Talking interest rates on Bloomberg

Tue, 04 Jul 2017  |  

Click on the link below to see an interview I did with Bloomberg TV - discussing RBA interest rates, the RBA, consumer spending household debt and other things.

Cheers, Stephen

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-07-03/market-economics-crosscurrents-in-aussie-economy-video  

 

 

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The downside of the Aussie dollar going up again

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