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National Australia Bank economists have conceded the possibility of a cut in official interest rates before the end of 2019, reversing their earlier stance of a rate rise in late 2020.

National Australia Bank will raise $750m via a Tier 1 hybrid issue to be listed on the ASX.

The US Federal Reserve’s pause on interest rate rises last week was a relief for equity markets and riskier types of credit, but investors should prepare for increases later in 2019, says Mellon’s head of multi-sector strategies.

New homebuilding permits have bucked predictions and fallen for the second month to a new five-and-a-half year low, as credit tightens and Australian house prices continue to slide.

A series of votes on amendments to May's Brexit plan has left the Prime Minister with a large task ahead as the clock ticks towards the scheduled date of EU withdrawal

As expected, the US Federal Reserve has left rates unchanged, and adopted a 'patient' stance on future moves.

As the US Government shutdown moves into its fifth week, investors have growing concerns about what it will mean for the stock market

Several key domestic events will occur in 2019, including the handing down of the banking royal commission's final report, and elections of both federal and state NSW governments.

Spot prices for gold and copper rallied last week - but longer term, the trade dispute between US and China has weighed on metals prices.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned MPs that failing to deliver Brexit would be catastrophic for democracy, two days before parliament is expected to reject her deal with Brussels.

Fixed income assets will be even more important to investors’ capital preservation strategies this year than last, but some sectors are safer than others, says John Likos.

Retail spending rose 0.4 per cent in November, beating market expectations, in a sign that Australians have embraced the the Black Friday and Cyber Monday discount sales.