Houses and Holes

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29 July links: Farce goes on

        Up: ore, $US  Flat:  gold, energy  Down: , Aussie,  metals , CRB, grains, euro Italy and Spain headed to highs: Greece 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Portugal 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Ireland 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Spain 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Italy 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Belgium 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year

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ANZ backflips on rate rise

Yesterday’s unaninmity among the banks that there will be no rate rise in August has lasted a full 24 hours with ANZ rolling over and going all in: RBA TO LIFT RATES BY 25 BPS TO 5.0% IN AUGUST  ANZ now expects the RBA to lift the cash rate by 25bps to 5.0% in August.

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Another “affordability” study

  Below find the new National Centre for Social And Economic Modeling (NATSEM) report into housing affordability. The report is both quite good and quite frustrating. It acknowledges the severe unaffordability of the national housing market but never uses the word “bubble”.  As such, it provides some very good overvaluation assessments but fails completely to canvass

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The horns of a dilemma

Yesterday’s CPI number sent the Bullhawks (Carr, Joye, Bloxham) into the stratosphere. The leader of the group, Chris Joye, had the following to say on his blog: Well, as predicted here more consistently and loudly than pretty much anywhere, Australia officially has a major inflation problem. And I mean “major”. Underlying or core inflation has

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July 28 links: More slowing

Up: ore, $US  Flat:  gold, Aussie,  metals , CRB, grains  Down: euro, energy  Contagion on for the bigguns: Greece 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Portugal 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Ireland 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Spain 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Italy 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Belgium 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year France 2 Year 5 Year

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Banks unanimous in calling no hike

Here are the respective analyses of the economics teams at ANZ, Westpac, CBA, NAB and HSBC. All conclude there will be no hike in August but that the risk for Q4 has increased. That will be revelation to you but the details of the respective analyses are useful. Westpac Aust 2011 Q2 CPI +0.9%qtr, 3.6%yr; average RBA

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CPI comes in hot

JUNE KEY POINTS THE ALL GROUPS CPI rose 0.9% in the June quarter 2011, compared with a rise of 1.6% in the March quarter 2011. rose 3.6% through the year to the June quarter 2011, compared with a rise of 3.3% through the year to the March quarter 2011. OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS The most

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Abusing money for power

For me, the most remarkable part of writing The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut was diving into the murky depths of Wall St’s extraordinary manipulation of money. In the book, we called this “Clever Money”. It was the story of how, over many years, Wall St took the plain vanilla process of securitisation,

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July 27 links: Loving a US default

Up: ore, gold, Aussie, euro, energy , metals , CRB, grains Down:  $US  Contagion mixed: Greece 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Portugal 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Ireland 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Spain 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Italy 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Belgium 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year France 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Germany 2

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Moody’s warns on Aussie housing market

Try as I might, I can’t find any reference in the Australian media (could be wrong) to a press release this afternoon by Moody’s warning of trouble ahead for the Australian housing market and a review of RMBS ratings. Thankfully in New Zealand they still seem to breathing (via Alex Tarrant at Interest.co.nz): Sydney, July 26, 2011

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Glenn Stevens macrobated

Well, so much for being the lunatic fringe. The Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia has delivered a seminal speech on the Australain consumer this afternoon and regular readers can pretty much throw it away. They have read it here for the past six months. Glenn Stevens has been “macrobated” (that is, converted to,

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Glenn Stevens on the cautious consumer

Find below the full text of Glenn Stevens speech this afternoon. The Cautious Consumer Glenn Stevens Governor Address to The Anika Foundation Luncheon Supported by Australian Business Economists and Macquarie Bank Sydney – 26 July 2011 Thank you for coming out once again in support of the Anika Foundation.[1] I want also to thank in

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The bizarre retail debate

One of my favourite journalists, Adele Ferguson of The Age, today calls for a retail bailout: Other figures show that online spending is going gangbusters. There is an estimated $12 billion a year spent in online retail, but it could be much higher than this. Domestic online sales have been growing at 5 per cent

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Trading the Guv’

Westpac offers a neat little observation this morning: The RBA Governor will today deliver a speech to the Anika Foundation  on ‘Issues in Economic Policy’. Recall in 2009 that it was this platform  that was used to shift the Bank’s stance away from an easing bias. Over the past 18 months, the Governor has made

