Anyone considering negative gearing as an investment strategy is crazy

May 23rd, 2017 Full Interviews

Property Investment Professionals of Australia head Ben Kingsley says a property investment strategy should aim for capital growth, but not lose money on the way. Making a loss with the hope of selling for a high price later is just a bad idea.

An appreciation of depreciation: budget 2017’s biggest surprise

May 18th, 2017 Talking Finance

In last week’s budget panel Louis Christopher of SQM Research introduced us to a budget curveball that may limit the depreciation claims investors can make on their properties. Louis is back with more details and fields the burning question: Are we headed for a property crash?

Government to establish $1bn National Housing Finance and Investment Corp

May 18th, 2017 Sustainability - With Rachel Alembakis

The government will establish the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC), an affordable housing bond aggregator designed to attract private and institutional investment and provider cheaper, longer-term finance to the development of affordable housing.

It’s been a very long time since we had a property crash in Australia

May 18th, 2017 Full Interviews

Real estate expert Louis Christopher from SQM Research says the odds of a slow down in the property market have increased for the second half of this year. And in other bad news for property investors, proposed budget changes mean you can’t claim plant depreciation on a second hand house, and it might even affect new properties.

RBA May Meeting, and will winter 2017 bring the peak in gas and electricity prices?

May 17th, 2017 Research Watch

Digesting the RBA May meeting minutes means making a meal of the RBA’s evolving view of part-time employment by choice versus underemployment. Meanwhile, to quote Game of Thrones, winter is coming, and Credit Suisse downgrades both AGL and Origin on analysis that the peak in gas and electricity prices is also coming this winter. Also, the news is good for Newcrest’s Cadia mine, with earthquake damage not as severe as it could have been.

Is the budget good or bad for investors, on balance?

May 16th, 2017 FUNDamentals

Not bad, quite bad and mixed. One thing our 5 fund managers do agree on is that the budget isn’t good for investors. Also this week a report from the 2017 Bennelong Investment Forum, China’s growth, Amazon in Australia and house prices.

Property depreciation rules are under attack in budget 2017

May 16th, 2017 Full Interviews

Tyron Hyde of Washington Brown says the old rules of the property depreciation game were simple: you could claim a tax deduction for wear and tear over time on any old or new investment property. Even on internal items like ovens and carpets. But now…

Budget economics, super housing, bank tax, Comey, Macron & volatility

May 13th, 2017 Weekly Overview

After a week of Budget brekkies Alan Kohler serves up his observations on the nation’s financial plan in his Overview. The plan to allow superannuation to be used for house deposits has captured the spotlight, but there’s been a significant change to negative gearing which has had less focus. Meanwhile, the banks should be okay with the bank tax, but we all know who’s really going to pay. And FBI chief Comey’s departure is an indicator that the US administration is scrambling for control.

SPECIAL: Budget 2017

May 12th, 2017 Research Watch

Rachel Alembakis reviews broker analysts reports in the days following Budget 2017-18.

In this analysis of Treasurer Scott Morrison’s Budget 2017-18, we examine first the macro-economic forecasts and assumptions to the proposals, then look in turn to the biggest announced pieces to the puzzle and possible equity impacts – the banks levy, the lifting of the Medicare cap, housing affordability measures (or lack thereof), infrastructure, insurance and superannuation, and retail.

More tax, more spending, but budget isn’t same for everyone

May 11th, 2017 Talking Finance

It’s our inaugural budget breakdown panel. We are two days on from the Federal Budget announcements and we’ve put together a crack team to analyse what the 2017-2018 budget means for Australia.

Annette Beacher, David Plank and Louis Christopher dissect the budget with a focus on housing, infrastructure and its impact on the markets.




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