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  1. How to be a more mindful leader Jessica Hamilton 19-Jun-2019
  2. Reflections of a CFO: The highs, the lows and what’s next? Jessica Hamilton 22-May-2019
  3. The Australian economy: where are we headed, what impact will the Federal Budget have and what can we expect with the property market? Jessica Hamilton 16-Apr-2019
  4. Accounting jobs in Australia 2019: The impact of technology Carolyn Loton 09-Apr-2019
  5. Transforming from numbers to leadership: your career success starts with you Jessica Hamilton 11-Mar-2019



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Navigating rougher seas – what’s in store for the Australian economy this year?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Global economic growth is slowing and there will be a period of “navigating rougher seas” this year, but the Australian economy remains stable and we can be cautiously optimistic for the year ahead. That was the sentiment from Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist for HSBC at Moir Group’s recent economic event.

Speaking at the event, Paul shared his insights on the challenges and opportunities facing the global and local economy for 2019.    

He noted that the global growth rate has been gradually slowing over the last few years (3.0% in 2017 and 2.9% in 2018), and he predicts it will slow even further to 2.6% this year and 2.4% by 2020.

So, why has global growth been slowing over the last few years what flow-on effect does this have for the Australian economy? According to Paul, this has been driven by three key areas:

  1. We should always expect that global growth will slow at some point, especially after intense periods of growth. 

  2. The actions of global policy makers.

  3. Global trade policy tensions. 

What does this mean for Australia?

As always, the Australian economy is impacted by global movements, especially from China. Paul noted that while China’s growth has been slowing, this hasn’t reverberated through to the Australian economy and our economy has remained stable, for a few reasons: 

China’s focus on environmental targets is driving an increase in Australia’s commodity prices: China has been cutting back on the production of domestic low-grade iron ore and coal in favour of purchasing Australia’s high-grade iron ore and coal, which has pushed up our commodity prices.

The large pipeline of infrastructure projects underway/planned in Australia: there is no doubt there has been a construction boom in Australia in recent years. According to Paul, this boom has, and will continue to, support local economic growth. 

So, what is happening locally? 

So what else is happening in the Australian economy that is driving this confidence? Paul spoke of a few factors:

  • Consumer behaviour and sentiment is driven by the labour market. Early indicators are that they are good at the moment.
  • Job vacancies are at a record high, in proportion to the size of the workforce.
  • Wages growth is sluggish and picking up at a glacial pace, but it IS lifting.   
  • The housing market has slowed and prices are falling, which has made housing more affordable for people. However, the process for applying for a loan is becoming much more stringent.

By Karen Ryan, Director, Interim Executive Search, Moir Group.

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The Challenges And Opportunities Facing the Global and Local Economies In 2017 And Beyond" with Paul Bloxham, HSBC Bank Australia.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Moir Group recently hosted Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist for HSBC Bank Australia who delivered a comprehensive overview of the local and global economic projection for 2017, titled ‘Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Global and Economies in 2017 and Beyond,’

The Australian economy has been doing well as compared to other major world economies, specifically, between 2007 and 2015 the economy has expanded by 23 percent. It has outperformed the economies of other countries such as the US which expanded by 13 percent, Germany by 8 percent and the overall European Union economic expansion of 3 percent during the same period. This achievement is attributed to the association of Australia with China and other Asian countries. For instance, the economy of China has expanded by 93 percent from 2009 and the Australian economy has been one of the major beneficiaries of this growth.  Paul emphasised that this has been achieved by Australia’s maintenance of strong ties with China, in catering for the Chinese demand for services and agricultural products. He also believes that the new US administration and political developments in within the European Union may indirectly pose a prospect of growth to Australia through China’s economical demands.

If the proposed 45 percent tariff on imported goods from China will materialize in the US market, the Chinese export of manufactured goods to this market will decrease. Paul then goes on to discuss that in order to prevent slow economic growth, China will be forced to shift its economy from being manufacturing export oriented to a domestic consumption economy. There will be an increase in infrastructure development which will lead to an increase in demand of hard commodities. This in turn will translate to an increased demand of Australian iron ore which will boost the mining sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product. Australia will also increase in exporting its expertise in infrastructure development to China.

Currently the Chinese economic growth is increasingly driven by the services industry. Australia is a champion in provision of services which include education, financial, medical and tourism. In recent years, there has been a great increase in Australian export of these services to China. For instance, by 2014 the number of international students from China in Australia reached 90,000 and the number of tourist has increased from 350,000 in 2009 to 1.3 million, representing an annual growth rate of 20 percent for Chinese tourists visiting Australia. Paul believes that the export of financial services has also been doing extremely well, and as such, the establishment of Australian banks within China has already occurred. Furthermore, if the Chinese economy will shift from being manufacturing export oriented to a more domestic consumption focused economy, the wages will increase which will translate to a rise in their middle-class income. This means that the demand of services from Australia in the Chinese market will continue to grow as the middle-income group will increase their spending in tourism, education and in search of better health services.

