18 Jan 2019 (TheAge) - Falling home loans point to further drop in house prices

(18 January 2019, The Age, p3, by Shane Wright)

‘A drop in home loans taken out across the country has prompted more warnings of further falls in house prices, with increasing interest from first-time buyers unable to offset dwindling numbers of investors. 39 more words

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17 Jan 2019 (AFR) - Sydney office incentives rise, need to be 'monitored closely': Deutsche Bank

(17 January 2019, AFR, p30, by Larry Schlesinger)

‘Sydney office incentives lifted sharply in the final quarter of 2018, dampening rental growth, and should be “monitored closely going forward”, analysts at Deutsche Bank Research have warned.’ 98 more words

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17 Jan 2019 (AFR) - 'We will go broke': Subcontractors, ATO owed millions in Merhis collapse

(17 January 2019, AFR, p29, by Larry Schlesinger)

‘The collapse of companies tied to Western Sydney developer and builder Merhis Group has cut a path of destruction among subcontractors and suppliers at the same time as the Australian Tax Office chases… 56 more words

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17 Jan 2019 (AFR) - Real estate floats hard to pump this year: Investment bankers' view

(17 January 2019, AFR, p28, by Matthew Cranston)

‘Leading investment bankers in Australia’s commercial property market have admitted new floats and other corporate M&A activity will be softer this year due to volatile conditions and heated valuations. 52 more words

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17 Jan 2019 (AFR) - 'Worst outlook' for global economy since July 2008; Fund managers slash growth, earnings bets: BAML monthly survey

(17 January 2019, AFR, p26, by Timothy Moore)

‘Optimism for global growth and corporate earnings has crashed among global fund managers, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 56 more words

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17 Jan 2019 (AFR) - Construction industry faces 'screeching halt' over cladding risk

(17 January 2019, AFR, p17, by James Fernyhough)

‘The combustible cladding crisis has left Australian building surveyors struggling to find compliant professional indemnity insurance, a development that industry sources warn could bring the construction industry to a “screeching halt”. 51 more words

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17 Jan 2019 (AFAR) - World Economics Forum: World ‘sleepwalking into catastrophe’ over climate risk

(17 January 2019, AFR, p17,  by James Fernyhough)

‘Global business leaders have identified the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change as by far the greatest long-term risk facing the world, in a hard-hitting report released by the World Economics Forum ahead of its annual meeting in Davos next week. 49 more words

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