Australia's household debt 'crisis'

Commonwealth Bank Chief Economist Michael Blythe looks at Australia’s elevated level of household debt and suggests the main threat this poses is the drag on consumer spending. He says the answer lies not so much with reducing debt but boosting incomes.

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Debt Market Outlook for 2018

Insights into syndicated loans, bond and securitisation markets.

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Australian economy looking strong 

Improved global and domestic conditions suggest the economy will keep growing at a healthy pace.

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Rise of the disruptors

The number of Australian businesses classified as top innovators has more than doubled in 12 months.

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The Economist and the Commonwealth Bank are engaging in the discussion about new economies and how technology is driving change. Innovating will be essential for future success in evolving political, economic and trade environments.


Manufacturing PMI August

New orders and output both increased at weaker rates on the back of softer demand, with export sales growth also slowing.  

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Services PMI August

Business activity cooled amid reports of softer demand from both domestic and foreign clients. Confidence dipped to a 25-month low. 

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Manufacturing PMI - mar 2018

Using capital markets for change

Ground-breaking transactions for better social and environmental outcomes.

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Manufacturing PMI July

Improved demand has prompted firms to raise employment and boost production.

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Services PMI July

Growth in business activity slowed despite stronger rises in sales and employment. 

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New wave of infrastructure projects

Sydney’s $2.1 billion CBD and South East Light Rail is benefiting from CommBank’s experience.

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