AUSTRALIAN DIARY: Everything you need to know about the week ahead for markets


It’s a quieter schedule of key data both at home and abroad, and global markets had a relatively calm session on Friday to end the week.

ASX futures markets closed flat and the Aussie dollar will open lower on Monday at 0.7154 US cents, after the USD strengthened against all the major currencies.

The S&P500 edged higher to cap a 1.2% weekly gain amid optimism on US-China trade talks, although reports on Friday indicated US President Trump still plans to implement further tariffs.

Benchmark US 10-year bond yields rose back to the 3% level for the first time since August 1.

To the week ahead:


RBA minutes on Tuesday will provide some more insight on the board’s thinking, after committee members left rates on hold for the 25th straight month at the September meeting.

Then there’s an update on the economic outlook with Westpac’s leading index for August on Wednesday morning.

That will be a followed by a speech from the RBA’s Chris Kent called “Money Creation” at 11:30am AEST.

From the ABS this week, there’s the residential property price index for the June quarter on Wednesday, and figures for overseas departures & arrivals for July on Tuesday.


It’s a quiet schedule of headline data in the US this week.

Elsewhere, the Bank of Japan will make its interest rate policy announcement on Wednesday. That will be followed by UK inflation and retail sales data this week.

Then New Zealand has Q2 GDP on Thursday morning, and there’s August inflation data for Japan and Canada on Friday.

Also on Friday, markets will get on update on the global economy with a raft of preliminary September PMI data for Japan, the US and Europe.

Here’s this week’s full calendar, via Westpac: