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Australia’s Addiction to Private Debt

    by Philip Soos and Paul D. Egan A perennial and divisive issue in politics and economics today is the matter of public debt. It is commonly asserted that rising public debt threatens the economy and needs to be reined in. Governments are often portrayed...

Over the BBQ

In the spirit of Anthony’s Story, an alert Don’t Buy Now! activist has sent this eye-popper with more sizzle than a Sunday BBQ with your Little Landlord mates: I’d like to share a story with you that shows the system is broken. I’ll divulge...

The Reserve Bank of Blackjack

  By Lindsay David- Author of Australia: Boom to Bust In my book Australia: Boom to Bust, I lay the argument that since the Global Financial Crisis, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has been managing a bubble—not an economy. Unfortunately, as every day passes,...

Australia’s Magic Pudding

      ‘The Magic Pudding’ was written by Norman Lindsay nearly 100 years ago. Albert the pudding has thin arms and legs and is a bad-tempered, ill-mannered so-and-so into the bargain. His only pleasure is in being eaten. No matter how much of the pudding one...

Australian property through foreign eyes

By Catherine Cashmore, a market analyst, journalist, and policy thinker, with extensive industry experience in all aspects relating to property. Follow Catherine on Twitter or via her Blog. I had the good fortune to meet two investors from Dallas Texas last week –...

House prices, not wages, is the bigger issue

Letters, Australian Financial Review  15 January 2014  p33    Peter Pitt (“High wages force companies to consider offshore options”, AFR January 10) suggests that a lower minimum wage will improve employment retention in Australia. The lower wage countries he uses to...

Marvelous Melbourne, Magical Margins

    The weighted net annual rate of return on land investment in Melbourne 1880-92 was a remarkably high 34.6 per cent, peaking at 78.3 per cent in 1887, according to a fascinating paper researcher Philip Soos has unearthed Rates of Return on Melbourne Land...