COVID-19 and the Australian Property Market

Interest rate announcement - April 2020As a result of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the RBA last month took the unprecedented step of cutting the cash rate twice (once at normal monthly meeting and an additional emergency cut later that month on 19 March) which saw the cash reach a historic low

Investment Update – COVID-19 Special

At Harvest Financial Group, we’re continuing to monitor the evolving situation of Coronavirus ‘s impact on financial markets and people. In order to contain the spread of the very contagious Coronavirus (aka COVID-19), governments around the world are taking extraordinary measures to limit person-to-person contact within their populations, which in turn is taking a great

Property Market Update – March 2020

Interest rate announcement - March 2020This month, in the context of the Coronavirus outbreak and its impact on markets and consumer condfidence, the RBA has reduced the cash rate to a new record low of 0.50%. We expect this reduction to be at least partly passed on to borrowers. The inflation rate is currently

Whats just happened in markets? Coronavirus starts to bite

As we write, stockmarkets around the world seem to have finally taken notice of the Coronavirus outbreak. We are seeing headlines like “market tumbles” and “$50 billion wiped off market”. In spite of the virus being regarded as having serious economic consequences for some weeks now, the sell off seems to have been triggered by

First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (Update Feb 2020)

Interest rate announcement - February 2020This month the RBA have left the cash rate on hold at 0.75% and continue to monitor the economy closely. The inflation rate is currently 1.7% which is below the RBA’s ideal range of between 2% and 3%. The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is an Australian

Market Commentary – January 2020

First of all, we would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a happy new year! Throughout 2019, our updates sought to outline and discuss our prevailing view that, despite undeniable existence of several (potentially significant) headwinds, investors should remain cautiously optimistic about the medium to long term prospects for markets. This view