Big Issues of 2019: CommSec reviews the factors likely to impact the economy

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13 Dec 18, 7am (AEDT). US sharemarkets are up on Wednesday, boosted by the technology sector, as indications that Beijing would ease its "Made in China 2025" industrial policy". PREVIOUS REPORT 

Big Issues of 2019

4 Dec 18. The aim of this report is to highlight trends, issues and 'big picture' influences that act as threats or opportunities for consumers, investors and businesses alike over 2019.

Petrol gross margin at record high

10 Dec 18. The gross retail margin - rose by 10.6 cents to a record-high 24.7 cents a litre. 

First-time home buyers hits 6yr highs

10 Dec 18. The proportion of first-time buyers in the home loan market rose to 6-year highs of 18.1% in October.

Businesses shrug off lower home prices

11 Dec 18. Australian home prices fell by 1.5 per cent in the September quarter to stand 1.9 per cent lower over the year.

WA consumer confidence soars

12 Dec 18. The Westpac/Melbourne Institute survey of consumer sentiment index rose by 0.1 per cent to a reading of 104.4 in December.

VIC retail sales hits 4-year high

6 Dec 18. Over the year to October, trend growth of spending in Victoria lifted to 4-year highs of 6.1%.

Solid services sector

5 Dec 18. The Australian Industry Group (AiG) Performance of Services Index (PSI) rose for a 21st consecutive month, rising by 4.0 points to 55.1 points in November.

The Week Ahead

7 Dec 18. Consumer and business surveys are complemented by housing and wealth data. The Reserve Bank releases its quarterly Bulletin and speeches are made by senior officials. WATCH VIDEO

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