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Stephen Koukoulas

Stephen Koukoulas is one of Australia’s leading economic visionaries, past Chief Economist of Citibank 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 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.

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.

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My topics...

If you need a reliable and informed economic forecasting at both local and international levels, look no further. Informed by Stephen's exceptionally broad experience and background, this presentation ties together complex fiscal policy with current macroeconomic data to provide comprehensive insights into how current economic trends will impact your business. This presentation can be tailored to include a wide range of topics including:

  • Where the economy is going
  • Which sectors are strong? Which are in decline?
  • What are the economic opportunities in the near term or over the next few years?
  • Local and international market forces

What are the causes of macroeconomic conditions in Australasia and abroad? How long can the strong Aussie dollar last, what has caused its meteoric rise and what might be its downfall? How do interest rate decisions affect home buyers, small business and corporations? All of these questions and more can be addressed in Stephen's presentation on cause and effect in economics. This presentation can include analysis and information on the influence of:

  • Financial markets and stocks
  • The Aussie dollar
  • Interest rates
  • General and specific taxation conditions (including the effect of the Carbon Tax)
  • The effect of politics on your business segment

See me...

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What's Ahead for Australia

August 16th 2016

We know the good times are over – the only questions are how long and how deep the weakness will be? Stephen Koukoulas provides an economic projection for the future.

What's Hot in The Economy?

December 1st 2015

As we begin to wrap up another year, we asked one of Australia's premier and favourite economists Stephen Koukoulas for his fascinating take on 'What's HOT in the economy?'

More than qualified to comment as former Senior Economic Advisor to Prime Minister Gillard, and with over 25 years as a Chief Economist, 2016 looks set to bring some positives with consumer spending and tourism. Other areas of the economy have a more tumultuous outlook...

Grow Your Wealth

June 16th 2015

In this extract from his new book, Myth Busting Economics, Stephen Koukoulas discusses housing affordability and the difficulty of buying your first home or flat.

A pain point especially for young Australians, Stephen shares how buying a live-in house with a 10 year timeframe in mind is a smart investment, provides security and sets you up for life.

Our world in charts

Our world in charts

An old proverb says: “a picture paints a thousand words” and in this book, the pictures are the charts. Our World in Charts has over 150 charts that depict a range of economic, market and social issues. There is a lot of information in each chart and each tells a story which authors Alan Kohler and Stephen Koukoulas explain.

Charts give context. An annual budget deficit of $30 billion sounds a lot, but relative to the size of the economy in 2017 it’s about the average of the last 40 years. A chart can show this. Ask a good economist, “how are you today?” and they should answer, “relative to what?” Charts show how the economy or markets are today relative to the past.

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