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Craig James

Craig James is CommSec’s Chief Economist.

On leaving school Craig James joined the (then) Rural Bank, whilst undertaking university studies. He received his Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) at University of NSW in 1984 and then a Master of Commerce (Economics) at the same university in 1988.

He remained at the Rural Bank, which became the State Bank over time and then Colonial, working in branches, Corporate, Planning and Economic Research.

He became chief economist of Colonial Group in September 1987, before becoming chief economist at CommSec in August 2000 with the Commonwealth takeover of Colonial.

In 2002 Craig had a sea-change, joining the Australian Financial Review. He had always wanted to pursue a role in journalism and enjoyed the role as an economic commentator and analysts, finding that he could pursue a journalistic-type role as well as doing more electronic media work at CommSec and rejoined the group in 2003.

On taking the reigns of chief economist at Colonial, Craig endeavoured to style their research in a “user-friendly” way – something that set their research apart and still does today. The approach has been successful in their media work and in promoting Colonial, and then CommSec, to the general public. CommSec is the most quoted economic group in the mainstream media.

CommSec economic reports are a bit different in that they devise tools such as the ‘Mums and Dads’ share index and the iPod index, and undertake research on the weather and demographic changes to show how they affect the economy.

Craig currently does around 2-3 regular TV crosses a day, ad hoc radio and newspaper interviews and writes regular commentaries as well as presenting to staff, clients and external organisations.

Outside work, Craig's main interests are athletics (cross country in winter), weight training, reading widely across a range of newspapers, magazines and electronic media, and trying to keep up with the children.

25 September 2020
Australia: Home prices in focus

There will be another mixed array of new economic data and survey results in the coming week.

21 September 2020
Good morning, Australia

Catch up on the latest market and economic news from Australia and around the world.

18 September 2020
Australia: Mixed statistical offerings

In the coming week, there will be a mixed array of new data, survey results and speeches.

14 September 2020
Good morning, Australia

Catch up on the latest market and economic news from Australia and around the world.

11 September 2020
Australia: Monthly job statistics in focus

In a rare tame week for key economic data it is Thursday’s job figures that clearly stands out.

7 September 2020
Good morning, Australia

Catch up on the latest market and economic news from Australia and around the world.

4 September 2020
Australia: Jobs, wages & confidence data dominate

In the coming week, there are a number of key economic indicators and events to focus on. The payroll jobs & wages data, business and consumer confidence surveys and lending figures are the highlights.

31 August 2020
Good morning, Australia

Catch up on the latest market news locally and around the world.

28 August 2020
Australia: Historic week in prospect

A quirk of the statistical schedule is that each change of season is ushered in by a barrage of economic data and events.

24 August 2020
Good morning, Australia

Catch up on the latest market and economic news from Australia and around the world.

21 August 2020
Australia: Spotlight on business investment data

In the coming week, June quarter data on construction activity and business investment will be adversely impacted by the virus lockdown over April and May. But weekly card spending, consumer confidence, jobs and wages figures will provide a timelier update on the health of the economy.

17 August 2020
Good morning, Australia

Catch up on the latest market and economic news from Australia and around the world.

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