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Led by Chief Economist Mark Thirlwell, the Economics at Austrade team are responsible for analysing the major trends and events in the Australian and international economies that help shape Austrade’s operating environment.

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Australian Economy | International Trade | International Investment
Funding Australia’s current account deficit
21 Sep 2017Mark Thirlwell
The current account deficit for 2016-17 dropped to just $29.5 billion, down from more than $74 billion in FY 2016.
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International Investment
Overseas investment of Australian companies
4 Sep 2017
Edmund Tang
Investing overseas can help Australian multi-national companies remain competitive and innovative in a rapidly changing international trade and investment environment.
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Australian Economy | International Investment
Developments in global FDI flows
30 Jun 2017
Mark Thirlwell
Back at the start of June, UNCTAD released the 2017 edition of the World Investment Report (WIR). While last year’s WIR reported a surge in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in 2015 on the back ...
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International Investment | Managed Funds
Australian asset markets and the rise of ‘Socially Responsible Investment’
26 Jun 2017
Edmund Tang
So-called socially responsible investment (SRI) assets managed by fund managers around the world have grown significantly in recent years as investors have become increasingly aware of the importance ...
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Australian Economy | International Trade | International Investment
Australia’s shrinking current account deficit
23 Jun 2017
Mark Thirlwell
Following on from a 0.8 per cent of GDP deficit in the December 2016 quarter, the Q1 2017 result therefore marks a second consecutive quarter of deficits below one per cent of GDP.
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Australian Economy | International Investment
Australia has remained in the top 25 most competitive nations among 63 economies
7 Jun 2017
Edmund Tang
Australia now ranks as the 21st most competitive economy in the world, according to the 2017 World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY) released by the Swiss-based Institute for Management Development (IMD ...
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Australian Economy | International Investment | GDP
2017 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index
4 May 2017
Mark Thirlwell
AT Kearney’s FDI Confidence Index for 2017 shows that investors’ confidence in Australia remains strong. The Index ranks Australia in the top 10 for the seventh year in a row (ninth place this year, ...
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Australian Economy | International Investment
Australia is maintaining its attraction for Chinese investors
3 May 2017
Edmund Tang
Australia remains the second biggest recipient of Chinese overseas direct investment (ODI) globally, worth A$120 billion (about US$90 billion) of accumulated new investment since 2007, according to th ...
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Australian Economy | International Trade | International Investment
Updating the Australian economic story
9 Mar 2017
Mark Thirlwell
The past month has seen several substantial data releases, including details on the Q4:2016 national accounts and balance of payments. This set of numbers provides a nice opportunity to assess the sta ...
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Australian Economy | International Investment
FDI in 2016: Weak global flows but a strong Australian performance
7 Feb 2017
Mark Thirlwell
UNCTAD have released their preliminary estimates for global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in 2016. The numbers show that total flows dropped by 13 per cent last year, falling from US$1.75 tri ...
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