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Interest rates could rise: Economists warn home owners about higher repayments in 2022

Interest rates could rise: Economists warn home owners about higher repayments in 2022

Home buyers taking on huge loans to get into Australia’s property market could face higher mortgage repayments as early as November next year.

  • by Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke

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Where have all those central bank trillions gone?

Where have all those central bank trillions gone?

Central banks have pumped trillions of dollars into their financial systems and economies during the pandemic, but only relatively modest amounts have found their way into the real economy.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Share prices race ahead, but what’s next?
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Share prices race ahead, but what’s next?

Australian shares have risen strongly since last year’s sell-off as the economy powers ahead, although nervousness remains over the prospects of rising interest rates.

  • by John Collett
When good news is bad news: Investors have become addicted to low rates

When good news is bad news: Investors have become addicted to low rates

Investors have become so dependent on the monetary policies that have helped drive sharemarkets to record levels that good economic news is a sign to sell.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Surging jobs market may force RBA to re-think interest rate plan

Surging jobs market may force RBA to re-think interest rate plan

Strong jobs figures suggest the economy is performing better than expected and could force the RBA to lift interest rates much earlier than expected.

  • by Shane Wright and Nick Bonyhady
The Fed just got everyone’s attention with its abrupt change of tone
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The Fed just got everyone’s attention with its abrupt change of tone

Fed chief’s Jerome Powell’s indication that US interest rate rises are coming sooner than thought marked a dramatic shift in thinking, and has made markets uneasy.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
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RBA warns banks to maintain lending standards as wages growth struggles

RBA warns banks to maintain lending standards as wages growth struggles

RBA governor Phil Lowe also said the bank would only move on interest rates once it could see wages increasing.

  • by Shane Wright
Liberal MPs suggest radical plans to tackle housing affordability crisis

Liberal MPs suggest radical plans to tackle housing affordability crisis

Liberal MPs are demanding the federal government consider radical plans to bring the runaway housing market under control.

  • by Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke
Homeowners on alert as fixed-rate mortgages rise

Homeowners on alert as fixed-rate mortgages rise

Homeowners with variable-rate mortgages who want to lock in record-low interest rates may need to move quickly, with lenders hiking their four- and five-year fixed rates.

  • by John Collett
Soaring house prices: an economic threat eating away the future

Soaring house prices: an economic threat eating away the future

Special research by UNSW reveals growing house prices are making the economy more unstable while slamming the property door in the faces of under-35s.

  • by Shane Wright
Buyer beware amid warnings that interest rates will rise

Buyer beware amid warnings that interest rates will rise

It has been more than a decade since the RBA last increased interest rates. ANZ now believes the bank will have to move sooner rather than later.

  • by Shane Wright