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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.

Australian exporters by the numbers: 2015-16

29 Jun 2017 Australian EconomyInternational Trade Mark Thirlwell

The latest release of the ABS Characteristics of Exporters shows that Australia continues to grow the total number of our exporters, with an increase of 2,454 (five per cent) in exporter numbers in 20 ...

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Australian asset markets and the rise of ‘Socially Responsible Investment’

26 Jun 2017 International InvestmentManaged Funds 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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Trade Winds

23 Jun 2017 Trade Winds Divya Skene

Most Australians polled remain positive about free trade and globalisation according to the 2017 Lowy Poll on Australian attitudes to the world.

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Continued economic integration with Asia leads Australia’s total trade to exceed A$670 billion

14 Jun 2017 Australian EconomyInternational Trade Edmund Tang

The value of Australia’s exports of goods and services grew by almost five per cent year-on year to A$330 billion in 2016, while imports dropped around three per cent to A$342 billion over the same pe ...

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Trade Winds

9 Jun 2017 Trade Winds Divya Skene

This week’s readings explore the state of global trade – technologies transforming it, agreements governing it, and policies to help market free trade.

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Australia has remained in the top 25 most competitive nations among 63 economies

7 Jun 2017 Australian EconomyInternational Investment 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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Trade Winds

2 Jun 2017 Trade Winds Divya Skene

IMD has released its competitiveness rankings for 2017. This year, the largest gains in the rankings were made by Kazakhstan, China and Indonesia, while selected European nations experienced the larg ...

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Trade Winds

19 May 2017 Trade Winds Divya Skene

This week’s readings include a list of the US administration’s trade policy actions, and a summary of the World Economic Forum’s inaugural ASEAN Summit held in Cambodia this month.

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