December saw an uptick in Covid infections worldwide. Daily case numbers in the US topped one million for the first time, underlining the ongoing challenge of the pandemic.
Australia is in the midst of its biggest decline in immigration for more than 100 years.
That suggests housing construction activity could slow and that that the labour force could shrink in the years ahead.
A rally in the second half of the month helped global share markets generate solid gains in January, extending the rally from November and December.
Recent research shows why giving to others can provide us with a mental boost. We feel happier when we have a choice in how and who we give, and when we see the results of our generosity.
Investment markets have shown a lot of enthusiasm for AI and Chat GPT technology. AI productivity gains could boost economic growth and
share market performance across the world.