Economic Snapshot

Off the back of the latest Reserve Bank meeting, the following represents a snapshot of the latest economic news:

Australian Economy 

  • The Reserve Bank has forecast the economy to contract by 6% this year before rebounding by 5% in 2021

Company Reporting

  • Only 75% of the ASX 200 Companies reported a net profit in the year to June 2020
  • Full earnings were down 38% on aggregate
  • Dividends were down 36%
  • 53% of companies either cut their dividends or did not pay a dividend

Cash Rate

  • The current cash rate of 0.25% has been left on hold and is expected to remain at that level for the foreseeable future

Australian Dollar

  • The $A continued to climb and is up almost 5% this year

Consumer sentiment

  • Consumer sentiment fell to 79.5% in August from 87.9% in July

Unemployment

  • Unemployment rose to 7.5% in July the highest level in 22 years

Property

  • Property prices declined for the fourth month

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