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Trans-Tasman bubble boosts international travel

June 16, 2021 - 12:20 -- Admin

The introduction of the trans-Tasman travel bubble on 18 April 2021 has boosted international travel, according to new provisional travel statistics from the ABS. Arrivals of non-Australian citizens doubled in May to 71,060 from 35,210 in April: This was driven by a 32,000 increase in arrivals from New Zealand: In a similar vein, departures of

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Another sell commodities signal

June 16, 2021 - 12:00 -- Admin

The Bear Traps report goes full inflation. The few missing facts include that it was Republicans that ravaged the US budget, no mention of China, no reference to vast deflationary forces. This is Australian extremism not analysis. Ironically, this contrarian is a great contrarian signal. Sell metals! In 1787, with remarkable foresight, Scottish historian Alexander

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CBA: “Labour market tightening…wage growth forthcoming”

June 16, 2021 - 11:40 -- Admin

By Gareth Aird, head of Australian economics at CBA Key Points The ABS monthly labour force survey excludes overseas residents in Australia and therefore the survey has not accurately captured the impact of the international border closure on the labour market. The ABS quarterly labour account includes all people who contribute to Australian economic activity

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Consumer economic confidence ebbing away

June 16, 2021 - 11:20 -- Admin

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence increased 0.3% last week as Melbourne’s 2-week lockdown came to an end, although restrictions such as masks in public places and on travel and gatherings remain. #ausecon #ausretail @arindam_chky @DavidPlank12 @roymorganonline — ANZ_Research (@ANZ_Research) June 15, 2021

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Australia’s rental market tightest since 2012

June 16, 2021 - 11:00 -- Admin

SQM Research has released its rental vacancy report for May, which reports a national rental vacancy rate of only 1.8% – the lowest level of vacancies since October 2012. Rental vacancies are zipped tight everywhere except Melbourne and Sydney, which have been hit hardest by the loss of international students, as illustrated clearly in the

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Boom over. Leading index crashes back to earth

June 16, 2021 - 10:49 -- Admin

Westpac with the note: • The six-month annualised growth rate in the WestpacMelbourne Institute Leading Index, which indicates the likely pace of economic activity relative to trend three to nine months into the future, eased from 2.86% in April to 1.47% in May. The growth rate in the Leading Index has normalised significantly over the

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OECD blames restrictive planning and zoning for expensive housing

June 16, 2021 - 10:40 -- Admin

The OECD has blamed Australia’s restrictive planning and zoning for driving the fourth sharpest property price increase in the developed world over the past 20 years: Paris-based OECD director of policy studies in the economics department, Luiz de Mello, said low interest rates had contributed to rising house prices. But restrictive regulations were also a

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Chinese construction sector crashes

June 16, 2021 - 10:20 -- Admin

As expected, China continues its systemic push towards tighter credit and economic restructuring away from construction. This time it’s wealth management products, an old favourite for developers to raise cash: Highly rated WMP will be prevented from buying junk debt from developers. This addresses the underlying duration mismatch. $400bn in junk debt will need to

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Morrison to green-light dedicated farm slavery visa

June 16, 2021 - 10:00 -- Admin

In March the federal government released a 327-page report from the National Agricultural Labour Advisory Committee, which explicitly admitted that the agricultural industry’s overreliance on cheap migrant labour is bad for productivity and unsustainable: Australia’s main competitors in agriculture are either ahead or running very close. In many ways, Australia is at a crossroads. Either its

Daily iron ore price update (another accident)

June 16, 2021 - 09:30 -- Admin

The ferrous complex held on June 15, 2021 as many other commodities rolled into the big plunge. Spot was stable, paper up a bit, steel down: Steel was actually down yesterday but I didn’t have prices for a few days. The news is another accident, this time in China where more supply has come off

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