Economic growth is expected to lift from around 2 per cent to near 3 per cent over 2018. Contributions to growth are expected to be broad based with consumers, businesses, exports and governments expected to contribute to the firmer growth pace.

Inflation is expected to remain contained, resulting in stability of interest rates. Indeed the cash rate may remain at 1.50 per cent for most of the year. While we have pencilled in a rate hike for December 2018, clearly that is still some way ahead.

ASX 200 Year in Review

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Year in Review; Year Ahead

Investors braced for surprises in 2017, especially given the large number of European elections to be held over the year and the new era of the Trump presidency.

2017: Winners & Losers

A review of some of the winners and losers on the Australian sharemarket in 2017. A2 Milk was the strongest performer on the S&P/ASX200 rising by 261.3%.

Chartpack: Year in Review

CommSec Chief Economist Craig James provides insights into the year that was 2017 and his forecasts for the global economy for the year ahead.

The Big Issues

A look at the key issues for markets and investing in 2018, including US President Donald Trump, inflation, the disconnect between jobs and wages.

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