New housing loans drop 7.4pc in quarter

Original article by Samantha Bailey
The Australian – Page: 19 : 13-Dec-18

A new report from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority shows that $89.2bn worth of new mortgage loans were written in the September quarter, which is 7.4 per cent lower than previously. However, authorised deposit-taking institutions have reported a 5.4 per cent increase in the total value of housing loans in the year to September. Chris Bedingfield of Quay Global Investors says the annual rate of house construction is now too high, given that banks are tightening their lending criteria. He adds that the Reserve Bank is now more likely to reduce rather than raise the cash rate.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, QUAY GLOBAL INVESTORS, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Value of housing takes a $70bn hit

Original article by Turi Condon, Mackenzie Scott
The Australian – Page: 2 : 12-Dec-18

Official data shows that the mean value of an Australian home fell by about $9,700 in the September quarter, to $675,000. The total value of the 10.1 million dwellings in Australia declined by $70.1bn in the quarter, to $6.8trn. The Australian Bureau of Statistics data also shows that dwelling prices in Melbourne fell by 2.6 per cent in the quarter and by 1.5 per cent year-on-year, while Sydney recorded falls of 1.9 per cent and 4.4 per cent respectively.

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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, GOLDMAN SACHS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, ERNST AND YOUNG

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence drops to 117.7

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 12-Dec-18

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence fell 1.5% to 117.7 in the week ended 9 December, reversing the gains seen over the previous two weeks. However, consumer confidence remains well above its long-run average. Households’ views towards current financial conditions fell 0.7%, while future financial condition were up 1.7%. Consumers’ views toward current economic conditions fell 6% but future economic conditions were up a modest 0.3%. The ‘time to buy a household item’ sub-index was down 2.8%, its second straight loss after it made a solid gain in the second half of November.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

Australia becomes an LNG force

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 21 & 24 : 7-Dec-18

Data from Bloomberg shows that Australia’s LNG exports totalled 6.55 million tonnes in November 2018, surpassing Qatar (6.27 million tonnes) for the first time. Australia’s LNG shipments for the calendar year are expected to exceed 78 million tonnes, compared with 77 million tonnes for Qatar. Projects such as Ichthys will further boost Australia’s LNG exports, although both Qatar and the US intend to increase production. Meanwhile, official figures show that Australia’s revenue from LNG exports totalled $38.8bn in the year to October, while coal and iron ore revenue was $64.6bn and $61.6bn respectively.

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BLOOMBERG LP, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, INPEX CORPORATION, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, S&P PLATTS

Unemployment in November is 9.5% and under-employment is 7.7%

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 7-Dec-18

A Roy Morgan survey shows that 12,294,000 Australians were employed in November 2018, up 408,000 over the past year. The increase in employment was evenly shared, with part-time employment rising by 217,000 to 4,184,000 and full-time employment rising by 191,000 to 8,110,000. The figures also show that 1,291,000 Australians (9.5% of the workforce) were unemployed in November, virtually unchanged on a year ago but with the unemployment rate down by 0.3% due to growth in the workforce. In addition, 1,042,000 Australians (7.7% of the workforce) were under-employed, working part-time and looking for more work, a decrease of 64,000 in a year (down 0.7%). This is the lowest level of under-employment since September 2016. In total 2,333,000 Australians (17.2% of the workforce) were either unemployed or under-employed in November, a decrease of 61,000 in a year (down 1%). Roy Morgan’s real unemployment figure of 9.5% for November remains substantially higher than the current ABS estimate for October of 5.0%. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says the strong growth in employment appears to be directly related to the growth in the overall Australian workforce, with the level of unemployment virtually unchanged from a year ago.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS

With numbers like these, the only way is down for RBA

Original article by Adam Creighton
The Australian – Page: 2 : 6-Dec-18

The lower-than-expected GDP growth for both the September quarter and the year to September should be sufficient to ensure further easing of monetary policy. The Reserve Bank has consistently maintained that the cash rate is more likely to rise rather than fall, but a rate cut now seems more probable. However, the record level of household debt means a rate cut may have little impact on the economy or put much downward pressure on mortgage interest rates.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD

Weak wages a threat to Xmas sales

Original article by John Kehoe, Sue Mitchell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 8 : 6-Dec-18

The latest GDP data shows that the Australian economy expanded by just 0.3 per cent in the September quarter, compared with economists’ expectations of 0.6 per cent growth. Economists have attributed the fall in consumer spending to low wages growth and raised concerns about the outlook for retail sales during the Christmas trading period. Recent research by the Australian Retailers Association and Roy Morgan found that Christmas spending will increase by 2.9 per cent in 2018. The GDP data may affect the timing of any change in official interest rates, but the federal government still expects to post a Budget surplus in 2019-20.

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AUSTRALIAN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION, ROY MORGAN LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, MJ BALE, HSBC AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS PTY LTD, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, RETAIL APPAREL GROUP PTY LTD, CITIBANK PTY LTD

Upbeat RBA welcomes higher wages

Original article by William McInnes, Tim Boyd
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 5-Dec-18

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe notes that the outlook for the labour market is positive and the unemployment rate likely to fall further. In a statement accompanying the central bank’s monetary policy decision, Lowe also welcomed signs of wages growth. The RBA left official interest rates on hold at 1.5 per cent for a record 28th month on 4 December, and Sally Auld of JP Morgan says the timing of a rate rise will depend on the outlook for wages. The consensus of economists polled by Bloomberg is that the cash rate will remain unchanged until at least the December 2019 quarter.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, BLOOMBERG LP, BIS OXFORD ECONOMICS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, CAPITAL ECONOMICS LIMITED

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence continues rises to 119.5

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 5-Dec-18

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence rose 0.8% to 119.5 in the week ended 2 December. Households’ views towards current financial conditions rose 7.2% while future financial condition rose by 2.3%. However, consumers’ views toward current and future economic conditions fell by 2.5% and 0.3% respectively. The ‘time to buy a household item’ sub-index was down 1.9%.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

Business Confidence up for third straight month to 113.8 in November

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 3-Dec-18

In Australia, Business Confidence rose 0.7pts (+0.6%) to 113.8 in November 2018, according to the latest Roy Morgan Business Single Source survey. Business Confidence has continued a rebound which began following the Liberal leadership instability in late August. Business Confidence is now above where it was in July (113.6), prior to the leadership challenge, for the first time. Business Confidence so far during 2018 has averaged 115.6, the highest yearly average since 2014. Businesses are largely positive, with 51.1% (up 5.9ppts) expecting the business to be ‘better off financially’ this time next year and 51.8% (up 2.3ppts) expecting ‘good times’ for the Australian economy over the next five years. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says there is rising confidence across a broad number of industries compared to this time a year ago.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED