How the Economic Machine Really Works

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MY BACKGROUND TRAINING is as an economist. And yet, trying to explain such things in an easy-to-understand way can often prove rather difficult.

Australia has been more fortunate than most countries emerging from the GFC. And yet, there seems to be a certain complacency regarding our economic well-being.

And that’s probably because there is now an entire generation who have never really had to face “tough times”. As such, they have paid little attention to how the economy as a whole actually works.

However, I came across this excellent video by Ray Dalio – who is the billionaire founder and CEO of probably the world’s biggest hedge fund firm … Bridgewater Associates.


As a dedicated student of history, Ray provides you with a simple template – which is summarised in his video above.

Given what he has managed to achieve, I thought it was something you might care to watch – if nothing else to confirm your own present understanding of how everything works.

And just make sure you watch right to the end – because you will find Ray Dalio leaves you with 3 Rules of Thumb to operate by.

Best wishes …

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You Can Turn Your Mortgage into an Asset

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DO YOU VIEW your mortgages as liabilities or assets? The way you look at it can actually determine your financial success.

People often think that debt is bad and you should repay your loan as soon as possible. However, the truth is, some debt is good if used to own appreciating assets. [Read more…]

You Need to Look Behind The Economic Data

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A NUMBER of journalists and economic pundits seem to have been focussing solely upon the latest GDP figures.

However, the recent NAB monthly business survey appears to contradict concerns about the shaky household consumption sector – where the main concerns seem to relate to past issues.

Mainly things like … the end of the mining boom, resulting in a collapse of wage growth. [Read more…]

How Will Trump’s Win Affect Commercial Property?

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WHILE THE WORLD may be stunned by Donald Trump’s win, you’ll most likely find things will not be nearly as bad as everyone thinks.

And that’s reflected in the huge rebound in the stock market — once investors began studying his policies in more depth.

How did Trump achieve the Win?

In many respects, the media is responsible for the outcome — because so much airplay was given to his outlandish rhetoric. [Read more…]

APRA Cracking Down on Commercial Property Investment Loans

AS MANY INVESTORS would already be aware, borrowing for investing in property has become increasingly difficult over the past 12 months.

And that's because APRA (the banking regulator) has issued a warning to major banks to reduce their exposure to investment property loans.

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Recent Changes to the Lending Environment

THE CURRENT LENDING environment has changed markedly over the last two months with the main developments being:

  1. Lending to foreign investors has been severely restricted or entirely removed by all Australian banks.
  2. Interest Rates have been cut, with the drop passed on for owner-occupied loans and partially passed on for investment loans.
  3. Concerns have been raised about housing oversupply in certain parts of the country, including Melbourne and Sydney, and lenders have placed increased restrictions on higher density developments. 
  4. Some banks have been advised that their loan books are too heavily weighted to property investment (including commercial) and have thus pulled back their lending ratios.
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To Fix or Not to Fix Your Commercial Loan Rate?

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WITH BOTH SHORT AND LONGER term fixed rates currently at historical lows, discussions around fixing rates for commercial loans has increased markedly.

This article will focus on the major factors that should be taken into account when considering whether or not to fix a loan against a commercial investment property. [Read more…]

Do You Fully Understand Commercial Property Valuations?

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WHEN PURCHASING A COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, the valuation is a key element in the financing process and in providing the buyer with comfort in their purchase price.

For the wise investor, it is important to have some understanding of how valuations are conducted.

Doing so will establish confidence that the valuation will not pose an issue with finance and also act as a basic tool, to verify a purchase price or estimate asset value for existing properties. [Read more…]

How to Borrow to Buy a Property Within Your Personal Super Fund


AS YOU PROBABLY realise, this is not quite as simple as it may seem. And yet, all you need to do is follow some clearly defined procedures.ff

Simply CLICK ABOVE to watch the short Video … for a quick summary of what’s involved. [Read more…]

Will Lower Oil Prices Mean Improved Economic Growth?

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THE ANSWER is both Yes and No … depending upon which country you live in.

Oil-GDPLast weekend’s Financial Review reported an analysis by Oxford Economics, which predicted the likely effect upon GDP during 2015-16 … of oil being at $US40 Vs. $US84 per barrel.

And a quick summary of that is included over on the right. [Read more…]

Commercial Property: State of The Nation

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OFFICE VACANCY RATES have lept towards 15% in Brisbane, Darwin, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth. And this takes the national average to 12.4%, as an overall vacancy level.

However, businesses are now leasing space once again in both Sydney and Melbourne — where their vacancy rates are currently hovering around 10%, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. [Read more…]