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Credit update and outlook

As we approach the end of the interest rate rising cycle, we are seeing various indicators stabilise, including building materials, supplies, and stock. This is a positive sign that the market is adjusting, and we are closely monitoring these trends.

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CEO’s Update: Welcome to 2024

For Zagga, the year has begun, much like it ended, with a spate of activity. It was very pleasing, during the final quarter of 2023, to see several extended loans discharging, offering an opportunity for investors to re-cycle their money into fresher opportunities. We look forward to this trend continuing through 2024, as the industry implements solves for the various factors that caused these delays.

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2024 Economic Forecast

“It’s going to be a tough first half of 2024, I think, for the economy. But when we get to the second half, the tax cuts that we’re hearing so much about, will come through. If we get interest rate cuts and inflations under control, then the second half of 2024 will be a better year for the economy. And we could even have a pretty strong outlook for 2025.”

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What to expect for the economy in 2024

2023 ended with a clear and marked slowdown… The key issues early in 2024 will be the extent of the fall in inflation – if it falls earlier and more aggressively than the RBA is currently forecasting, the start of the interest rate cutting cycle will be brought forward to the first half of the year.

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CEO’s Update: Wrapping up 2023

At Zagga, we are pleased to have successfully navigated the turbulent waters of the past 12 months… We close 2023 with a sense that economic and market conditions overall will start to improve, with some sunlight now peeking through the clouds… We look forward to the continued support of all of our stakeholders as we sail into 2024. We are ready for whatever the conditions might be.

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RBA hikes rates despite slower growth: House prices momentum is slowing

House prices continue to rise at a solid pace with the strong demand / weak supply dynamics still at play… but the largest cities continue to register large price increases. Since the low point early in 2023, house prices have risen 8 per cent to be at a new record high. Importantly, auction clearance rates have turned down from the mid 2023 peak, while at the same time new listings of properties for sale are rising as sellers take advantage of what are positive issues for them to list their property.

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