Paul predicts that there is a strong likelihood that China will reciprocate on the US proposed tariff on her export and reduce its importation of Agricultural products from US by imposing tariffs or other trade barriers upon them. This in turn, will be another opportunity for Australia to increase its export of agricultural products to China. In addition, the Chinese government have been exporting low cost manufactured goods to both the West and European Union markets but then retaining the gained profit by buying their government’s securities and loan advancements. However, the China’s future prospect in these two markets has been threatened by the new US administration and political developments in the EU such as Brexit. It is believed that there is therefore likelihood that China will redirect its foreign direct investments to Australia as a further reciprocation of these threats in its international terms of trade. The real estates and renewable energy sectors are the sectors that will continue to benefit from China’s ties to Australia. There will also be great opportunities for Australian companies to invest in China as the trade ties between the two states continues.

China has been, and will continue to be, Australia’s largest trade partner both in export and import. With the free trade agreement between China and Australia, commodities will continual to flock to the Chinese market than from any other part of the world. Since the commodity prices in Australia have been on the rise, Paul projects that Australia will reap huge corporate profits from this trade, which will also increase the government taxes. As the economy of China goes under a transformation, the Chinese demand for some sophisticated manufactured goods from Australia will also increase. Other resources such as coal and different expertise will be exported to China.

The Australian economy has been benefiting much from its strong ties with China than from any of its other counterparts, says Paul. The failing terms of trade between China and the rest of the world will indirectly spur an era of economic prosperity to Australia. In closing, Paul emphasised that Australia should seek to continue in strengthening its trade ties with China in order to reap the economic benefits.

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The Challenges And Opportunities For The Australian And Global Economy

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Moir Group recently held our annual Norwest event at the Novatel in the Norwest Business Park, hosted by Director Karen Ryan and presented by Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist for Australia and NZ from HSBC Bank Limited.  

Paul’s presence and passion in presenting his extensive knowledge and insights around the global and national economic climates, was felt by everyone in the audience as he shared his engaging overview of how the Australian and Global economies are progressing, and how they relate to one another.

He started by presenting an optimistic view of the Australian economy and where we are headed, and this was largely due to Australia’s links and ties to the Asian economy. Pointing out that Australia had grown by 25% over the last 8 years, China by 90% and with the USA only growing 12% and Europe remaining stable/flat in growth over the same period. 

Recent figures show Australian’s GDP is still growing and Paul puts this down to three emerging sectors - Tourism, Business services and Education, with Australia’s increasing ability to export these services to China and other Asian countries.

Australia is enjoying its 25th year of growth and Paul said this was partly to the good management by the RBA.  He said we shouldn’t have our AAA rating changed as our net government debt is 18% of GDP and on a global comparison scale, this is a good result.

Risks to Australia and our continued success seem to come from off shore.  Nationally, especially in NSW and Victoria, things are going well.  NSW has a great emphasise on infrastructure and project spending. Offshore, we are China and Asia dependant so there is a slight risk if Australian travel stops, and also of purchasing of our services. A slight risk too if Trump is elected and his rhetoric becomes reality, as it is not good for global growth.  Brexit he said was not a big enough issue to effect USA, Asia or Australia, with the UK a small trading partner for us. 

Local fiscal policy and parliament is disappointing and ineffective, and it is good that the central bank is separate but not so good that there seems to be no agenda by the leading party with minority parties calling the shots. It means we are unlikely to have any major reforms around health or tax.  It won’t’ cause backward growth but it will make growth slower than it could otherwise be.

Paul said the last 8 years have seen a mining boom where we had a higher currency, higher interest rates with inflation under control and slowed other sectors. There was scope when the mining boom eased, to stimulate these other sectors.  It then moved to housing and infrastructure and now the service export sector is growing.  Interest rates and the dollar are now able to be lowered to stimulate these other sectors and we are no longer reliant on the mining income. 

Overall, Paul was optimist regarding Australia and the fact Asian immigration and tourism and international students are increasing and helping us move to the next phase of growth in Australia.  As long as this continues, GDP should continue to grow, wages should stabilize, unemployment rate should fall, and interest rates likely to remain stable for 18 months or so at least and the Aussie dollar seems to be at about the right level now too.

