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Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:31

The Australian Financial Review

One of Australia's most influential economists.

Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:30

Alan Kohler, Author and ABC TV journalist

One of the most articulate economists in Australia.

Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:29

The Australian Financial Review.

The Prime Minister's Office has placed a premium on economic and policy advice recruiting high-profile market economist, Stephen Koukoulas.

Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:27

Head of Communications Randstad

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Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:24

Head of communication - Randstad

I've only heard great things about your presentation at the breakfast – so thank you. Clients and staff all raved about you – how engaging, thought provoking and entertaining you were. You made the content come alive.

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 23:02

Aussie dollar outlook

In this video The Kouk discuss the state of global financial markets and the outlook for the Aussie dollar with ABC News.

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 22:34

Why Australia won't face a recession

Speaking at the GRDC's Bendigo Farm Business Update, The Kouk discusses the outlook for agriculture.

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 22:30

Optimism for 2014 in the business sector

Stephen speaks to ABC news hosts regarding the newfound optimisim by Australian businesses for the coming year.

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 22:05

Forget debt!

The Kouk and Judith Sloan debating the impact of household debt on Australians at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2013.

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THE LATEST FROM THE KOUK

The misplaced objective of the government of delivering a surplus, come hell or high water, has gone up in smoke

Tue, 07 Jan 2020

This article first appeared on the Yahoo Finance web site at this link: https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/the-governments-test-in-2020-220310427.html   

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The misplaced objective of the government of delivering a surplus, come hell or high water, has gone up in smoke

For many people, the cost of the fires is immeasurable. 

Or irrelevant. 

They have lost loved ones, precious possessions, businesses and dreams and for these people, what lies ahead is bleak.

Life has changed forever.

As the fires continue to ravage through huge tracts of land, destroying yet more houses, more property, incinerating livestock herds, hundreds of millions of wildlife, birds and burning millions of hectares of forests, it is important to think about the plans for what lies ahead.

The rebuilding task will be huge.

Several thousands of houses, commercial buildings and infrastructure will require billions of dollars and thousands of workers to rebuild. Then there are the furniture and fittings for these buildings – carpets, fridges, washing machines, clothes, lounges, dining tables, TVs and the like will be purchased to restock.

Then there are the thousands of cars and other machinery and equipment that will need to be replaced. 

What's ahead for the Australian economy and markets in 2020

Thu, 02 Jan 2020

What's ahead for the Australian economy and markets in 2020

Happy New Year!

2020 will be a year where Australia’s annual GDP will exceed $2 trillion, our population will get very close to 26 million people and we will clock up 29 years with no recession.

It is also a year where the economy will be a dominant issue for policy makers, will drive what happens to interest rates, will help drive investment returns and will feed into the well-being of the Australian community. 

2020 kicks off with relatively good news in terms of economic growth, even though the labour market is likely to remain weak, with wages growth struggling to lift and inflation remaining below the RBA’s 2 to 3 per cent target. The Reserve Bank may have one more interest rate cut in its kit bag, but by year end, the market is likely to price in interest rate increases, albeit modestly.

The ASX, which had a great 2019 is set to be flatten out, in part driven by the change in the interest rate outlook, but it should get a boost from better news on housing and household spending.

In terms of the specifics, I have broken down the 2020 outlook into a range of categories and given a broad explanation on the issues underpinning the themes outlined.

GDP Growth

It’s a positive outlook. A pick-up in GDP growth from the current 1.7 per cent annual rate is unfolding, with the only real issue is the extent of the acceleration.