Costello’s warning to retirees

Original article by Greg Brown, Adam Creighton
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 7-Aug-19

Future Fund chairman Peter Costello has urged the US and China to "sensibly negotiate" a resolution to their ongoing trade dispute in the wake of a global financial rout. The Australian sharemarket has shed $86bn in the last two trading sessions, following China’s move to devalue its currency; Costello has warned that Australians’ savings and the federal Budget will be impacted if the trade dispute is not resolved. However, he says it is important to not "overhype" the recent market slump.

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Australian workers not saving enough to handle a job loss

Original article by Killian Plastow
The New Daily – Page: Online : 11-Jul-19

Research by Finder shows that 5.9 million Australian workers have insufficient savings to support themselves for more than a month if they lost their job. The survey also found that 2.1 million Australians would be unable to financially support themselves for more than a week. Separate research by Roy Morgan shows that Australians have an average of six months’ worth of savings, although the median is about 0.8 months, or 24 days. CEO Michele Levine says people on low incomes would be hardest hit by a sudden job loss, as they are less likely to have savings.

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Rate cut may lead to riskier investing

Original article by Sarah Turner
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 31 : 13-Jun-19

Anthony Doyle of Fidelity International says Australian savers are likely to seek out higher-yielding and higher-risk investments following the Reserve Bank’s decision to reduce the cash rate to a new low of 1.25 per cent. He notes that there was a similar trend in the UK following the global financial crisis, with Britain’s cash rate reaching a low of just 25 basis points. Doyle also expects the search for yield to bolster Australia’s corporate bond market.

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Savers under pressure as banks keep lowering rates

Original article by Duncan Hughes
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 15-Jan-19

Analysis by Canstar shows that the average interest rate for a 12-month term deposit of $50,000 is now 2.55 per cent. Likewise, the average online savings interest rate is now just 1.35 per cent, compared with a peak of 7.3 per cent in 2008. In contrast, the cash rate is 1.5 per cent and Australia’s inflation rate is 1.9 per cent. Professor Richard Holden from the University of New South Wales warns that low interest rates will encourage more savers to seek higher-risk investment options such as shares.

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Goldman hits at doomsday savings chatter

Original article by Tim Boyd
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 12 : 21-Dec-18

Andrew Boak and Tom Kennedy have differing views on whether low savings rates are a sign that Australian consumers are optimistic. Boak, who is Goldman Sachs’ chief economist in Australia, believes that low saving rates show that consumers are using their savings to spend, and it reflects a sense of optimism. However, Kennedy, who is JP Morgan’s global fixed income strategist, says if consumers were feeling that optimistic this would also be reflected in similar moves in credit card debt and short-term debit items.

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Treasury in warning on saving raids

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 25-Oct-18

Australia’s household savings rate fell to one per cent in June, compared with 2.5 per cent one year earlier. Treasury secretary Phil Gaetjens has told the Senate economics committee that it is likely to fall further as low wages growth forces consumers to use more of their savings. Treasury expects economic growth to continue to be bolstered by consumer spending, but Alan Oster of National Australia Bank says the bank’s own data indicates that consumer spending is not as strong as official figures suggest. Meanwhile, independent economist Saul Eslake says falling asset prices are likely to prompt consumers to reduce their spending.

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More girls save money but boys receive more

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 22-May-18

The Roy Morgan Young Australian Survey has found that nearly 77% of kids aged 6-13 have money saved up. Some 79% of girls have savings, compared to 75% of boys. The survey, which was carried in the six months to December 2017, also shows that on average, boys have a total of $279.90 saved up, compared to girls who have an average of $268.68 saved. This is an extra $11.22 boys have saved on average compared to girls. Yet more girls are saving than boys. Meanwhile, girls on average receive 50 cents more a week than boys, whether for pocket money or chores, or extra money for school expenses. Yet boys on average receive more money as gifts, from birthdays to Christmas and from relatives.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

‘Savers the big losers’ from rate rises

Original article by Myriam Robin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 31 : 6-Jul-17

Data from Canstar shows that just 15 out of 75 Australian lenders have increased their term deposit interest rates since the last official interest rate cut in August 2016. Steve Mickenbecker of Canstar says term deposit rates have fallen to an unprecedented low, and he warns that rates are unlikely to rise while inflation remains low. He adds that savers can adopt a number of strategies to obtain higher term deposit rates, but this requires a lot of effort. Meanwhile, banks are increasing their rates on interest-only and investor mortgage loans.

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CANSTAR PTY LTD, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Aussie kids saving more than ever, but girls lagging behind boys

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 26-Oct-16

The latest data from Roy Morgan’s Young Australians Survey shows that 76 per cent of Australian children aged 6-13 had money saved in the year to June 2016, compared with 75 per cent in 2008. The average amount saved has risen from $220 to $251 in the last eight years. The average boy’s savings have increased by 15 per cent from $228 to $263, compared with growth of 12 per cent from $211 to $234 for girls. Meanwhile, 84 per cent of kids from the well-off AB socio-economic quintile have savings, with an average balance of $304, and 16 per cent of them have saved more than $1,000. On the other hand, only 67 per cent of kids from the less affluent FG quintile have money saved (at a much lower average amount of $176). It is worth noting, however, that 11 per cent of these children also have a balance of $1,000-plus.

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED

Rate cuts ‘hurt some but overall we gain’

Original article by David Uren
The Australian – Page: 21 : 16-Sep-16

A report released by the Reserve Bank of Australia suggests that official interest rate cuts have a net gain for the nation overall, despite the impact on savers. The report argues that each $A1 reduction in home loan repayments results in an average increase of at least $A0.20 in expenditure on consumer durables. However, spending on durables rises by just $A0.04 on average for each $A1 increase in the interest income of net savers.

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