Interest rates

Commentary

13 Mar 2018

Australia has become an economy burdened down with debt. The burden may feel light now, with interest rates so low, but as they rise it will become heavier, and slow our capacity to grow.

Commentary

Article

9 Mar 2015

Many conversations around Australia start and end on house prices – particularly for those lucky (or unlucky?) enough to live in our major capitals.

Prices are out of control, with quite extraordinary price increases over recent years. I would know, I have struggled to...

Research report

17 Mar 2014

Introduction: The New Zealand economy will grow strongly over the next couple of years, according to the latest NZIER Consensus Forecasts. Economic growth will pick up from 2.9% in the March 2014 year to 3.6% the following year.

Exports this year were depressed...

Working paper

30 Apr 2012

Starting with accelerator models designed to capture the inventory cycle, inventory behavior has attracted an enormous amount of attention in macroeconomics. The chief reason is that while inventory investment makes up only a small fraction of GDP, roughly one-half of a percent, it can contribute...

Discussion paper

17 Sep 2010

This paper examines the relationship between government debt and the real interest margin between Australian and US ten-year government bond yields. Results for 1990 to 2009 suggest that Australian general government net debt has no impact on the short run real interest margin, and has...

Commentary

Article

3 Oct 2007

Lower interest rates and a reduced capital gains tax combined to create the present affordability crisis, writes SAUL ESLAKE, and the solutions aren’t straightforward.

THERE’S no doubt that housing affordability has deteriorated substantially over the past decade or so. Indeed as conventionally measured...

Research report

13 Aug 2007

Mortgage affordability and the ability to purchase a home has become a highly sensitive political issue in recent years. Indeed, the issue of indebtedness of Australian households, through credit cards, personal loans and mortgages, is now a regular topic of debate. This background note provides...

Commentary

Article

26 Jul 2007

Australia's interest rates are close to the highest among all developed countries. IAN McAULEY looks at the implications

"WOTCHER gonna do 'bout 'ousin?" a lady screamed at Bob Menzies in a 1960s town hall election rally.

"I'd put an 'h' in front...

Commentary

Article

22 Feb 2005

Pressure on interest rates has little to do with industrial relations, argues Richard Denniss

FACED with recent indications from the Reserve Bank that interest rates are about to rise, the federal government is looking around for someone to blame, with the most likely culprits...

Research report

24 Nov 2003

On Wednesday 5 November 2003 the Reserve Bank of Australia announced that it would be operating in the money market to increase the cash interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point (or 25 basis points) to 5.00 per cent. Changes in the cash...

Research report

24 Nov 2003

The recent decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to increase interest rates following seventeen months of unchanged, historically low rates has generated interest in the impact of this decision on the approximately 32 per cent of Australian households with mortgages. It has also prompted...

Research report

24 Dec 2002

Under the National Drought Policy, created in 1992, federal government support for farmers comes predominantly in two forms: interest rate subsidies and a special welfare payment. Support under these programs is only available to farmers in defined areas which have been declared to be experiencing...

Research report

6 Feb 2001

This Note provides an estimate of the present average value of home loan mortgages and indicates the strong growth in new mortgage values over the second half of the 1990s to the year 2000. It also examines the variation between States in mortgage values and...

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