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Apart from our regular team of experts, we frequently publish commentary from guest contributors who are authorities in their field.

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Capital gains tax concession is too generous: economists poll

The Economics Society of Australia (ESA) Monash Forum polled economists on whether capital gains tax deductions for housing investment should be removed, writes… Maria Yanotti, University of Tasmania As the federal budget approaches, the government is grappling with ways to enhance housing affordability, including reforming the current 50% capital gains tax (CGT) deduction on property…

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The latest ideas to use super to buy homes are still bad ideas

The latest thought bubbles about using super savings for housing might be less harmful than in the past, but they would be just as ineffective, writes… John Daley, Grattan Institute and Brendan Coates, Grattan Institute Treasurer Scott Morrison wants to use the May budget to ease growing community anxiety about housing affordability. Lots of ideas…


Weekly economic update: If it looks like a bubble and sounds like a bubble…

Australia’s central bank is still trying to walk a delicate tightrope, writes… Richard Holden, UNSW This week: Australia’s housing obsession continues, and it’s difficult to assess the future path of interest rates. I didn’t think it was possible for there to be more focus on the Australian housing market than in 2016, but the last…

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Business Briefing: how the attitudes of the next generation are changing the property market

There’s been a shift in attitudes to the property market over generations, from owning a home as a right, to owning a home as a commodity, writes… Nicholas, The Conversation Generations X and Y are becoming just as, or even more aggressive, than the baby boomers as investors.  An example of this are the “rentvestors”,…

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The Australian housing market – what are the key issues?

In an Oliver’s Insight, Dr. Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital looks at the key issues facing Australia’s housing market.  The cooling in the Sydney and Melbourne property markets evident in late 2015 in response to macro prudential tightening deployed by APRA has proved ephemeral. Price gains have reaccelerated and auction clearance rates & lending to property…


The Australian economy and profits – seven reasons to be upbeat

In an Oliver’s Insight, Dr. Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital, gives an insight into Australia’s economic state, assuring Aussies to remain optimistic.  Here’s what he had to say: For the last few years we have heard constant predictions of a recession in Australia as the mining boom turned to bust and a housing bust was seen to follow. …