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Dale Alcock says builders in WA “would be crazy to discount in this environment because they don’t need to”.

Rising rates won’t hit home building in WA or Victoria, ABN Group says

Perth’s undersupply of housing relative to demand is so great that prices will keep rising “substantially”, the country’s second-largest home builder says.

  • Michael Bleby

Rising listings, poor affordability slash house price growth

The rate fell by a third to 1.9 per cent across the combined capital cities during the September quarter, a new report from Domain shows.

  • Nila Sweeney


RBA governor Michele Bullock.

RBA must show independence on material inflation risk

The Treasurer’s pre-emptive insistence makes it even more important that the new governor and her board actively demonstrate the central bank’s political independence.

  • The AFR View

At this salon, services inflation is proving hard to trim

The average price of hairdressing and personal grooming services increased by 6.7 per cent last year. At one Sydney salon, it means a shampoo, cut and blow dry will cost $200 from next week.

  • Ronald Mizen
Brad Banducci says mortgage holders are under pressure, but the pain is spreading to renters, too.

What 680,000 toy cars tell you about interest rate pain

Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci says mortgagees and renters are hurting. But Wednesday’s inflation surprise leaves the RBA facing the prospect of lifting rates several times.  

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  • James Thomson
Australians are facing an economic environment of rapidly rising interest rates.

Markets lock in pre-Christmas rate rise

Bond traders are certain of a cash rate increase by Christmas, implying a 50 per cent chance of a follow-up move.

  • Cecile Lefort
Jim Chalmers.

Chalmers resists RBA rates risks

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has resisted predictions from economists that strong inflation data will force the RBA to raise the cash rate up to two more times.

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  • Michael Read
RBA governor Michele Bullock on Tuesday night.

‘Assertive’ and ‘transparent’: Economists applaud Bullock’s speech

Economists witnessed Reserve Bank governor Michele Bullock’s inflation fighting credentials first-hand on Tuesday night in her maiden speech in the top job.

  • Joanne Tran
RBA governor Michele Bullock will consider an interest rate rise on November 7.

Inflation boosts chances of Cup Day interest rate rise

The jump in underlying inflation will be extremely hard for Michele Bullock to ignore as she tries to shore up the RBA’s credibility.

  • John Kehoe

This Month

RBA governor Michele Bullock on Tuesday night.

Renters better off than in 2021: RBA’s Bullock

Strong income growth has shielded households without a mortgage from the worst of the cost-of-living crunch, the bank’s new governor says in her first speech.

  • Michael Read and John Kehoe
RBA governor Michele Bullock made her maiden speech as governor in Sydney on Tuesday night.

Bullock squares up for inflation fight in first speech

It took only two minutes for Michele Bullock to refer back to Philip Lowe’s warning about high inflation. She is staying the course.

  • Anthony Macdonald
Westpac’s economic team, now led by Luci Ellis, expects the Reserve Bank will keep rates on hold until next June.

The next RBA rate move will be down, says Westpac

The next move in interest rates will be down, says the bank’s economics team, which is now led by a highly regarded former Reserve Bank assistant governor.

  • Karen Maley
Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell says there may still be tightening in the pipeline.

Cloudy economic outlook causes chaos in safe haven bonds

Ten-year US Treasury yields breached 5 per cent again before crashing, as investors reposition bets amid a muddied economic picture.

  • Cecile Lefort
Ali Dibadj says rocky markets should be “nirvana” for an active manager.

Janus Henderson CEO’s three planks for risky markets

Ali Dibadj says uncertain markets are “nirvana” for the global asset manager, which is in the midst of a turnaround.

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  • James Thomson
Sydney house prices are poised to increase by around 12pc  this year and by another 5pc next year.

Sydney, Brisbane, Perth house prices to rise 12pc this year

The rosier prediction comes as expectations for a wider housing market recovery over the next few years strengthen.

  • Updated
  • Nila Sweeney
Bill Ackman has closed his bond short, warning of a slowing US economy.

How Bill Ackman set off a wild night on markets

The legendary Wall Street hedge fund billionaire announced that he had covered his short in a night of bond market turbulence where the 10-year Treasury yield hit 5 per cent before plunging.

  • James Thomson

Where to find the cheapest properties to rent near the CBDs

These are the suburbs where tenants can still rent a house for under $500 a week and units for less than $400.

  • Nila Sweeney
Fed boss Jerome Powell’s next opportunity to check bond volatility will be on November 1.

The Fed pivot that turbulent Treasuries need

At a minimum, US policymakers need to shift from backward-looking data to combining data dependency with a clearly articulated economic vision.

  • Mohamed El-Erian
The private equity sector is looking for safe ports amid an interest rate storm.

Why boring is beautiful amid private equity’s ‘exit crunch’

Surging interest rates are a threat to private equity returns, but the boss of this $16 billion giant says there are pockets of safety to be found.  

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  • James Thomson
US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell.

Bank of America pushes US rate rise to December

Hedging their call for another interest rate increase, economists at the bank said they see “meaningful risks that the Fed” could be done altogether.

  • Timothy Moore