The world began 2020 much as it ended in 2019. There was growing optimism in the global economy with expectations that the US and China had ‘buried the hatchet’ on trade disputes and the United Kingdom would be exiting the European Union (EU) in a less disruptive fashion. This optimism lasted until February.
In Australia, economic growth in the September 2019 quarter remained weak with annual growth at 1.7% in the Autumn 2020 economic outlook.
The trade war between the United States and China continued during the September 2019 quarter as the US imposed new tariffs on goods imported from China.
The recent Federal election will have a major influence on the economy as will government spending in the future. Read why.
What happened to the share market in 2018? Globally, share markets were down during the December 2018 quarter with the Australian share market falling 8.4% and the global share market index dropping 11.1%.
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