Miscellaneous

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Choice calls for Health Star Ratings overhaul

Over recent years, I have called for an overhaul of Australia’s dietary guidelines, including Australia’s Health Star Rating System, which has too often ignored the prevalence of sugar while demonising natural saturated fats. I have also criticised Australian dieticians’ staunch defence of existing failed dietary guidelines that promote a high carbohydrate / low fat diet.

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MB Fund podcast: What next for the RBA?

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 6th June) – Australia’s Reserve Bank has capitulated on its eternal economic optimism with the first rate cut in years just as the US Fed turns dovish in the face of Trumps trade war. How many cuts in the cash rate are ahead? What happens when it runs out of

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Government to save Aussie GDP again

The private sector is done for but all praise the gubmint, via Damien Boey at Credit Suisse: We now have all the partials we can get to “now-cast” 1Q real GDP. Today we received trade and government spending data, which on balance surprised to the upside: Net exports were as expected, contributing 0.2% to quarterly

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Meet the new anti-EU EU Parliament

Says it all really: EU28: Ladies and gentlemen, the new European Parliament! Details: https://t.co/JaP0MTYOBR (based on the results of the BBC, the European Parliament website, and based on our research of the future group affiliation of “new” parties entering the European Parliament). #EP2019 pic.twitter.com/WSMfdSRkuB — Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) May 27, 2019

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How will Foxtel survive after Game of Thrones finale?

By Leith van Onselen Roy Morgan’s latest survey on Pay TV Subscription services revealed that Netflix had lifted its Australian subscriber base to 11.3 million households after a 25% annual surge in subscribers. By contrast, Foxtel’s subscriber base slid by 2.7% to 4.9 million households: With Game of Thrones airing its final episode yesterday, to which

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UBS: RBA “way too bullish”

UBS is all over the RBA with several hard hitting notes overnight: UBS…doesn’t think their forecasts for GDP and inflation are plausible – they seem way too bullish. …For Australia, despite Q4 surprisingly weak GDP, & further weakness in Q1/Q2 partials, they still expect “around 2¾% in 2019 and 2020” – very optimistically unrevised from

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Easter Chartfest 20 April, 2019

  Australia   Electricity Spot Prices 16 April, 2019   How much do Australians earn   Average kilometres travelled by State    Capacity utilisation & underemployment   Thermal Coal Exports   Australian Commodity Exports   Australian Pay Outcomes – Federal Enterprise Agreements   Australian Household Consumption – Discretionary & Essential   Australian Iron Ore Exports  

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Macro Morning

By Chris Becker  Another mixed session on stocks overnight with European bourses advancing again while Wall Street stalled due to a drop in health care stocks from the “Mediscare for all” and a slump in oil prices. The USD firmed slightly against the undollars, particularly gold which made another new daily low while CPI prints

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Weekend Links, 30-31 March, 2019

The great rock: dusk, Lloyd Rees, 1977, Art Gallery of NSW     Macro, Markets & Investing U.S., China resume trade talks in Beijing after ‘productive working dinner’ – Reuters US economic adviser hints at partial lifting of China tariffs – Nikkei Asian Review Brazil’s Vale slashes iron ore sales estimate after dam burst –

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On Christchurch

Below find a useful wrap of Christchurch related material from Crikey: SHOOTER EMAILED ‘MANIFESTO’ New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed her office was one of more than 30 to receive a so-called “manifesto” from the accused Christchurch terrorist just minutes before Friday’s mosque attacks. The ABC reports that Ardern will today meet with New Zealand cabinet

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MacroBusiness Chartfest 9-10 March, 2019

      Australia & New Zealand       Australia – Average Ages, Selected Jobs       Australia – Job Security       ANZ Job Advertisements       Australia – Federal Budget Cash Balance       Australia – Public Demand & GDP       Australia – Capex       Australia

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Macro Morning

By Chris Becker  It was all about the USD overnight with the release of 4Q GDP figures and the latest CPI print from Europe, with the former sending Treasury yields higher and the latter jostling Euro around but giving European stocks a reprieve from impending recession fears sending them higher. Looking first at the action

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Chartfest 23-24 February 2019

