Australian Real Estate, COVID19 Projections, and more – Data Additions Highlight

This collection of charts highlights some of the series that our team found interesting from a much longer list of data that’s been added to the Macrobond database in the past 2 weeks.

 

Australian Rents by Region

If you follow real estate data, you’re aware that Australia is one of the countries that has experienced significant asset inflation in the real estate market. Real house prices have been through the roof since the early 1990s, and indeed to such an extent that many analysts have called it a huge financial bubble, albeit one that has been very reluctant to pop.

We recently added rental data on an extremely granular level for the Queensland housing market.

The chart below shows median weekly rents for Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine coast for both 2 bedroom flats and 2 bedroom townhouses. As one can see, rents have also been increasing over the last decade, probably to a lesser extent than house prices, thus casting some doubt on the financial bubble hypothesis.



COVID-19 Projections

The following chart displays the reproduction number (R) for the Corona Virus in Belgium estimated by Sciensano. As one can see in the projections, the median value has been hovering in between 1 and 1.5 in recent weeks, meaning that Corona Virus cases in Belgium are rising again.

Similarly, R for Germany has also been trending upward slightly and is now above 1. However, the estimated number of new cases is extremely low compared to the end of March when the virus was spreading rapidly. Regardless, as some new local infection hotspots show, the danger from the pandemic is far from over, even in countries that handled the health crisis reasonably well.



High-Frequency Macro Indicators

The following chart shows the advance turnover tax return of non-financial businesses from the German Statistical Office, another high frequency macro indicator that shows the unprecedented decline in economic activity that took place in recent months.  

The pandemic also had a severe effect on global travel and tourism, which has come to an almost complete halt in some regions of the world. In this chart, we can see that overnight visitors in Hong Kong has plummeted from about 2 million last year to just a few thousand.  



Renewable Energy Consumption in the US

The following chart shows the advance turnover tax return of non-financial businesses from the German Statistical Office, another high frequency macro indicator that shows the unprecedented decline in economic activity that took place in recent months.  



Granular US Population Data

We added total population by age group for every single age year for men and women.

In the graph below, I split up the different ages into three groups, below age 26, from age 26 to 65, and above age 65 for both men and women.

As one can see, the US population has also been continuously ageing with the last group increasing significantly (and disproportionately) in size relative to total population.

Also of interest is that the share of people over 90 has increased to almost 1% from 0.3% in the 1980s.

For more exciting data additions, check out the comprehensive list below.

 

Data Additions by Country / Region

 

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