The Wild Wild East 25 April 2018


CBD hotel sector tops property sentiments: NAB Commercial Property Survey

AFR, 18 Apr. 2018

CBD hotels are the promising commercial property sector in Australia, the latest NAB Commercial Property Survey shows.


Falling prices boost Sydney housing affordability: little changes in Melbourne

AFR, 19 Apr. 2018

Sydney homeowners pay more than half of their earnings to meet mortgage payments, even after falling prices in the NSW capital triggered an improvement in affordability in the first quarter.

Commercial property investors see past low yields in hope of higher returns

AFR, 20 Apr. 2018

Mum and dad investors, especially those with self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs), spend hours poring over auction booklets for their next commercial property investment – whether it's a childcare centre, a KFC-anchored retail outlet or a servo.

Cheap credit fuels house prices rising 200 times faster than income growth

AFR, 20 Apr. 2018

House prices are increasing by up to 200 times faster than income in some of Melbourne and Sydney's outer suburbs as easy credit, record population growth and inadequate new housing supply outpace wage growth, analysis reveals.


Australia’s fastest selling affordable suburbs

Domain, 22 Apr. 2018

Australia’s fastest selling affordable suburbs are expected to out-perform both Sydney and Melbourne over the next few years, according to new research.


Currency & Financial

Australian companies upbeat on China, but say operating there is getting harder

AFR, 17 Apr. 2018

More than half the Australian companies operating in China say they are not treated equally to their domestic competitors, and doing business in the world's second-largest economy is getting harder, according to a new survey.


Aussie expats go into battle over capital gains tax crackdown

AFR, 20 Apr. 2018

Australian expatriates are lobbying Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to overturn proposed tax changes that will force them to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital gains tax if they sell their family home while working overseas.


Chinese migrants snub Australia's $5m 'golden ticket' visas

The Guardian, 22 Apr. 2018

Australia’s controversial significant investor visa – the so-called “golden ticket” visa aimed at Chinese investors who invest $5m in Australia – is being snubbed by wealthy migrants, with applications at their lowest levels.




Treasury Wine Estates believers buoyed by China export boom

AFR, 16 Apr. 2018

Australia's annual wine exports to China have soared through the $1 billion mark for the first time in another positive sign for sharemarket darling Penfolds owner Treasury Wine Estates.


Australian horticulture exports: Growers’ grape leap forward

The Weekly Times, 17 Apr. 2018

AUSTRALIAN horticulture producers are scaling up their plantings to capitalise on the elimination of tariffs for produce exported to China next year.


Delta Ag to form alliance with CBRE in rural real estate

Grain Central, 18 April 2018

Eastern Australia rural services company, Delta Agribusiness, and global real estate business, CBRE, are set to enter into a strategic alliance focusing on rural real estate services across New South Wales.




Resources are still boosting Australia despite China slowdown

AFR, 17 Apr. 2018

In economics, the most interesting results are the ones that are counter-intuitive. When growth gets a boost from an economic shock that would normally weaken it, the result is both interesting and requires explanation. This is what economists get most excited about.



Retail & Tourism

China leapfrogs New Zealand as Australia's top tourist source

Reuters, 18 Apr. 2018

SYDNEY (Reuters) - China has leapfrogged New Zealand to become the top source country for travelers to Australia in the 12 months to February, Australian official data showed on Wednesday, as overall visitor numbers hit a record high.


Alibaba’s future of retail involves QR codes, smart mirrors, and gamified discounts

Smart Company, 23 Apr. 2018

According to Chinese online retail giant Alibaba, the future of retail technology is rooted in object and facial recognition, QR codes, and gamifying shopper discounts.


How a Sydney startup managed to corner the Chinese market in months

Business News Aus, 23 Apr. 2018

Koala Eco only launched in 2017, but already the brand has found its place in the coveted Chinese market.




Australia hosting unprecedented numbers of international students

ABC Online, 18 Apr. 2018

Australia is hosting unprecedented numbers of international students, who now make up more than a quarter of enrolments at some universities.


Chinese defy warnings and flock to Australian universities

The Australian, 18 Apr. 2018

Chinese students have defied unspecified ‘‘safety’’ warnings from their government amid fears of undue Chinese influence, flocking to Australia in larger numbers this year than ever before.



China Domestic

'Marry first, then fall in love': The evolution of love and marriage in China since Mao Zedong's era

ABC Online, 22 Apr. 2018

Married at First Sight has captured the attention of Australians who are drawn to the drama between complete strangers matched and made to live together as a couple. But the concept is not far from how marriages worked in China just a few decades ago.