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Westpac is Australia's first bank and oldest company, one of four major banking organisations in Australia and one of the largest banks in New Zealand.
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Cliff Notes: Cautious Steps Towards Easing

Key insights from the week that was.

Patience and Caution Paramount for the FOMC

The June Committee forecasts are based on the momentum of Q1 not Q2’s softening. Westpac continues to expect incoming data to justify two cuts in 2024, beginning in September.

Time for the Spakfilla?

The national accounts confirmed that demand growth remained soft. Revisions to past tourism spending have no implications for future inflation but underline that weak supply is still an issue.

Cliff Notes: Travelling a Bumpy Road with Confidence

Key insights from the week that was...

The Grumpy Hawk and Other Scenarios

Current slow growth should start to pick up in the second half of 2024 as the factors weighing on household incomes ease. Scenarios that could send things off track include geopolitics, sticky domestic inflation and ongoing consumer weakness.

Cliff Notes: In Need of Capacity

In Australia, the Monthly CPI Indicator rose to 3.6%yr in April, from 3.5%yr in March and 3.4%yr in January and February...

Australia: April Monthly CPI Indicator First Impressions

Stronger clothing prices, and a surprise inclusion of health insurance premium increases, offset the suppression of power bills by Tasmanian electricity rebates.

Hand in Hand is the Surer Way to Land

Households are cutting consumption in a textbook response to higher interest rates. This, and a likely future of inflationary supply shocks, warrants a more coherent design to fiscal and monetary policy frameworks.

RBNZ Review: Doing the Hard Yards

The RBNZ left the OCR at 5.5% at its May policy meeting, as was widely expected…

Short-Term Risks and Long-Term Opportunity

Key insights from the week that was.

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