Currency, oil and the reporting season

With the interim reporting season now under way, we focus on how the falling Australian dollar and oil price can affect companies' operations.

Summary: The reporting season for the first half of FY15 is now underway, with the majority of ASX-listed companies due to release their results in the next four weeks. Even when adopting a "bottom-up" stock picking approach, investors need to be aware of several key macro issues amid the increasingly volatile environment. These include the fall in the Australian dollar, the rapid drop in the oil price, management’s ability to cut costs and consumer spending.

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