For Part two of the panel discussion please visit Part 2

The annual Breakfast with the Economists brings together the top economists in Australia and New Zealand from across the financial services sector.

Over the three sessions in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne each panel analysed the opportunities and challenges facing both the regional and global economies - providing tremendous insight into issues of real interest and concern to the financial markets.

In part one of two, the panel discusses these key issues affecting the Australian and global economies:

The outlook for world growth
Are the markets predicting another downturn? The current levels of risk
The possibility that weaknesses in the G3 economies will drag emerging markets down
Standard and Poor's reasons for their US rating downgrade
The outlook for US and Europe - the key differences to consider for credit ratings
The domestic economy - is the multi-speed economy different this time?
Commodities - growth and demand over the next few years
The factors the RBA will be considering in making interest rate decisions
Economic and policy risks leading into 2012

Each session featured a different panel of experts. The full Sydney session is provided in this video.

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Introductory remarks: John Bailey, Standard & Poor’s
Moderator: Stephen Koukoulas
Panellists: Michael Blythe, Commonwealth Bank
Kyran Curry, Standard & Poor’s
Bill Evans, Westpac
Warren Hogan, ANZ
Shane Oliver, AMP Capital Investors

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