Month: February 2023

FINSOC Weekly Wraps Vol. 25

Unemployment rate increased to 3.7% in January

The unemployment rate has jumped to 3.7% from 3.5% in January due to more than 11,500 people losing work, according to data released by the ABS last Thursday.

The sharp drop in January was a result of a loss in 43,300 full-time workers, which was only partly offset by a 31,800 rise in part-time employment.

FINSOC Weekly Wraps Vol. 24

RBA raises rates, and expect further increases will be needed

In the first Tuesday board meeting of 2023, the RBA has raised the official cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.35%, the highest level in over a decade.

RBA governor Phillip Lowe affirms expectations of further rate rises and says “the Board expects that further increases in interest rates will be needed over the months ahead” to stabilise high inflation.

FINSOC Weekly Wraps Vol. 23

Fear of Contagion as Adani Group accused of Fraud

Since the release of the Hindenburg report which accuses the Adani group of the “greatest fraud in economic history”, the Indian industrial conglomerate has lost over $140 billion in market value.

The group faces allegations of various fraudulent activities including “brazen stock manipulation”, breach of shareholder disclosure laws and money laundering.

FINSOC Weekly Wraps Vol. 22

Official CPI higher than expected

 ABS reported 7.8% inflation over the year, coming in just under the RBA’s expected 8% forecasts.

 According to ANZ senior economist Catherine Birch, a “rate rise next month is almost certain” to curb inflation.