Home owners plough cash into mortgages during lockdown (AFR)

Voluntary payments into mortgages more than doubled in July, August and September from the previous 12 months, data from non-bank lender Firstmac shows, raising the question whether consumers will save, rather than spend, extra cash handed to them in last week's budget.

Firstmac's analysis of its direct retail mortgage book shows the level of additional payments made by borrowers jumped to an average 10.2 per cent of the portfolio in the past three months, compared with the monthly average payment of 4.8 per cent last year.

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Aussie Government QE kicks off (LiveWire Markets)

The Australian government has initiated its part of a coordinated quantitative easing (QE) program that was announced by the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, on 19 March. This is a big deal.

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