The QLD government's June quarter Housing Market Report is not a pretty read. I suggest reading my earlier post, The Implant as a primer about the mentality north of the Tweed River.
The Rental Market
Gladstone has become a major Coal mining centre. The rest?
Home Prices (read on an empty stomach)
$420,000 to $407,000 in 3 months? A loss of $1000 per week per property (Queenslanders love property investment).
That's carnage with Cairns leading the way (I presume Port Douglas being the major drag).
Referring back to "The Implant" hows Cairns Units? $1705 a week down the gurgler in the last 3 months and an average $1500 a week over the year to wipe $80,000 off or 28%.
The housing market slide (equity falls take out discretionary spending) is starting to flow on.
Unemployment will continue to rise as house prices fall.
Want to bet the media ignore this report or bury it?
QLD Housing and Economy 2Q 2011
The mining industry underpinning Australia's economy is just media waffle. Australia's economy is underpinned by massive private debt fuelling a ponzi housing bubble.
Big banks to bring home $17.5bn bacon
AUSTRALIA'S big banks will announce nearly $17.5 billion in full-year profits over the next two weeks, rounding off a record reporting season for the sector.
But the results come against a backdrop of rising tension in Europe's financial markets, while in Australia the rate of annual lending growth has slowed to near three-decade lows.
The subdued lending environment - mostly as a result of consumers and businesses being more cautious towards debt - means revenue growth is the biggest challenge faced by the sector.
Bank profits 'underpin' economy: ABA
Indeed they do, built around a Ponzi bubble.
The Australian Bankers' Association has defended bank profits, saying the banking system "underpins" the Australian economy.
The ABA has released a fact sheet which it claims highlights the importance of bank profitability. ABA chief executive Steve Munchenberg said profitable banks provide a safety net to the economy in the midst of global economic uncertainty post the GFC.
A safety net built on overleverage, massive debt and a Ponzi bubble. I feel safe now.
"Unlike overseas, banks here did not fail, nor did they require government bailouts. Australia's healthy banks continue to keep our savings safe and to make loans which keep the Australian economy moving," he said.
That last line is worthy of the comedy channel.
But, something is amiss.
Job losses loom as banks to wield axe
PREDICTIONS of thousands of job losses in the banking sector were reinforced yesterday after former investor darling Macquarie Group revealed it had cut almost 500 jobs in the past six months.
Analysts from UBS are predicting more job losses in Australia's commercial banks as they face the reality of customers seeking to reduce their debt.
UBS banking analyst Jonathan Mott estimates Australia's big four banks and big regional banks employ 174,000 staff. But he warns that following the financial crisis, banks have lost a mainstay of their profitability - the ability to sell more and more loans.