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News Letters

Whether you are still relaxing on your summer break or back at work, we hope you and your families have a happy and successful year ahead.

As a new year begins, it is always valuable to look in the rear-view mirror at the year behind us to see how we got here and if there are lessons to be learned.

It was not the result investors hoped for, but the late pullback in global financial markets in 2018 was more a sign of uncertainty and unfinished business than the state of the global economy. In this snapshot, we review 2018 and the issues that weighed on investors’ minds. From US interest rates to the US-China trade stand-off, Brexit, falling commodity prices, Australian political uncertainty and falling house prices, there was plenty to divert attention from solid economic gains.

Getting the right balance

Treasurer Scott Morrison’s Federal Budget 2017 was different to the first budget of the Coalition and marked a significant shift in tone from the tough stance of its three previous budgets.

Gone is the mantra of debt and deficit.

Instead the Treasurer has balanced the government’s resolve to live within its means with promises to tackle the cost of living and provide the services people need to get ahead.