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Investors are exploiting returns on debt financing to muscle out home buyers

New research shows the actual returns on equity for housing investors are higher than most people realise – This helps explain why investors are able to out-compete other home buyers, writes… Chyi Lin Lee, Western Sydney University Investors have played an increasingly important role in the Australian housing market in recent years.  Our new, yet-to-be-published…

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Weekly economic update: Trump’s innumerate budget makes Australia’s look plausible

Trump’s budget is bad in every way – But that doesn’t excuse us here of ridiculous assumptions, writes… Richard Holden, UNSW This week: An innumerate US budget puts poor people last, and Australia is yet to have a sophisticated discussion about tax reform. The Trump administration proposed its first budget this week. The plan contains…

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Three reasons why the risks for the Australian dollar are still on the downside

In an Oliver’s Insight, Dr. Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital discusses concerns around the Australian dollar.  In January 2016 the Australian dollar fell to just above $US0.68, its lowest level since 2009 and down 38% from its 2011 high. But since then, after a brief rebound, it has been stuck in a range between $US0.72 and…

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Budget 2017: lack of competition is why government is moving so hard against the banks

The budget included a few measures to make the banking sector more competitive, but they don’t go far enough, writes… Harry Scheule, University of Technology Sydney With it’s latest budget the government has made a number of moves to create a level playing field in the banking system. It’s taxing the five largest banks, announced…

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The 2017-18 Australian Budget – Pragmatism and fairness rule

In an Oliver’s Insight, Dr. Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital discusses the implication of the latest federal budget.  The 2017-18 Budget has much to make it popular. In fact, the goodies make it almost feel like a pre-election rather than a post-election budget. The transformation from the austerity to end “the age of entitlement” of…

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