Driven by higher returns on their equity, debt-financed investors are dominating the housing market and shaping its growth.
New research shows the actual returns on equity for housing investors are higher than most people realise. This helps explain why investors are able to out-compete other home buyers.
Many other businesses are already involved in OBOR, albeit with a cautious approach.
Australia has so far declined China’s offer to formally link the Northern Australia project to OBOR. But it risks losing out on trade and investment if the government doesn't take a stronger approach.
Shadow or parallel banking refers to the non-bank financial intermediaries that supply services similar to commercial banks.
Shadow banking provides investors with the means to isolate risks, transfer profits, avoid regulation and increase the range of money-like financial products available for investment.
With a prospective hard Brexit, Australia should prioritise a free trade agreement with the EU over the UK.
Australia High Commission
Analysis shows there's less competition and more cross over in trade between Australia and the EU, making a trade deal more appealing.
The effects of a sovereign credit rating downgrade would be painful for all South Africans.
President-elect Trump’s twitter account has the power to devastate companies’ share prices.
Tweet-shaming from politicians isn't the best way to regulate companies – it hurts investments, shareholders and ultimately the economy.
Pensions and other long-term investments are struggling in this new age of uncertainty.
Glencore is likely to face some tough questions from analysts at its next market update.
Did one negative analyst note on mining giant Glencore really wipe billions off the markets?
Heading for a fall. An investor watches on as Chinese stocks tumbled earlier this month.
How Hwee Young/EPA
Beijing needs to learn to let go of untameable markets and allow the sector into the 21st century.
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The ongoing weakness in tech stocks brings with it the inevitable portent that we are witnessing the bursting of a new dot com bubble akin to that of the late nineties and early noughties. Shortly before…
All banking comes with risk, but it could be better disclosed.
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Fears over China’s ability to cope with its debt crisis and renewed doubts over recovery in the US have sent investors running back to old faithful: gold. But markets look as if they are favouring tradition…
While new housing financial instruments caused the global financial crisis in 2008, in investment theory innovation is held…