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1208, 2016

The New RBA 1.5% Rate: What This means for Australian Property Investors

By | August 12th, 2016|Categories: Australian market, Interest Rates|Comments Off on The New RBA 1.5% Rate: What This means for Australian Property Investors

As I speculated last Monday, the June quarter CPI report gave the Governor enough ammunition to act. The Reserve Bank said a rate cut will create “room for even stronger growth” as the inflation rate is set to remain below its target range and risks in the housing market abate. Read more.. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) reduced its official cash rate to a new record low of just 1.5 per cent at its August board meeting. We expect this move to stimulate the country’s property market further, given that the RBA’s decision to trim the rate was mainly aimed at stimulating the economy and boosting employment. Notably, inflation data for the June quarter showed that [...]

108, 2016

Rate Cut or Not ?

By | August 1st, 2016|Categories: Australian Property Investment, Interest Rates|Comments Off on Rate Cut or Not ?

Hi Everyone Commentators are divided as to the likelihood of the Reserve Bank of Australia announcing another interest rate cut in August, especially in light of the June Quarter CPI report that has just been released. The uncertainty surrounding Tuesday’s decision is reflected in the market, where pricing for a rate cut is about 50-50. The vast majority of economists still expect an easing. In general, the market tends to get the RBA right rather than economists but we also need to look at what the market thinks via the strength of the Aussie Dollar which is trading near its recent highs above 0.76 USD. I believe the RBA has sufficient data to warrant a cut to [...]

505, 2016

Should Negative Gearing Be Abolished?

By | May 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Should Negative Gearing Be Abolished?

With the release of the Australian Budget earlier this week, we have seen much of the negative gearing discussion put to bed…for now. Should negative gearing be abolished? Should it be changed and only allowed on new properties? What would be the impact of such a change. This debate may be something we would need to consider if the Australian Labor Party were in government, however, that is not the case and I think sufficient common sense prevails in the Turnbull Government so that we can safely put this back into the closet until this time next year. One of the largest independent research houses in the sector, BIS Shrapnel, have prepared a detailed report in relation [...]

3003, 2016

The Negative Gearing Debate and the pre-Budget News

By | March 30th, 2016|Categories: Budget, Property investing|Comments Off on The Negative Gearing Debate and the pre-Budget News

Hi Everyone, We have come to the annual pre-budget season once again where the usual rhetoric in relation to the removal of Negative Gearing and other unpopular outcomes make their way out of the closet to give the media some new doom and gloom scenarios to throw at us. This debate may be something we would need to consider if the Australian Labor Party were in government, however, that is not the case and I think sufficient common sense prevails in the Turnbull Government so that we can safely put this back into the closet until this time next year. BIS Shrapnel have prepared a detailed report in relation to Labor’s proposed negative gearing changes: Labor says [...]

1701, 2016

2016 Investment Outlook and Australia’s property market implications

By | January 17th, 2016|Categories: Australian market, Australian property|Comments Off on 2016 Investment Outlook and Australia’s property market implications

 I would like to wish everyone a wonderful 2016 and every success in navigating what should be another challenging year ahead in terms of making some prudent investment decisions given the somewhat uncertain global macro-economic backdrop that we are faced with. If I look at the newsletter I sent out at this time last year and the predictions for the year just passed, I think the only outcomes that were unforeseen, were the extent of the continued increases in property values in both Sydney and Melbourne. From a global perspective, similar themes that existed in 2015 will continue this year with the main change being the long anticipated lift off in the Fed Funds Rate and the [...]

2909, 2015

The New Normal – is this another illusion?

By | September 29th, 2015|Categories: Washington Green Property|Comments Off on The New Normal – is this another illusion?

  The New Normal - is this another illusion? Hi Everyone, I thought it would be relevant to share my thoughts about this concept that I keep hearing over and over from Fund Managers ( especially in the Fixed Income markets ) that we have entered a "New Age" of lower rates for longer. My experience in the past is that every cycle brings about this paradigm shift of a new normal being created and this then takes on a life of its own as more and more people hear about it, see it being endorsed by experts and then having the media "confirm its very existance" ! The issue I have is that I have never [...]