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The housing boom ends, signaling financial turbulence ahead


The housing boom ends, signaling financial turbulence ahead

Australian property prices are falling at their fastest rate for five years, thus putting a definitive end to the debt-fueled housing boom.  My concern is that this reversal has only just begun.


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Roger is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Montgomery Investment Management. Roger brings more than two decades of investment and financial market experience, knowledge and relationships to bear in his role as Chief Investment Officer. Prior to establishing Montgomery, Roger held positions at Ord Minnett Jardine Fleming, BT (Australia) Limited and Merrill Lynch.

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  1. Hold the press, the great saviour, former Property Council of Australia guru Scott Morrison assumes the helm. Expect nothing less than the kitchen sink to be thrown at Mr Market. Followed by the benchtop, appliances and even the fridge. What a bonfire it’ll turn out to be!

  2. Robert Stevenson

    Great article Roger. I really wonder why the government hasn’t done more to address this housing affordibilty crisis. Who do they really working for? There’s thousands of apartments that are being built every year, surely there should also be an equivocal focus on affordable public housing initiatives. Not everyone can just “get a good job that pays good money”.

    • The Government can’t afford to let housing prices drop.

      Alot of the baby boomers entering retirement have all their money tied up in their houses. If prices drop there’s more load on pensions and the gov to provide.

      I think this is one of the reasons.

      • Well if the ALP wins you can kiss goodbye any dreams you have of the government doing anything to protect the wealth of those “evil rich retirees” getting fat franking credit Cheques every year!

      • Not just retirees, Roger, it’s all of our super funds. The issue of franking credit refunds is one that affects ALL generations – boomers, X,Y,Z etc.

        For once, we actually have something that might unite us, rather than the incessant ‘pitching generations against each other’ in a blame game.

        People need to wake up, the politicians will only do things that benefit themselves, they don’t care about the general populace. It’s modern feudalism.

      • Couldn’t reply to your comment here roger, so replied to mine.

        It’s unfortunate, but i think they are going to lose my vote on this one issue. Well my preferenced vote anyway, normally neither primary party get my primary vote anymore. As someone who’s goal is early retirement, this bump in effective tax rate post retirement is going to make a difference.

  3. Great news, bring it on.

    I own a house but I’m not selling any time soon, and we need a good crash to sweep the cobwebs out of some of these overpriced asset markets (like the general S&P500).

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