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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 12:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen Last weekend, CoreLogic released its preliminary auction clearance rates, which revealed the following results: Today, CoreLogic has released its final auction results, which reported a 3.0% decline in the final national auction clearance rate to 51.1%: As you can see, Sydney’s auction clearance rate fell by 5.2% to 54.0% whereas Melbourne’s fell

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 12:15 Source

Via New Daily: Labor is preparing to unleash a Mediscare 2.0-style campaign, claiming the Morrison government cannot be trusted on GP fee increases and cuts to health. In her first major speech to the National Press Club, opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King said having failed to introduce the $7 GP co-payment, the Prime Minister was trying

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 12:00 Source

By Leith van Onselen A strong theme of this housing bust has been the degree to which value falls have been driven by the top-end of the market. As shown in the next chart, the top 25% of capital city homes (“High Value”) fell 9.9% in the year to January 2019, versus falls of 4.8%

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:45 Source

This is totally perverse from the ABC: South Australia is losing a very important battle — to win the hearts and minds of those migrating to Australia. Premier Steven Marshall wants to gain some ground by attracting skilled migrants to the state rather than Victoria and New South Wales, as the State Government holds a

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:43 Source

Where’s the ever bullish Bloxo? Via HSBC: “While the [global] risks appear to have receded for now, this may be masking the growing risks from the second, which is gathering momentum and deserves more attention. “The deceleration in the flow of housing credit has been evident since at least early 2018 but has only recently

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen With a veritable conga-line of analysts calling on the federal government to write-down the value of the National Broadband Network (NBN) by $20 billion in order to make the wholesale costs low enough for telcos to remain profitable and to provide customers with competitively priced high-speed internet, ACCC head Rod Sims

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:20 Source

A detailed review of Australia's main grid for 2018 shows a big increase in renewables, gains in efficiency, lower demand, and a substantial fall in emissions.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen Following on from Gerard Minack’s report contending that “a recession in Australia is becoming more likely”,  Longview Economics has delivered a similar verdict: Summary & Conclusion: Excess in the Australian housing market has been widely discussed by investors and commentators for a number of years. Underpinned by cheap money, house prices

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THE BLOT REPORT Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:04 Source

Recidivist ‘ruperter’ Simon Benson, who was recently caught indulging in some fundament osculation with Tony Abbott1, has acted as stenographer for Scott Morrison, repeating the drivel the latter came out with yesterday, after the Medevac Bill passed the House of Representatives.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:45 Source

I gave up on the Baltic Dry many years ago when a shipping glut dislocated it from wider global economic activity. Is it time to revisit it? If so, it is not painting a pretty picture: There are a few reasons to be wary of the crash: China’s recent rolling import coal bans are piling

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen Listed developer Villa World reported a 2018-19 interim net profit of $17.6 million, which is in line with the same period in 2017-18. However, the company reported a 30% slump in sales volumes to 517 lots during 1H19, versus 742 lots in 1H18: Demand for the Company’s core product – affordable land

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) clearly does not trust APRA to do its job and protect the economy. Because the RBNZ has launched a proposal to raise tier 1 regulatory capital held by the banks to 16%: Under the proposal, over five years or so, banks’ Tier 1 capital

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:00 Source

By Leith van Onselen With Australia’s consumer economy facing massive headwinds from the plummeting housing market and the likely reversal in the household savings rate: The RBA’s head of economic analysis, Alexandra Heath, has reached once more for the wage growth unicorn, claiming that rising wages growth will offset any fall in household consumption. From The

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 09:45 Source

Via The Guardian: The former One Nation senator Brian Burston has denied allegations that he sexually harassed a staff member and retaliated against Pauline Hanson, his former leader, by accusing her of making unwanted advances towards him. After Hanson used a speech in the Senate on Tuesday night to accuse an unnamed senator of “serious

