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Catch up on the most interesting articles I’ve read this week
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Catch up on the most interesting articles I’ve read this week

There are more interesting articles, commentaries and analyst reports on the Web every week than anyone could read in a month. Each Saturday morning I like to share some of the ones I’ve read during the week. So pour yourself a mug of strong brew, settle into your favorite easy chair, and get ready for some weekend…

Foreign investment changes should expose the rorters
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Foreign investment changes should expose the rorters

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By Margaret McKenzie, Deakin University There has been a lot of talk about how foreign investors are distorting the Australian property markets. This week Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott announced a proposal to charge foreign investors a minimum of A$5000 on residential property investment applications. However none of the measures suggested are backed up by clear evidence as to where…

Interest-only and investor lending continued to increase up to the end of 2014
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Interest-only and investor lending continued to increase up to the end of 2014

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released data on residential property exposures by Australian Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs).  The data was published up to the end of December 2014.  The information provides additional insight into the nature of mortgage lending by Australian banks, building societies and credit unions.   According to APRA’s data, at…

Our Ageing Population Threatens Society with Unsustainable Debt | John Edwards
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Our Ageing Population Threatens Society with Unsustainable Debt | John Edwards

Our ageing population threatens Australia with unsustainable debt. But before I discuss this, let’s see what’s happening in our property markets: In Table 1, below I present the growth rates and other statistics for our housing markets across Australia. Table 1: Market Performance The Sydney property market is continuing in its ‘boom’ growth path. The…

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