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Diana Mousina On the surface, some figures suggest property prices haven’t been taken a huge hit from COVID-19, while others suggest a short-term collapse. For us, it’s the fundamentals which have always impacted property prices that hold the likely answers. CoreLogic data from April showed Australian capital city dwelling prices rose by 0.2%. This follows...
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Dermot Ryan We are charged with generating income for our clients and we think now is a crucial time for clients to reassess where their portfolios are positioned in the high-income area of Australian equities. It was only in March that, some days, local markets would be down by 8-10 per cent on the market...
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Grant Hassell The extent and implications of the dramatic economic halt brought about by Covid-19 are still to play out and it is too early to believe that economies will return to pre-disruption levels anytime soon. Yet equity markets are trying to recover in the belief that seemingly unlimited, unconventional monetary policy (UMP) and fiscal...
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Matt Griffin Over the past month we have seen a number of companies raise fresh capital in order to provide their businesses with sufficient liquidity to ride out the current COVID-19 related disruptions. This period has reminded us of the market coming out of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2009, where a large number...
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Shane Oliver Superannuation is locked away for a reason, it is a long-term investment. That simple fact can be hardest to accept when markets are in turmoil and balances are taking a hit, but in our view, history works in favour of applying a long-term lens when everyone is heading for the exit. Anyone could...
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At its meeting today, the Board decided to maintain the current policy settings, including the targets for the cash rate and the yield on 3-year Australian Government bonds of 25 basis points. The global economy is experiencing a severe downturn as countries seek to contain the coronavirus. Many people have lost their jobs and a...
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Dr Shane Oliver The Federal Government’s fiscal stimulus programme centred around a wage subsidy to help combat the impact on the economy of coronavirus-driven shutdowns has generated much community support. But how will it be paid for? Can we afford it? How does RBA quantitative easing fit into it? And what are the longer-term consequences...
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Tom Young The Australian market might feel like a bloodbath now, but for me, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen so much value in the market for those who can hold their nerve. COVID-19 has, rightly, made governments around the world sacrifice economic growth for the preservation of human health. This has sent...
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At its meeting today, the Board reaffirmed the targets for the cash rate and the yield on 3-year Australian government bonds of 25 basis points, as well as the other elements of the package announced on 19 March 2020. The coronavirus remains first and foremost a very major public health issue, but it is also...
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Over the weekend in Australia, the federal government announced a second fiscal stimulus package to offset the hit to growth from COVID-19. Below are some of the main take-aways: An additional $46bn worth of direct government spending for individuals and businesses impacted the coronavirus. Along with the first round of stimulus announced recently ($17.6bn to...
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