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 09:33 Source

By Chris Becker  Risk markets are still floating along on a positive sentiment vibe while the USD reversed course overnight, surging against the majors and knocking gold back to its lowest level in two weeks. Treasury yields continue to climb, now above 2.71% as the latest CPI print came in a little hotter than expected.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 09:30 Source

If you thought the banks were about release the spiggot on credit think again, via the AFR: The federal government has told the banks and regulators there will be a fresh industry inquiry in three years to ensure they have improved their behaviour and are treating customers better. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg wrote this week to

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 09:15 Source

Iron ore prices for February 13, 2019: Everything down but easing. Who knows where we go next in the short term? So long as there are no more Vale shocks then I’d expect material downside over the next three months but that’s in the lap of the mining gods now.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 09:00 Source

DXY was strong again last night as EUR puked lower: The Australian dollar was bashed back into place versus the USD but did better against other DMs: And EMs: Gold sagged: Not oil: Base metals remain worried: Big miners are not: EM stocks fell: Junk did better: Treasuries were hosed: Bunds too: Stocks added modest

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 07:29 Source

Such measures were always going to come on the heels, and heavily so, of the Utopians. Where there is Internet Utopia, Dystopia follows with dedicated cynicism. Where there are untrammelled means of searching, there will be efforts to erect signposts, usually of a warning nature. Like the librarian ever worried of her reader finding something…

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 00:20 Source

By Leith van Onselen Tuesday’s Lending to households and businesses release from the ABS revealed that total mortgage lending (excluding refinancings) tanked by 10.1% in the 2018 calendar year in rolling annual terms, driven by an epic 23.6% crash in investor commitments, whereas owner-occupied commitments fell by a more moderate 3.2%: As shown above, annual investor

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 00:19 Source

This is not good. Via the AFR: China has introduced jail terms for operators of “underground banks” illegally helping tens of thousands of its citizens transfer money out of the country to buy property overseas, in a move developers warn is a big blow to Australia’s real estate market. China’s Supreme Court quietly introduced stiff

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 00:10 Source

From John Hewson at Domain, who keeps heading Scummo off at the pass: Scott Morrison is attempting to create some electoral victory from the jaws of his historic parliamentary defeat by launching a scare campaign being headlined as “Blame Shorten for boats”. Clearly, if any boats do arrive between now and the May election, the

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Wealth Inequality Is Way Worse Than You Think, And Tax Havens Play A Big Role – Forbes Bill Gates tweeted out a chart and sparked a huge debate about global poverty – VOX A hedge fund’s ‘mercenary’ strategy: Buy newspapers, slash jobs, sell the buildings – Washington Post Bill

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Your Democracy Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 20:07 Source
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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 18:09 Source

Uber competitor Lyft offers "Green Mode" options for users of its rideshare network, allowing passengers to choose to be picked up by an electric car.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 18:03 Source

The inevitable shift to electric cars is being celebrated by one of Australia's largest independent car dealer franchises, right in the heart of Tony Abbott's Warringah electorate.

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THE BLOT REPORT Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 17:38 Source

Tony Abbott has told dodgy radio station 2GB that asylum-seekers are “having a lend of us” because most of them are “economic refugees”1. While commenting on anything Tony Abbott says is a little risky because his inarticulacy tends to make one think he may have, at the time, simply lost a connection between what remains of his brain and his gob, and said something he didn’t really mean to say. However, I’ll have a stab at this one because like most of these desperate muppets in the federal government, he will say anything to try to fight against the existential threat to his political career posed by Zali Stegall2.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 17:30 Source

Another solid day on stock markets across Asia following the moves higher on Wall Street overnight with Chinese stocks leading the way as expectations for the US/China trade deal become more positive. The Australian dollar launched on the sentiment survey while the Yuan remained firm against USD. The Shanghai Composite closed nearly 2% higher, making big

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 15:23 Source

2018 was a record-smashing year for solar farms. So where did all of that grid-scale solar power go in?

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 15:23 Source

Australian arm of global oil major firms plans to build 120MW solar farm in Queensland, and says its partly owned Sonnen has sold 3,000 battery units in Australia.

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