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IMF warns on house prices and negative gearing

11 February 2017 | AFR

Negative Gearing

The International Monetary Fund has urged Australia's regulators to double down on their efforts to ensure the nation's banks are resilient enough to "withstand a significant housing market correction" while raising concerns that negative gearing is pushing property prices to extremes.



ASX in 2016: shocks, turnarounds, and those marvellous miners

01 January 2017 | The Age

In a year characterised by a series of shocks and sharp reversals of fortunes, many shareholders will remember 2016 as the year Australia's miners roared back to life after a painfully long period in the doldrums.


Will Aussie dollar tank when US rates overtake Australia's in 2017?

29 December 2016 | The Age

There is a "realistic" prospect that in 2017 interest rates in the United States will be higher than in Australia for the first time in 15 years, NAB economists say. The last time this happened, the Aussie dollar plunged as low as US48¢.


Have interest rates bottomed?

10 May 2015 |

Bottom

The Australian economy is wedged between a recovering US and a slowing China. But it does seem likely that the interest rate falls may be nearing their end.


Chasing yield is getting harder

05 May 2015 |

HarderThe RBA's decision to drop interest rates again has made it difficult for those relying on term deposits for their income. Finding the right sort of yield remains a problem.


Household debt looms large

15 March 2015 | David James

DebtAustralia's soaring private indebtedness is a growing problem. But is is not certain that much can be done about it.


Super concession our biggest tax expenditure

15 December 2014 |

PieThe concessions on super are Australia's biggest tax expenditure according to the latest MYEFO statement. It raises some tricky economic and political issues.


Older generation v younger generations

09 December 2014 |

OldThe growing divide between the older and younger generations in Australia will determine the political context for super over the coming decades.


Does the dropping oil price indicate deflation?

30 November 2014 |

deflationThe sharp drop in the oil price has been replicated in gold, the $A and copper. It all points to an intensifying of deflationary pressure.


Where are interest rates heading?

29 October 2014 |

Where toRelatively benign inflation numbers suggest that we are heading into a stable interest rate environment. It suggests that DIY investors will need to diversify away from cash to get good returns.


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