Stuart Jackson

The level of household financial stress in Australia is a key issue. This is because a significant pull-back in the financial position of households would have flow-on effects across the economy. So, the recent data released by the nation’s largest lenders provides an important reading of future trends. Show More

David Bassanese

In terms of interest rates, while much attention has recently focused on the fact that the Reserve Bank of Australia has left official interest rates on hold for a relatively long period of more than a year, it's been less noticed that Australian borrowers have nonetheless enjoyed further rate cuts... Show More

Zero Hedge Watch

US mortgage applications plunge at near record levels. The US housing recovery seems to be stalling fast. Over the past month, applications for mortgages fell at the fastest rate in 3 years. It appears that the increase in mortgage rates was enough to reduce housing demand, despite the fact that... Show More