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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 are first mortgage investments?

In today’s multifaceted investment landscape, sophisticated investors are seeking alternative investment opportunities which provide a more attractive return for risk proposition with lower volatility than what is currently available in the public markets.

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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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House prices remain strong, as inflation continues to ease

One of the key issues for the Australian economy in 2023 has been the strength in house prices… The end point… is that house prices are set to rise by 10 per cent in 2023, not fall 20 per cent, as the demand and supply dynamics underpin prices across all capital cities and in many regional areas. From an economic perspective, this is good news.

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Oil prices shock the world as the economy continues to slow

These events have had a significant impact on global financial markets which have reaction by pricing in a higher probability – but not a certainty – that official interest rates will need to rise further to squash any re-emerging inflation pressures while at the same time, expectations for interest rate cuts have been dramatically scaled back.

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Reflecting on Zagga’s journey since 2017

As we look to build on the foundations established since 2017 and to grow our business, we remain committed, not only to sourcing top quality alternative investment options from our accredited borrower clients and trusted introducers, but also to innovate and diversify the manner in which these can be structured and delivered to best effect and to meet the expanding requirements of our broad investor base.

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New unitised private debt fund released

Boutique investment manager and non-bank lender Zagga has launched its initial unitised private debt fund aimed at providing investors with access to an asset class that can operate as a hedge against the rising interest rates currently pervading the Australian economy.

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Zagga launches unitised CRED fund in response to adviser demand

Boutique investment manager and non-bank lender Zagga has announced the launch of its inaugural unitised private debt fund, the Zagga CRED Fund (ZCF). According to the firm, given the asset class’ ability to serve as a robust hedge against rising interest rates, the fund presents as a compelling alternative for advisers aiming to increase their clients’ allocation to private debt in the current inflationary climate.

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Stepping up for people living with cerebral palsy

This STEPtember, the team at Zagga are proud to be joining a community of over 120,000 Australians moving together to drive meaningful change for people with cerebral palsy. Our aim is to move 10,000 steps – or its equivalent – per team member, per day for the full 30 days! It’ll be a worthwhile challenge knowing we’re fundraising to support people with cerebral palsy.

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More Interest Rate Hikes As The Economy Slows 

While there remains clear evidence of the economy slowing, Stephen Koukoulas, Zagga’s Economist ‘in residence’, also acknowledges the positive trends currently coming to light: “House prices are… stronger, being in the early stages of a cyclical upturn with a surge in demand for housing coming from sharply higher immigration and supply being constrained by low levels of new dwelling construction.”

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Population Boom Fuels A House Price Rebound

House prices are rising. This has a range of important implications particularly when it comes to the cost effectiveness of new construction and the medium term outlook for the dwelling sector. If what we are seeing on house prices is the early stages of a price uplift, even of moderate proportions, the incentives for builders moves in favour of new construction.

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Zagga ESG Roundtable

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations have become increasingly important in the investment industry over the past few years. To try and better understand the

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SMSFs must increase debt exposures

A lack of diversification and limited exposure to debt-based products was constraining the portfolios of Australian SMSF trustees and a new approach to income investments was needed, according to marketplace lender Zagga.

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