Upfront Investor | Are the Banks Predicting a Housing Price Decline?

Interest rates still on hold? On the one hand we are being told our economy is one of the strongest around the globe and that the housing market has picked up incredibly well in some of the bigger Australian cities, with median values adding another 2.4% in Sydney and 1.2% in Melbourne last month. On the other hand, while prices heat up we see the RBA elect to leave rates on hold at historical lows once again. So what message does this send and who in the long run is this designed to help?

Not wanting to point the finger but when I read an article last week that pointed out opportunities raised by one of the big four banks to invest in property in mining towns to get an 8.0% yield the alarm bells rang loud. Why would a bank be running such promotions if not to bolster their own loan books? The reality is that banks are likely to struggle to continue to generate the same level of growth unless they can continue to sell more credit. If not for the banks, perhaps the RBA believe there is a real risk of the economy or in particular, the property market stalling.

So what do we expect in the market?

Although the market continued to be sold off this week, being the fifth consecutive week down since the high of 5453 points in October, the move so far has appeared more akin to a gentle landing than a rush for the door. What this may indicate is its time for the market to attempt to create some space overhead for the Santa rally we always hear about at this time of year in the media. This could see the market move higher into the first few months of 2014 to the lower edge of my target zone at 5600 points.

That said, as an analyst and trader my job is to always consider the alternate view, which currently indicates the market may move up for a couple of weeks before traction is lost and the wheels spin sideways. What could cause this to occur? Remember the change of guard at the Federal Reserve in the US will occur in January and although the incumbent chairman Janet Yellen has indicated that money printing will continue after she takes the helm from Ben Bernanke next month, we also know that what we are told and what actually occurs can be two different things. Investors need to apply caution while still having some exposure to the market.

XAO-06-12-13

To your profitable trading,

Dale Gillham
Chief Analyst
Wealth Within

Dale Gillham, ‘one of the country’s most respected analysts’ (Wealth Creator Magazine, Nov/Dec 2004), sought after key note speaker and author of the best selling book ‘How to Beat the Managed Funds by 20%’. Dale has assisted thousands of traders and investors to learn to trade shares and become confident and profitable in their direct share investments. Tired of an industry saturated by quick fix gimmicks and expensive short-courses, Dale co-founded Wealth Within to provide ‘ real education and ongoing personalised support’, as well as independent investment adviceto traders and investors who have become disillusioned by the market for one reason or another. As testament to this, Wealth Within launched Australia’s first and only nationally accredited Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Share Trading and Investment.