Evening Report

22 June 18, 16.10pm (AEST). After posting modest gains in early trade, the ASX 200 faded into the close. For the week the market rose 2.1%, the best gain since Nov 2016. PREVIOUS REPORT

Home prices retreat

19 Jun 18. The Bureau of Statistics reports that Australian home prices fell by 0.7 per cent in the March quarter to stand 2.0 per cent higher over the year – the weakest annual growth rate since September 2012. 

Petrol prices ease

18 Jun 18. The national average Australian price of unleaded petrol fell by 2.4 cents last week to 146.4 cents per litre. Over the June quarter so far, Australian petrol prices have lifted 6.5 per cent.

Pilbara & Kimberley job ads at 4-year high

20 Jun 18. Job advertisements in Western Australia are at 3-year highs, up by 18.0% over the year to May. Engineering job vacancies rose by 23.7%.

Record inbound migration

18 Jun 18. Over the past year a record 800,240 permanent and long-term migrants moved to Australia, up by 4.0 per cent. 

Options Insights

15 Jun 18. In this report we cover the Covered Strangle, a variation on one of the more basic options strategies. The investor writes/sells an out of the money call equivalent to the number of shares they hold. Watch the video here  or read more below

Record older Aussies working

21 Jun 18. Employment rose 57,900 between Mar-May after a gain of 60,600 in the previous three months. 13.9% of those aged 65 years and over are working. 

Higher petrol prices crimp spending

20 June 18. Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Index, BSI lifted by 0.3% in trend terms in May, the slowest growth in 13 months. 

The Week Ahead

22 Jun 18. Tier-1 economic data is scarce this week. The latest update on Aussie household finances will be keenly observed given the laser-like focus of the Reserve Bank and economists on the biggest driver of economic growth – household consumption.

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