  AUSTRALIA   5 Eyes Part Time Employment   Australia CPI Housing Wealth and Consumption Residential Rents NSW & Vic, wages & unemployment   Australian coal export destinations   Australian Commodity Exports   Australian House Prices   Australian Housing Finance   Australian Renewable Energy   Australian Services & Manufacturing   Australian Short Term Arrivals  

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Weekend Links, 16-17 February 2019

Willunga Landscape, Horace Trenerry, 1947, Art Gallery of NSW   Macro & Markets Hedge Funds Play Tug-of-War With the Volatile Australian Dollar – Bloomberg One Weird Trick for Avoiding Bad Chinese Bonds – Bloomberg Brazilian mine tragedy will not be the last tailings dam disaster – Reuters, Home China’s coal imports surge, but prices tell

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Weekend Links 2-3 February, 2019

Jitterbugs, 1945, Weaver Hawkins, Art Gallery of NSW   Markets Macro & Investing The Sorry State of the World Economy – Project-Syndicate, Basu Trump hails China trade talks progress and says he will meet Xi Jinping soon – Guardian China says Washington trade talks were ‘frank’ and made ‘important progress’ – SCMP Donald Trump hails

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Population ponzi destroys pandemic defence

It’s the economic model that keeps on giving, via Domain: Concentration of our populations in major cities and increased international air travel are creating conditions ripe for pandemics to spread faster and infect more people, according to new research from the University of Sydney. …“You have airports getting a lot more traffic – in Adelaide,

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Weekend Links 19-20 January, 2019

Short man with two dogs, Linda Marrinon, 1990, Art Gallery of NSW   Americas Trump Pulls U.S. Delegation Out of Davos Forum, Citing Shutdown – Bloomberg Shutdown clouds outlook for consumer-driven U.S. economic growth – Reuters Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye warns ‘back-stabbing’ Canada to stop rallying allies in row over detainees – SCMP Trump Vows

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New Years Links, 1 January 2019

Sunset in a Subduction Zone, James Gleeson, 1986, Art Gallery of NSW   Macro & Markets Trump Hails ‘Big Progress’ Towards China Trade Deal – Bloomberg El-Erian, Like Trump, Says Fed Would Benefit From ‘Better Feel’ – Bloomberg Chinese and US tech giants face growing political risks – Nikkei Asian Review Life Is Getting Harder

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Links 28 December 2018

The Wasteland II, Jeffrey Smart, 1945, Art Gallery of NSW   Macro & Markets Not just China: why the global economy needs Beijing’s stimulus measures to boost growth – SCMP China says has made plans with U.S. for face-to-face trade meeting in January – Reuters This is not a time for investors to think long

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Boxing Day Links December 26, 2018

Heat Haze, Dorrit Black, 1919, Art Gallery of NSW   Macro & Markets Oil plunges 6 percent as economic slowdown fears grip market – Reuters Dollar Exposed to Dysfunction and Paralysis in Washington – Bloomberg ‘The worst is yet to come’: Experts say a global bear market is just getting started – CNBC   Americas

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Population ponzi causes shocking decline in Melbourne affordable rentals

By Leith van Onselen The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released alarming new data showing a massive decline in affordable rental options across Melbourne. While the annual growth in median rents across Metropolitan Melbourne moderated to 3.2% in the year to September: It remains well above inflation (2.2%) as well as

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Bull trap banks pick up yield bid

AUD is still struggling through the morning: Bonds are paring gains but yields are now trending down nicely. More to come: ASX is hanging on at the cliff’s edge: Dalian has opened with a minor bid: Big Iron likewise: Big Gas is hopeful of an OPEC rescue. I am not: Big Gold has a Fed

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Car sales keep on crashing

Via FCAI: National motor vehicle sales eclipsed the one million year-to-date sales mark during November 2018, in a month which overall sales were down according to the latestdata released today by the motor industry’s statistical service, VFACTS. National vehicle sales for November reached 93,860, down 7.4 per cent from November 2017. The overall market decline

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Would you like poo with your burger?

Some light relief today from Maccas as we await the RBA: A study recently conducted by researchers at London Metropolitan University found that touchscreens used by customers at multiple McDonald’s locations were covered in fecal bacteria. Dr. Paul Matawele, one of the lead researchers in the study, explained that the spread of this bacteria could lead