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APRA to impose lending restrictions by mid-2022

While house prices have surged, household debt remains contained and lending standards remain sound overall. However, housing credit growth is set to accelerate and there are already signs that some households are borrowing too much. The upshot is that we now expect regulators to impose restrictions on debt-to-income ratios by the middle of next year.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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Australia & New Zealand Chart Book

Consumption to surge even as real incomes fall

We now expect Australia’s inflation to rise by more than 6% this year. Even allowing for an acceleration in earnings growth and a further solid rise in employment as immigration resumes, that will result in the first annual fall in real household disposable income since the early 1990s. By contrast, we expect gains in nominal disposable income to continue to stay ahead of increases in consumer prices in New Zealand. Even so, we expect Australia’s real consumption growth to outpace New Zealand’s this year, for two key reasons. First, consumer spending in Australia has only just started to surpass its pre-virus peak but is already well above that watermark in New Zealand. Accordingly, there’s more scope for catch-up in Australia. Second, consumer confidence in Australia has softened but has collapsed in New Zealand, where it reached an all-time low in March. We’ve pencilled in a 6% rise in Australia’s consumption this year, well above our forecast of a 2.8% rise in New Zealand. ANZ Drop-in (18th May, 07:00 BST/14:00 SGT): Join economists from our Australia and Markets services shortly after the release of Q1 labour market data for a discussion about the Australian growth, inflation and monetary policy outlook. Register now.

17 May 2022

Australia & New Zealand Economics Weekly

Minimum wage to rise by 4% this year

Suggestions by Labor leader Albanese that minimum wage increases in line with inflation plus productivity growth are sustainable are wide of the mark at a time when consumer prices are rising twice as fast as the RBA would like them to. But with even employers supporting a large minimum wage hike, we now expect the Fair Work Commission to lift the minimum wage by 4% next month. While that would reduce the hit to household incomes from soaring living costs, it would add to the upward pressure on inflation. ANZ Drop-in (19th May, 07:00 BST/14:00 SGT): Join economists from our Australia and Markets services shortly after the release of Q1 labour market data on 18th May for a discussion about the Australian growth, inflation and monetary policy outlook. Register now.

13 May 2022

Australia & New Zealand Economics Update

New Zealand - Wage growth will rise further before it falls

The 6% rise in the minimum wage will help lift wage growth further this year. But a loosening labour market and smaller minimum wage hikes in the years ahead will facilitate a slow down in wage growth from next year. Markets Drop-In (11th May, 10:00 EDT/15:00 BST): We’re discussing our Q2 Outlook reports and what they say about the potential performance of bonds, equities and FX rates as inflation peaks in a special 20-minute briefing on Wednesday. Register now.

11 May 2022

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Japan Data Response

Japan Flash PMIs (Sep. 2021)

September’s flash PMIs suggest that while the services sector is bouncing back as the delta wave has ebbed, the manufacturing sector is suffering from weaker demand and mounting supply shortages.

24 September 2021

Australia & New Zealand Economics Update

Rising household debt will limit scope for rate hikes

High and rising household debt in Australia and New Zealand will limit central banks’ scope to hike interest rates. The upshot is that we expect the RBNZ to hike rates by a modest 125bp in the tightening cycle set to start next month, while the RBA’s policy rate may only surpass 1% in 2024.    

23 September 2021

Japan Economics Update

New Bank of Japan Governor unlikely to lift rates

The Bank of Japan left policy settings unchanged today and while a new Prime Minister could appoint a more hawkish BoJ Governor, we expect the Bank to keep interest rates unchanged for years.

22 September 2021
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