Friendly Jordies has hit the head with this video, lambasting the tidal wave of development being thrust upon Western Sydney, while wealthy areas are left largely untouched. As you can see, MB is even represented. My only gripe is that the NSW Liberals have at least called for immigration to be halved, which is the
By Leith van Onselen Statistics New Zealand has released national accounts figures for the December quarter of 2018, with Gross domestic product (GDP) rising by 0.6% over the quarter to be up 2.3% year-on-year. GDP per capita rose by 0.1% over the December quarter and rose by 0.9% year-on-year – the ” lowest annual GDP
By Leith van Onselen As summarised earlier, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released its labour force report for February, which registered a small 4,600 increase in total employment and a 0.1% fall in the headline unemployment rate (to 4.9%) because of a 0.2% rise in labour force participation. In trend terms, the unemployment
Via the excellent Damien Boey at Credit Suisse: Our argument is as follows: Policy makers clearly feel that easing is necessary, but question the means by which it should be delivered. RBA Assistant Governor Bullock said as much in her speech about lending standards yesterday. Bullock highlights that the period of mandated credit tightening by
Via Gottiboff today: Triguboff declared: “The market has definitely stabilised in Sydney. All those people talking about how much it will drop are wrong. In fact, it is improving very slowly.” …Triguboff says the Chinese have found a way around the problem and “are organising their finance with or without our banks. In many cases
February ABS Labor Force is out and the news is a weakening market: TREND ESTIMATES Employment increased 20,600 to 12,762,800 persons. Full-time employment increased 12,300 to 8,743,400 persons and part-time employment increased 8,200 to 4,019,300 persons. Unemployment increased 1,800 to 673,100 persons. Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.0%. Participation rate remained steady at 65.6%. Monthly
By Leith van Onselen Last weekend, CoreLogic released its preliminary auction clearance rates, which revealed the following results: Today, CoreLogic has released its final auction results, which reported a 4.7% decline in the final national auction clearance rate to 51.4% – above last week’s 47.8%: As you can see, Sydney’s final auction clearance rate was 8.9%
By Leith van Onselen With an election fast approaching, Labor’s infrastructure spokesman, Anthony Albanese, continues to push hard for a High Speed Rail (HSR) line linking the east coast capitals. Here’s Albo’s latest press release: Scott Morrison’s latest re-announcement of his “faster rail’’ proposal to link big cities with regional centres is too little, too late
Follow the money as they say, at The Australian: Tickets are $5000 a pop and almost sold out to Bill Shorten’s Labor fundraiser next week at Anthony Pratt’s Kew mansion Raheen. And Margin Call can confirm Anthony — the keynote speaker at The Australian’s and Visy’s Global Food Forum yesterday at Sydney’s Sheraton on the
By Leith van Onselen For years, MB has questioned the efficacy of the Migration Council of Australia, which purports to be an “an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit body established to enhance the productive benefits of Australia’s migration and humanitarian programs”. The Migration Council is chaired by one of Australia’s biggest business lobbyists, Innes Willox, who is
Via the AFR: NSW Labor says it does not believe assurances from Santos that all gas from its proposed Narrabri gas project would be sold to local industry, rather than exported, doubling down on its pre-election declaration that the $3 billion development is ‘dead’. Defying the Australian Workers Union support for the project to reduce
By Leith van Onselen Earlier this week, MB attacked the Coalition’s fake cut to Australia’s immigration intake, noting that it has been more than offset by opening multiple pathways for foreign workers to gain entry into Australia, as well as an explosion of migrants on bridging visas while they await claims for permanent residency. Today, several
We know she has one because from time to time it is glowing, usually when she escapes the clutches of the lunatic RBA. Like today: …here’s also another, less visible, reason behind the rising share of capital. And that’s housing. Rapidly rising rents, along with home prices, have increased the returns to investment in housing.
