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Why property prices rose while the economy contracted

Why property prices rose while the economy contracted

Housing prices soared during Delta lockdowns when the economy was struggling and low interest rates helped homebuyers borrow more. But with the benefit of hindsight, economists say there was another surprising factor at play.

  • by Elizabeth Redman

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When official interest rates rise, how much will your mortgage payments go up?
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When official interest rates rise, how much will your mortgage payments go up?

Economists have been crunching the numbers and believe interest rates would not need to rise much before they start to have a significant impact on how much you will pay on your monthly mortgage.

  • by Clancy Yeates
How to calculate if a mortgage offset account is worth it
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How to calculate if a mortgage offset account is worth it

An offset account is a powerful way of massaging your money to make large interest savings.

  • by Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon
Markets had become blase about the COVID threat. Omicron changed that in an instant

Markets had become blase about the COVID threat. Omicron changed that in an instant

Almost out of nowhere, the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has dramatically changed expectations of what 2022 might look like for the world’s economies and financial markets.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
The Goldilocks interest rate: will the RBA find the right porridge?

The Goldilocks interest rate: will the RBA find the right porridge?

The Reserve Bank, like all central banks, faces a tough trek back to “normal” interest rates. It won’t be a walk in the woods.

  • by Shane Wright
Graders, coffee makers and new PCs coming to economic rescue

Graders, coffee makers and new PCs coming to economic rescue

Businesses are increasingly confident about the economic outlook, planning to ramp up investment spending in the post-pandemic period.

  • by Shane Wright
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Traders betting the RBA will soon raise rates may get burned

Traders betting the RBA will soon raise rates may get burned

Investors expecting Australia to follow New Zealand and South Korea with interest rate hikes in a matter of months don’t see the crucial difference that raises the odds against such timing.

  • by Swati Pandey
Forget the King Canute view of inflation. It’s time for a better approach.
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Forget the King Canute view of inflation. It’s time for a better approach.

Common sense suggests that too much money chasing too few goods leads to rising prices. An overreliance on market expectations and central-bank words hasn’t worked, says the former head of the Bank of England.

  • by Mervyn King
The Fed is being ruled by doves as Biden looks to avoid repeating past mistakes
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The Fed is being ruled by doves as Biden looks to avoid repeating past mistakes

When it comes to the US Federal Reserve’s core responsibility, setting monetary policy, there was never any doubt that the next chair would be someone reluctant to raise interest rates.

  • by Paul Krugman
Where to find the best interest rates for your savings
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Where to find the best interest rates for your savings

It’s still possible to keep your savings return above 1.35 per cent. You just have to be prepared to jump ship between banks once or twice to do it.

  • by Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon
Homeowners will need to dig deep to keep a roof over their head
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Homeowners will need to dig deep to keep a roof over their head

Depending on which economists you are following, official interest rates could be going up as soon as next year or 2024. 

  • by Jennifer Duke