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CBA: House prices to the moon!

November 15, 2019 - 14:00 -- Admin

Via the excellent Garth Aird at CBA: Overview Australian capital city dwelling prices, led by Sydney and Melbourne, have risen sharply since mid-2019. RBA rate cuts, coupled with extra borrowing capacity from the APRA induced changes to loan serviceabilityassessment anda surprise election outcome that removed some taxation risksaround housing causedhome buyer interest return in force.

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RBA spins Australia’s record household debt load

November 15, 2019 - 13:40 -- Admin

RBA assistant governor, Michele Bullock, has played down concerns of Australia’s record household debt, claiming that the top 40% of income distribution account for three quarters of the debt load: “Three quarters of debt is owned by households that sit in the top 40 per cent of income distribution,” she told a conference in Melbourne.

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Recessionberg federation reform plan collapses in 24 hours

November 15, 2019 - 13:20 -- Admin

And why wouldn’t it? It was never more than a PR stunt, via The Australian: Federation reform could be the secret to improving productivity in Australia and avoiding blurred responsibility in fields such as health, the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has suggested. In a speech to be delivered at the University of Adelaide on Thursday, Frydenberg reveals

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NSW Treasurer: Infrastructure cannot outrun population ponzi

November 15, 2019 - 12:40 -- Admin

Despite undergoing a record $93 billion re build, and selling-off nearly every public asset possible, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet admits the state faces a massive infrastructure shortfall of $30 billion, as unrelenting immigration overruns Sydney: NSW faces a massive infrastructure funding shortfall of about $30 billion needed to drive projects critical to building the state’s

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Vic hospitals plunged into crisis as population growth overruns Budget

November 15, 2019 - 12:20 -- Admin

In the 14 years to June 2018, Melbourne’s population ballooned by 1,320,000 or 36%, with an average of 94,000 people flooding into the city each and every year, driven mostly via immigration: And over the next 48 years, Melbourne’s population is projected by the ABS to more than double to 10.2 million people, growing at

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ASIC hoses Costello push for mortgage fraud

November 15, 2019 - 12:00 -- Admin

Peter Costello covered himself in glory again this week: Former federal treasurer Peter Costello says Australia’s monetary policy has probably run its course and believes some changes to responsible lending laws would stimulate the economy. Mr Costello said there was “a lot of intervention” following the Hayne royal commission earlier this year, which may have

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“Ute recession” underlines construction bust

November 15, 2019 - 11:40 -- Admin

Via News: If you use ute sales as a marker of small business investment in Australia, you get the impression small business is terrified. Sales of light commercial vehicles collapsed in October 2019, down 11 per cent compared with October 2018. At the start of the 2019, sales were much the same as last year.

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German firms gallop out of Chinese supply chains

November 15, 2019 - 11:20 -- Admin

Trade war going swimmingly. Via the German Chamber of Commerce in China, things are not going well: One quarter of firms have given up on Chinese expansion: A range of reasons: With trade war issues at the top: Nasty impact from tarrifs: One quarter mulling relocation: Mostly to SE Asia: Chinese growth will keep slowing.

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Will China take the stimulus plunge again?

November 15, 2019 - 11:00 -- Admin

Via the FT: China’s fixed-asset investment growth has sunk to its lowest level in two decades as the Chinese leadership’s cautious stimulus fails to prop up the domestic economy in the face of a deepening slowdown. … The deepening economic slowdown, intensified by the US-China trade row, has ratcheted up pressure on Beijing to launch

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The problem with traditional ethical funds

November 15, 2019 - 10:40 -- Admin

Ethical investment inflows have doubled in 2019. But, the Wall Street Journal highlights a problem near to my heart: ethical investing is not the same to everyone. Funds with a focus on socially responsible investing are enjoying a record year of inflows. But many such portfolios aren’t as clean as investors might expect. Eight of

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