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Australian Banks – First The Housing Bubble Bursts, Now A Public Inquiry

Australian Banks – First The Housing Bubble Bursts, Now A Public Inquiry

We keep returning to the subject of Australia and the growing signs that its bubble economy is bursting. Earlier this month, we discussedhow the world’s longest-running bull market – 55 years – in Australian house prices appears to have come to an end. We followed this up with “Why Australia’s Economy Is A House Of Cards” in which Matt Barrie and Craig Tindale described how Australia’s three decades long economic expansion had mostly been the result of “dumb luck”.

As a whole, the Australian economy has grown through a property bubble inflating on top of a mining bubble, built on top of a commodities bubble, driven by a China bubble.

Last week, in “The Party’s Over For Australia’s $5.6 Trillion Housing Market Frenzy”, we highlighted some scary metrics for Australia’s housing bubble – notably how the value of Australian housing is more than four times gross domestic product – higher than other nations with housing bubbles, e.g. New Zealand, the UK and Canada. Two days ago, we noted the number of Australians optimistic about the year ahead had plunged to a record low.

Moving on to the nation’s banks, while Australian households are the second most indebted in the world, its banks are the most exposed to housing debt…

…which doesn’t augur well if, as we expect, the housing bubble deflates. We pointed out that an additional risk for Australia’s banking sector, which certainly wouldn’t help the property market either, was the growing demand for a public inquiry. This follows a series of scandals relating to misleading financial advice, attempted rate-rigging, fee gouging and alleged breaches of anti-money laundering laws. According to Australia’s ABC News.

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