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March 10, 2008 – Comments (4)

When demographia came out with their 4th annual affordability study I couldn't help but notice Australia.  I am highly of the opinion that the US is in big trouble because the average affordability index for the country got up to 3.9 in 2005, and it is currently at 3.6.

Well, as big trouble as that is, it is nothing compared to Australia's affordablilty index, a whopping 6.3.  Add to that the super easy lending standards, which make the US look absolutely draconian, I jest a little here.  A quick search of Australia brought up mortgage web sites offering to finance as much as 106%. 

Yesterday Mish had a post that listed credit news from around the world, and one was about Australia.  Today there is another story about Australia.  They are having a financial crisis.

It says something about banks hoarding cash.

They are handling things differently in that their bank rate is at a 12 year high to control inflation. 

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On March 10, 2008 at 8:29 AM, dwot (51.92) wrote:

Oil production costs going up....

I am having some serious pride in Canada and why isn't the rest of the world bringing in these kinds of measures?

Although Lovelock says we've gone past the point of no return... 

 

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#2) On March 10, 2008 at 9:22 AM, dwot (51.92) wrote:

Big Picture has a chart of the end of the day trading on Ambac

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#3) On March 10, 2008 at 9:41 AM, dwot (51.92) wrote:

What have I been saying since the fall, I don't trust the fall-out from these derivative things.

Naked Capitalism nicely brings together 3 pieces on it

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#4) On March 10, 2008 at 11:28 AM, FoolishChemist (97.43) wrote:

I just looked at the first Australian Bank I Googled up and they are offering 6.80% interest for savings.  Some of the banks here in the States are offering 5% home equity loans.  Sweet, take a loan, put it in Australia and make money from nothing.  OK I'm not going to actually do that, (currency conversion issues, getting to Australia and if their dollar starts falling) but it is a really tempting interest rate at least compared to the measly 3% we are now getting.

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