Podcast 13: Could housing be the good news story for 2021?

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Everyone loves a good housing story and it’s looking like 2021 could become a best seller. But at what cost? According to the numbers, we’re still in an economic hole, and with immigration down 80% and the government’s income support program about to end, are we setting ourselves up for a down fall? Darren Langer... Read more continue reading

Credit market valuations imply improved fundamentals in 2021

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High-yield corporate bond and floating-rate loan markets ended 2020 on the up, with a strong rally following news of vaccine efficacy in November. The loan market closed the year with a 3.1% total return, while the bond market was up just over 6%, aided by higher sensitivity to falling interest rates. “Default rates rose throughout... Read more continue reading

Podcast 12: Could house prices top 20% growth in 2021?

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If anyone questioned the power of low interest rates to drive house prices in Australia, they only need look back at 2020. Despite COVID-19, the recession, high unemployment and stagnant wages growth, house prices in Australia stood firm. Find out why Darren Langer and Chris Rands believe house prices are set to climb and why... Read more continue reading

RBA eschews further monetary stimulus – where to now?

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Not surprisingly at yesterday’s Board meeting the RBA eschewed the application of any further monetary stimulus following the announcement of a comprehensive array of measures in November. However, it reiterated that the likelihood of an uneven recovery and a concern about ongoing high unemployment and associated subdued wage growth would mean that policy settings remain... Read more continue reading

CPD: MMT – Free lunch or road to perdition?

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The following article is authored by two investment luminaries from Epoch Investment Partners: William W. Priest, CFA — Executive Chairman, Co-CIO and Portfolio Manager Kevin Hebner, PhD — Managing Director, Global Investment Strategist. The article explores modern monetary theory and whether it’s the saviour of the economy or a pathway to economic damnation. Proponents of... Read more continue reading

Podcast 11: The RBA finally unleashes the bazooka

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If the RBA cutting rates is the entrée for markets this week, then the outcome of the US election is the main course and dessert rolled into one. Tune in to hear Darren Langer and Chris Rands dissect the big picture for global markets and find out why fixed income makes so much sense right... Read more continue reading

Podcast 10: Has the RBA gone too far by not going far enough?

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Despite some industry heavyweights predicting a rate cut, the RBA kept rates on hold for October. What three reasons do Darren Langer and Chris Rands give that could explain the RBA’s decision? And could Donald Trump’s health really impact markets? Find out what this means for your clients, tune in now. Click below to go... Read more continue reading

2020 Australian Federal Budget – Infrastructure spending company

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In the 2020 Federal Budget, the Commonwealth Treasurer announced an additional A$10bn in funding for infrastructure projects over the next four years, increasing the post COVID-19 infrastructure commitment to A$14 billion in ‘new and accelerated’ projects. Importantly, the revised plan is designed to create an additional 40,000 new jobs and stimulate the economic recovery. The... Read more continue reading

Podcast 9: Talk is cheap

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Over the past few weeks, the RBA has started to change its narrative, suggesting that while negative rates are extremely unlikely, they’re not off the table. They’ve also hinted that a new bond buying program could be on the cards. Is the RBA just posturing or is change afoot? Darren Langer and Chris Rands examine... Read more continue reading

Podcast 8: Is Australia ready for more monetary stimulus?

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With Aussie bonds in high demand across the world, a growing demand for a more aggressive fiscal response from the Australian government, and a rise in COVID-19 cases in Victoria and NSW, is Australia ready for more monetary stimulus? Listen to Darren and Chris answer this question and more in episode eight of The Rate... Read more continue reading