Seems we Australians and especially NSW folk are all in the right place for now, so keep on spending on services and make the most of the lower interest rates and enjoy holidaying and studying in Australia!   

It was refreshing to have this positive outlook and let’s watch and see what happens in November in the USA and we might get Paul back in if Mr Trump is elected!  

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The Challenges And Opportunities For the Australian and Global Economy

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

"The Challenges And Opportunities For the Australian and Global Economy” summarised by Heidi Davidson, Senior Consultant, Moir Group

Last month, Moir Group had the pleasure of hosting an event with guest speaker Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist at HSBC, and was focused around Australia’s rebalancing act.

In summary, Paul’s view is: 

  • As mining investment continues to fall, growth has been rebalancing towards housing activity, and now, the services sector

  • Although the rebalancing act has been slow - as it has been hindered by further falls in commodity prices, a high AUD and mistimed fiscal tightening

  • Household demand is strong and jobs growth is picking up

Australian Economy

Since the end of the mining boom in 2012, the re-balancing act is underway but it is a slow process. If you break it down by the States, WA/QLD/SA are weaker and NSW/VIC are definitely picking up.

How Is This Happening?

Interest rates are low, and the Australian dollar has continued to fall from its peak in 2011 at $1.10 to now sitting at 70c and the knock on effect of this are as follows:

  • Our exports therefore become more attractive
  • Tourism is rising from overseas visitors and Chinese tourism has risen by 140% with only 4% of the Chinese population currently holding passports. Plus more Australians decide to travel locally instead of overseas

  • Education has seen record highs for overseas enrollments into our Universities

  • A strong property market with house prices still rising across the nation. Capital cities have seen increases of 27% in the past 3 years, with Sydney’s housing market is up by 42% and Melbourne's up by 32%.

Residential building approvals are at the highest level they have ever been at 220,000. People are wanting to live closer to cities and there has been large amounts of urban infill and hence a rise in apartment living. The knock on effect of this is the demand for household durable goods which is running at 10% growth.

The labour market has seen some recent improvements and over the past year, 224,000 jobs have been created and jobs growth has lifted to 2% y-o-y.

So Why Has The Growth Been Challenging?

Business investment outside the mining sector is still uncertain, and this seems surprising when the pre-conditions are in place to support a pick-up in non-mining business investment ie interest rates are low, population growth is solid, the dollar has fallen. However Paul went on to say “that part of the challenge is in the measurement of these figures as the ABS capital expenditure survey only covers around half of all non-mining business investment, and the sectors that are showing the strongest pick-up in employment growth i.e the service sector including healthcare and education are not covered”. Paul also highlighted “these sectors are generally more labour and less capital intensive”.

Fiscal policy has not been helpful in supporting the re-balancing of growth because there was too little savings when the mining boom was strong. Paul went on to say “ a positive development has been that the government has shifted in the right direction in the May 2015 budget to a more pro-growth strategy", however Paul feels to lift productivity further, policy makers should focus on tax and regulatory reform. 

Global Economy

America is still recovering from 2008 and high debt levels have really constrained growth. The US is growing at 2.3% and their unemployment rate is stable at 5% which is seen as full employment, plus employment grew by a solid 220,000 jobs last month. The dollar has strengthened and the market expects US interest rates will start to lift.

The Australian economy in the same period since 2008 has experienced 16% growth and the US only 9% growth. (Australia’s alignment with China and the resources boom meant that we rode that wave as China is now 80% larger than it was in 2007).

The European economy is still 1% smaller than pre-GFC and the Greek situation though highly publicised is not really that relevant to Europe as a whole.

China has been slowing down however they are a lot bigger than they use to be so 7% growth this year still contributes considerably to global GDP. China is now demanding less hard commodities and now demanding services as they become more consumer driven, using the examples of Chinese international tourism and the demand for high quality food products ie meat, milk. 

The change in Indian government last year with Narendra Modi has seen the biggest shift in India in 30 years. India is growing faster and building infrastructure, and Paul sees India reaching where China has been in the next 5-10 years

Paul wrapped up by saying Australia is in its 24th year of GDP growth which has not been matched by any other country, and inflation has stayed at 2-3%. Mining is only 10% of the economy whilst the service sector accounts for around 73% of Australia’s GDP and over 80% of jobs. Therefore the service sector, supported by domestic and foreign demand is playing and will continue to play a pivotal role in re-balancing Australia and fiscal policy will need to support this. After listening to Paul's presentation, I know feel reasonably optimistic about the year ahead.

Thank you to everyone who came along to this event, if you would like information on any of our upcoming events, please head to our Event Page 

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