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By Brett Warren

Drowning in Cash? Do you have more cash stashed than before Covid?

How has the pandemic induced recession affected you?

Clearly many people and many businesses have, and still are, suffering.

Cash Money

But at the same time more Australians have stashed more of their cash in the banks.

They have rapidly amassed close to $100billion in total savings as a buffer against the COVID-19 recession.

Household deposits with financial institutions it up almost 12% over the year.

In September alone $16.5billion flowed into bank deposit accounts and since the pandemic household deposits are up a cumulative $99.5bn (or 10.1% on Feb 2020 levels ).

Sure interest rates may be at record lows, and tipped to go lower, but it seems that Aussies don't want to borrow unless it's to buy a home.

Household Cash

The rise in the last month was partly driven by tax refunds, but notwithstanding households deposits are up $115.2billion on the same period last year.

Driving the increase in savings has been increased government payments, superannuation withdrawals worth some $34.5billion to date, and repayment deferrals, which have offset the hit to household incomes in aggregate.

That puts us in a great position as we move forward

The key implication here is that if unemployment continues to rise as government support is tapered, the household sector has a fair degree of liquidity that could then underpin consumption even as that support is tapered.

Savings At Banks

NAB reports that credit growth (new loans) is rising -  up 0.1% this month as owner-occupier housing credit starts lifting (housing +0.4% m/m with owner-occupier +0.5% m/m)

But investor lending is subdued (+0.1% m/m), as is business credit (-0.3% m/m and its fifth consecutive month of decline.)


Credit Growth

Mortgage Stress at near record low

​​Roy Morgan research shows an estimated 751,000 mortgage holders (20.2%) were at risk of ‘mortgage stress’ in the three months to August 2020.
This is near the record lows of a year ago, when only 723,000 mortgage holders were considered ‘At Risk’ in the three months to October 2019.
However, the figure has been driven down by Federal Government financial support for employees and businesses, and by major help provided by banks to borrowers in response to the pandemic, including mortgage pauses.
Both these elements have significantly tapered off and will continue to do so before finishing completely.


Mortgage Stress

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About Brett Warren Brett Warren is National Director of Metropole Properties and uses his two decades of property investment experience to advise clients how to grow, protect and pass on their wealth through strategic property advice.
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