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11 Oct 2018 (AFR) – IMF sounds warning on economic risks of household debt and high house prices

(11 October 2018, AFR, p9, by John Kehoe)

Household disposable income and consumption (RBA)

Household disposable income and consumption (RBA)

The International Monetary Fund has ramped up concerns on risks to Australia’s economy from bulging household debt and high house prices, as it warned global asset valuations could “adjust abruptly” due to further US interest rate rises. The IMF’s biannual global financial stability report said international financial conditions remained broadly accommodative and supportive of economic growth. But the Washington-based fund said investors would increasingly focus on how continued monetary policy tightening by central banks and the US-China trade tensions affect asset prices.’

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