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BWX Limited: Skin care

John Humble is the CEO and founder of BWX Limited – an ASX listed skin care business. The main brand it’s got is Sukin and John started the business way back in 1993 – it’s now a $950 million business. Alan Kohler gave John a call to find out more about the company and its growth.

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  • Are Australian banks a good investment in 2018?
    In this week's Funds Research, we ask our experts whether banks are a good investment in 2018. There's also the usual commentary overviews, this week on topics ranging from sustainable investing to Greece's economic recovery.

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Q:What’s your view on the likelihood of interest rate rises in 2018? With household debt still so high, I can’t see rises on the cards, but does that leave business growth to gallop on for another 12-24 months? What’s your views and the flow on implications for households and businesses?

A: I think there’s a chance there is no interest rate increase increase in 2018, apart from what you said, which is the household debt, now 200% on average of disposable income.  The other problem is the strong Australian Dollar.  That also constrains the RBA.  They don’t want the dollar going back up to parity.  That would kill manufacturing and exports etc.