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Stephen
Koukoulas

Leading Australian economist.

Profile

Stephen Koukoulas is one of Australia’s leading economic thinkers, past Chief Economist of Citibank, head of global economic research in London for TD and Senior Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister.

Few economists have both the global and local experience of Stephen Koukoulas. His background covers the spectrum of economic insight - from his role as Chief Economist of Citibank, government advisor at the Federal Treasury, head of global research in London at TD and then to Senior Economic Advisor to the Australian Prime Minister.

Stephen’s combination of both public and private sector provides an unparalleled insight into the opportunities and risks of today’s markets. As a speaker Stephen has been called upon to discuss the economy with audiences as diverse as the corporate world to school students - an affirmation of his ability to turn complex economic analysis into terms mere mortals can understand.

Unlike many bank economists, Stephen offers his insights and analysis without fear or favour.

In these uncertain financial times, Stephen combines tailored economic overview and analysis with a level of humour and engagement not usually associated with the economics.

Expertise
Talking Points

The Housing Market

Housing - what is more important and topical for Australian consumers, investors and policy makers alike. And right now, house prices are falling, eating away at household wealth, risking a period of economic weakness in the year ahead. What’s more, housing construction is on the cusp of a slump, driven by a credit crunch and a free-fall in investor demand. What will drive the housing market over the next few years?

1. House prices are falling - Sydney, Melbourne and Perth are all experiencing falls
2. How long will it last and where is the bottom?
3. What of new housing supply versus new demand?
4. Do householders have so much debt that future borrowing will be limited?
5. RBA interest rates - what are the effects if they move up or down?
6. How are major City Councils and Regional Councils dealing with the housing market?
7. Is there a crisis?
8. When should I buy? Owner-occupiers versus investors.

The Kouk’s Influencers

Economics matters. Understanding where the economy is and where it is going will drive profits, investment decisions and employment opportunities.

This is why the weekly run of economic news is so important. Keeping up to date with these trends, what they mean for interest rates, the Australian dollar and financial markets is the key to staying ahead of the pack. It is also where policy issues are so important. And this is not just interest rates, but what the government does on tax, spending and changes to rules and regulations.

And of course, the critical thing is what to do about this news, how it might impact your business, your clients and your personal finances.

Boosting Financial Security for all Australian Women

Stephen delivered a White Paper to the Government outlining the issues associated with the financial security for women. You can read the document here: Boosting Economic Security for All Women

Stephen has presented his paper to a Parliamentary Committee and will be continue to advise the government on gender inequality and women’s financial security issues.

This very topical and relevant subject matter makes for a perfect additional Keynote Topic for Stephen in 2019.

Stephen covered the following in the White Paper:

- The gender Pay Gap
- Superannuation Gap
- Child Care Access
- Workforce Participation
- Access to Education
- What can be done at a government level to address these issues?
- What can your business do to be a leader in this vital issue of equity?
- What are other companies doing to detail with economic and financial security for women?
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One of Australia's most influential economists. The Australian Financial Review
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