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Recession Indicators – Consumer Confidence is Down to 2009 Levels

The ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Rating analyses the data in the percentage of respondents (a random telephone sample of over 1,000 people) who give favourable and those who give unfavourable answers to five key questions (our answers in italics):

Q1: Would you say you and your family are better-off financially or worse off than you were at this time last year? (could have done 5 more flips if not for lockdown, but since flips give me a chunk of money each time, much the same maybe slightly better off)

Q2: This time next year, do you and your family expect to be better-off financially or worse off than you are now? (no more lockdowns and we will be better off!)

Q3: Thinking of economic conditions in New Zealand (or Australia) as a whole. In the next 12 months, do you expect we’ll have good times financially, bad times or some good and some bad? (personally I feel we as a whole are up for a rough patch with job losses, entire industries shutting down and fewer jobs available getting more applicants..)

Q4: Looking ahead, what would you say is more likely, that in New Zealand (or Australia) as a whole, we’ll have continuous good times during the next five years or so — or we’ll have bad times — or some good and some bad? ( 24 months of recovery followed by a few years of good depending on government policy? The property market seems to be more or less resilient.)

Q5: Generally, do you think now is a good time — or a bad time — for people to buy major household items? (Do you really need that 72″ flat screen TV? Personally, my only expenditure moving forward is to invest in property and my business. No toys.)

What does this all mean?

‘The net proportion of households who think it’s a good time to buy a major household item gave up another 3 points, falling to a recessionary -3%’.. The verdict is in, we are technically there but no one wants to break the news.

What Should You Do?

Since we can’t travel, don’t be tempted to buy that luxury item, watch, car, motorbike that you may not actually use. Do however increase your knowledge and investigate where you can put your money as a hedge to inflation.


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Tom Faye founded House Flipping NZ, a property investment and education business based in Auckland, New Zealand. The business provides solutions to the marketplace such as educating investors on how to find their own properties and then buy, renovate, and revalue off market properties; giving sellers the benefit of quick sales cycles without the hassle of expensive and sometimes excessive marketing campaigns.