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Insights into a post COVID recovery
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Understanding how Covid lockdowns have impacted certain individuals and industries, helps to inform us about how quickly the economy and markets may recover. With this in mind, I thought it was useful to share a number of charts published recently by the RBA and banks which provide important and interesting insights. Covid has discriminated against younger workers…

Has COVID-19 changed real estate forever?
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Has COVID-19 changed real estate forever? A report from real estate company McGrath has concluded the pandemic will certainly cause sectors of the population to adjust both their way of thinking and their behaviour in a permanent way. The home The virus has prompted many Australians to reassess their lives and make new choices for…

Deflation and low rates support dwelling values through the pandemic, but could weaken the position of non-home owners
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The latest CPI results from the ABS showed a 1.6% increase in the consumer price index over the September quarter. The increase was the highest quarterly result since 2006, and adjusting for a strong rise in inflation takes some shine off the recent value increases seen across smaller capital city housing markets in the period. Factoring…

A guide to smart money choices for your age group
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Life is a journey – sometimes positive sometimes negative – it’s certainly not a straight line. Right now many people are feeling flat, having been whacked with COVID-19 – with many feeling financial pressure like never before. It’s important to keep perspective and realise that your current situation is not permanent. As humans we all…

5 charts on how COVID-19 is hitting Australia's young adults hard
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The following five charts provide a snapshot of how COVID-19 is affecting Australians aged 18-24. Though the health impacts of the coronavirus fall most on the elderly, it is young adults that have been hit hardest by the economic and psychological costs of the pandemic response. The data for the charts comes from results gleaned…

As the COVID-19 death toll passes 1 million, how does it compare to other major killers?
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More than a million people have now died of COVID-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 – in the nine months since the first cases were reported in China. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called it an “agonizing milestone” – and Reuters calculated it equated to one person dying every 16 seconds. While the pandemic…

Is now a good time to buy property considering the Coronavirus led recession?
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Is now a good time to buy property? Should I hold off and wait for property values to fall further? What’s ahead for our economy and the property markets as Australia falls into recession? These are the type of questions I’m regularly answering for our clients at Metropole and for the many journalists who have…

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