a disappointing month for share market investors
· how a range of geopolitical concerns continued to unsettle markets
· why the European Central Bank took further steps to boost eurozone growth
· why Australia’s economic environment remains uncertain, despite signs of improvement in the non-mining economy, and
· which positions in MLC’s multi-asset portfolios added significant value during the month.

Economic update September 2014

 In the latest update, Brian Parker, Head of Portfolio Specialists Group, MLC reviews events in markets during August.
He discusses:
· how global share markets have continued to deliver decent returns, despite the uncertain geopolitical environment
· why the actions of central banks continue to be a key factor driving markets
· whether improvements in Australia’s non-mining economy can offset the decline in mining investment and falling prices for key resource exports
· how MLC’s multi-asset portfolios are positioned

Economic update August 2014

In the latest update, Brian reviews events in markets during July.

He discusses:
· how Australia’s market had a very strong month, while world share markets delivered mixed performance
· why economic news from the US and recent data from China are positive, but Europe’s recovery remains very fragile
· whether Australia’s exports and non-mining economy can offset the decline in mining investment
· how MLC’s multi-asset portfolios are positioned.

Economic Update July 2014

In the latest update, Brian Parker reviews events in markets during June. He discusses:
• why central banks’ actions remain critical for financial markets
• how monetary policy generally remains very loose, with very low interest rates creating a positive environment

Economic Update – June 2014

In the latest update, Brian Parker reviews events in markets during May.

He discusses:
• how monetary policy generally remains very loose, despite the US Federal Reserve’s “tapering”
• why there’s plenty of money still searching for higher returns, creating a positive environment for financial markets
• why the Federal Budget didn’t make any lasting impact on Australian financial markets, and
• how MLC’s portfolios are positioned.

Economic Update – May 2014

 

Published on May 6, 2014

In the latest update, Ben reviews events in markets during April.

He discusses:
• why simmering political tensions in the Ukraine had little impact on the market
• how market estimates of US companies’ annual earnings growth have been wound back due to slowing growth in profit margins, and
• how MLC’s forward-looking approach helps us manage uncertainty about the future investment environment.

Economic Update April 2014

Parker reviews events in markets during March. He discusses how improving US economic data means the US Federal Reserve can continue winding back its quantitative easing program, why the European Central Bank, on the other hand, may need to do more to stimulate growth, why the Reserve Bank of Australia is likely to keep interest rates on hold, and how MLC’s multi-asset portfolios are positioned.

 

Economic Update – March 2014

The topics he discusses include:

• how global markets did well despite weaknesses in the markets
• why key developed economies are muddling through
• implications of China’s re-balancing from a focus on investments to consumption
• what the outlook is and the economic scenarios MLC is considering.

Economic Update with Brian Parker- February 2014

In the latest update, Brian reviews events in markets during January.


The topics he discusses include:

• why share markets across the world fell sharply over the month
• what impact the US Federal Reserve’s “tapering” of quantitative easing has had on emerging markets
• why the Reserve Bank of Australia is likely to keep interest rates on hold, and
• what strategies MLC has included in its diversified portfolios to help manage risk.

December Economic Update

 

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