The Jamie Durie Index Re-Visited

Sam Ferraro

Global Founders Funds Management

Inspired by Professor Robert Shiller’s best seller, Irrational Exuberance, I developed the Jamie Durie Index(JDI) over a decade ago to provide a quantitative measure of the property market culture of the time. Interestingly, the number of times 'Jame Durie' appeared in newspapers and magazines correlated closely with the cycle in house prices, with both peaking in 2003. Fast forward to 2015, and the Treasury Secretary has weighed into the debate on the property market culture, suggesting that the plethora of home renovation shows is compelling evidence of over-investment in housing. In this post, I suggest that Australia has not yet reached a tipping point for a property bubble. The modest level of renovation activity, low turnover in the housing stock and the fact that private sector dwelling investment is in line with historical norms suggests that the emerging property market culture does not yet share the speculative elements that prevailed during the boom of the early 2000s. (VIEW LINK)


Sam Ferraro
Senior Portfolio Manager
Global Founders Funds Management

Managing Director of Global Founders Funds Management, Sam has over 20 years experience in financial markets, with Merrill Lynch, JBWere and Goldman Sachs.

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