Ever visited an emerging market where the landscape is dotted with failed developments like broken transformers? Welcome to Little China, via the ABC: The property market upheaval brings billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s oft-quoted piece of wisdom to mind: “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” As the year progresses,
Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Following the Dovish Fed last night, the Aussie bond boom is now shooting out of the atmosphere: Next stop record low yields across the curve as the RBA is forced to cut by runaway markets. Despite the boom, there has been no curve steepening at all, again illustrating how
By Chris Becker Key takeaway from the Fed Meeting overnight: USD and stocks down, undollar’s up. The USD lost ground against, well nearly everything – from gold to Aussie to Euro – as the FOMC went nearly full dove, cutting the 2019 rate rise expectations from 2 to 0, and thus inflation expectations with it.
Iron ore prices for March 20, 2019: Spot hammered. Paper worse. Steel fine. Chinese iron ore port stock lifted to 148.2mt last week. Bloomie has more on Brucutu: Bradesco BBI, Thiago Lofiego Positive development for Vale. However, it’s still uncertain if the company can regain the provisional operating license under which it operated the Laranjeiras
DXY fell, EUR and CNY jumped last night: AUD was up against DXY but nobody else: Gold was muted: Oil is rising as a threat to everything: Base metals rallied: Miners were soft: EM stocks too: Junk partied: Treasuries too: The bund curve is still flattening: Stocks also struggled: Westpac has the wrap: Event Wrap
By Leith van Onselen For years, SQM Research’s managing director, Louis Christopher, was a big supporter of negative gearing reform (see here). Then in 2016, Christopher flip-flopped, releasing an incredibly superficial report that was comprehensively debunked by Dr Gavin R Putland. Today, Louis Christopher has updated its 2016 report, which reaches many of the same flawed conclusions.
From a reader today who notes the following on RBA minutes: “Members had a detailed discussion of the Bank’s operations in repurchase and foreign exchange swap markets and their role in achieving the Board’s target for the cash rate.” Up until yesterday, when quizzed on this RBA, has been reluctant to intervene to reduce these
Via the excellent Jonathon Mott at UBS: We have cut FY19E EPS by 3% given exit costs and larger losses from the Advice business, but we upgraded FY20E by 0.6% (exit from loss-making business). However, our forecasts are yet to incorporate further customer remediation charges (fee-for-no-service) for aligned advisers which are very difficult to estimate.
By Leith van Onselen Infrastructure expert, Professor David Hensher, has warned that Sydney requires “hundreds of billions” of dollars in infrastructure investment needed to fix current congestion problems, let alone keep up with projected population growth. From The ABC: The NSW Government has $110 billion worth of plans for Sydney’s transport — but that’s a fraction
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Asian share markets are down again today with risk sentiment slumping both locally due to the dour speech by RBA Assistant Governor Bullock while regionally caution reigned as traders await tonight’s Federal Reserve FOMC meeting. Currencies slid against USD as a result, with a lower Aussie the standout. The Shanghai Composite has dropped suddenly after
Lordy, at this rate I will have to drop my “Fake Left” moniker for just “left”. Via Bernard Keane at Crikey: The charge that the Morrison government is playing up immigration reform to tap into xenophobia — plainly a far more toxic allegation now than it was before last Friday — is false. The collision
The Australian dollar has been hit this morning: Bonds are tearing it up: XJO is stalled: Why? This from the RBA’s Michelle Bullock in a supposedly reassuring speech about house prices: Currently, the risks here appear to be elevated but contained. But, of course, this is eerily similar to another central banker in 2007, Ben Bernanke:
By Leith van Onselen The University of Sydney has joined MB in warning that NSW is facing a potential Budget crisis as the property crash wipes billions in dollars of stamp duty revenue: With a state election imminent in NSW, it is timely to consider the fiscal opportunities and constraints facing whoever wins government. Election
By Leith van Onselen There is a long history of public officials going into well-paid private sector jobs in the very industries that they used to regulate. In 2017, the NSW Government sold the land titles registry for $2.6 billion to pay for two new useless footy stadiums. At the time, I described the sale as