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Guest Expert

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

property market

Housing affordability problems might not be all bad

Housing affordability is often not the only problem households face, ore often the compounding effects of multiple problems leave people unable to cope, which is why one solution won’t work for all, writes… Emma Baker, University of Adelaide For all the talk of a housing affordability crisis across Australia, having unaffordable housing isn’t necessarily bad…


Weekly economic update: Business confidence spikes but uncertainty reigns

Uncertainty about energy prices and political dithering on company tax rates point to businesses waiting before investing heavily, writes… Richard Holden, UNSW This week: business confidence spikes, unemployment is flat, and the market gets ready for a US interest rate rise. Last week I outlined a provocative idea about why business confidence could be relatively…

property investment

Where are we in the global investment cycle? What does this mean for investors?

When it comes to the global investment cycle, it’s often hard to pin point where we really stand, especially with the overload of daily media headlines.   In an Oliver’s Insight, Dr. Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital, breaks through all the noise to explain the current condition. Here’s what he had to say:  It’s now a…

property economy market

Make housing affordable and cut road congestion all at once? Here’s a way

A combination of transit-oriented centres, inclusionary zoning and a special rate on land instead of stamp duty could make housing more affordable by cutting congestion, development and travel costs, writes… Martin Payne, University of Sydney Two of the most pressing problems for Australian cities are housing affordability and traffic congestion. But there is an approach…


How Australia can spread the benefits of our bulging infrastructure pipeline

With one of the world’s largest infrastructure pipelines, Australian governments could leverage their procurement spending power to benefit the communities where the work is done, writes… Martin Loosemore, UNSW Australia Good infrastructure can transform the social fabric of local communities, regional economies and national prosperity. The 2012 Olympics’ impact on London’s East End and the…

property economy market

A vastly changed world means consumers won’t react the same to higher interest rates

If the stars align, consumers will benefit from increased economic activity in the short term, and if they don’t, then the economic recovery will have consumers saving more in uncertain times, writes… Katherine Hunt, Griffith University The Reserve Bank today kept interest rates at a record low of 1.5%. Such low rates create economic uncertainty…

Work life balance choices

Work hour limits need to change for better mental health and gender equality

Australia needs to tackle the widespread belief that it’s fair or feasible for people to work long hours without compromising either their health or gender equality, writes… Huong Dinh, Australian National University; Jennifer Welsh, Australian National University, and Lyndall Strazdins, Australian National University Australian businesses need to adhere to a healthy work hour limit for…


Is Donald Trump’s honeymoon with investors over?

Donald Trump has wasted no time executing new policies as the American President – but will they backfire? In an Oliver’s Insight, Dr. Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital, discusses the potential backlash from investors, HERE’S WHAT HE SAID:  Since the US election last November US and global shares rallied around 8% and Australian shares rallied…


What’s the real value of your smashed avocado?

How many hipster breakfasts could your property buy you? Asks…  Graham Cookes, – Insights Blog There has been a lot of discussion across the media recently following Bernard Salt bemoaning the gall of millennials spending $22 a pop on “smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread” rather than saving for a home…