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Out of time

While markets remain fixated with the debt ceiling debacle in America, I am more concerned with Europe. We’ve had just two days of gains in European sovereign bonds and already the yield blowout has resumed. Both short term and long term Italian bonds were under pressure overnight: The same for Spain: It was the same

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July 26 links: Contagion returns

Up: ore, gold (red and yellow metal!) Flat: Aussie, $US  Down: euro, energy , metals , CRB, grains Contagion returns! Greece 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Portugal 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Ireland 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Spain 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Italy 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Belgium 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year France 2 Year 5 Year

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Access goes all in on rate rises

Boy, do we have a market in interest rates. From Bloomberg: Australia’s central bank will increase interest rates three times in the coming year as a mining boom boosts wages and helps the economy recover from natural disasters, a Deloitte Access Economics report showed. High resource prices and strong demand will boost Australian incomes and there

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Producer prices ease, but…

JUNE KEY POINTS FINAL (STAGE 3) COMMODITIES increased by 0.8% in the June quarter 2011. mainly due to rises in the prices received for building construction (+1.2%), petroleum refining (+10.3%) and other agriculture (+7.9%). partly offset by falls in the prices received for industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing (-2.0%). increased by 3.4% through the year

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Australian stagflation

Late last week, the venerable Melbourne Institute released its Monthly Bulletin of Economic Trends. In it, the economists of the institute predicted that Australia is headed back to the seventies with a bullet: Policy dilemmas ahead … In contrast to other forecasters, we have cautioned for some months now that GDP growth is likely to be

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Don’t mention the savings

Two senior Australian business and economics commentators today make throwaway arguments about the struggles of the retail sector. First, it’s Alan Kohler, who dedicates his column to explaining how retail is suffering from Dutch disease. His argument is as follows: Retailing is the bedrock of the economy, employing about 1.3 million people directly and touching

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Peak everything

Below find Jeremy Grantham’s latest quarterly newsletter. In it he draws out his thesis that the world stands at the edge of peak everything. Here is his executive summary on likely outcomes: Summary We humans have the brains and the means to reach real planetary sustainability. The problem is with us and our focus on

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July 25 links: Auction surge!

FDR 1936 . Jesse Cafe Americain Q2 US growth. Calculated Risk Week ahead for Dow. Calculated Risk US inflation easing. Carpe Diem On Fed asset purchases. Econbrowser Madly in love with rationality. Andrew Gelman Iran and China price in barter. Zero Hedge Good company for the miners. Signs of life in Sydney property market. SMH Auction

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CPI preview

NAB has produced a rather useful guide to next week’s CPI read, which all seem to think will be crucial in determining the August interest rate outcome. Personally, I think there’s little chance of a hike, not least because three days later, when it releases its quarterly Statement on Monetary Policy, the bank is most likely

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A new bullhawkian argument

Today’s bullhawkian charge cannot go without a prod. According to Chris Joye writing in Smart Company: There is mounting evidence to suggest that Australia’s housing market rests at a critical juncture…In my opinion, the near-term destiny of Australia’s housing market very much depends on next week’s second-quarter inflation numbers. If inflation is low, the RBA

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July 22 links: Selective default

Rockets: euro, energy, Aussie Up: ore Down: metals, gold, $US, CRB, grains Contagion reversal carnage: Greece 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Portugal 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Ireland 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Spain 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Italy 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year Belgium 2 Year 5 Year 10 Year France 2 Year 5 Year

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China’s pressures intensify

h/t WSJ The HSBC China flash PMI was out this afternoon. According to the SMH: HSBC’s China Flash PMI for July dropped by its fastest pace since March 2009 and pointed to a monthly contraction in the country’s vast manufacturing sector for the first time in 12 months, the purchasing managers’ survey shows, while a

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European risk rally?

News this morning is that there is something of a breakthrough in Eurozone negotiations. From the FT: Germany and France appeared to settle their differences late on Wednesday over a new rescue package for Greece. No immediate details were available but Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said “a common German-French

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Fearful symmetry

Find below Westpac’s newish regular economic document, called “Fearful Symmetry”, a monthly chronicle of the Indian economy. The research effort of the institutional bank is hot so right now!

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China warnings

In the past few days there have been three new interesting media outputs that warn of growing risks of a Chinese hard landing. The first is by, of all institutions, the Australian Treasury. In a new Working Paper full text below), Treasury offers a respectable assessment of Chinese macroeconomic navigation through the GFC, and the