There is a fierce debate about housing prices in Australia, with the arguments ranging from property prices being wildly overvalued through to supply merely catching up with demand.

The Reserve Bank has been conservative in their commentary, and their biannual Financial Stability Review outlined a more nuanced picture of the housing market.

The key table is below, and it shows that most housing investor debt is owed by high-income households with the ability to service their payments when property price growth moderates.

Property investor debt by income quintile The Australian Financial Review/Edmund Tadros

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TROPICAL Cyclone Yasi has caused widespread damage and personal loss to Far North Queensland but the overall economic impact for the year is expected to be limited, experts say.

While the insurance industry says it is still too early to have an accurate picture of full impact of Yasi, Commonwealth Bank commodity strategist Luke Mathews said the economic impact was likely to be relatively contained.

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Earlier economic reports:

February 02, 2011: Egyptian unrest to hit petrol prices

January 7, 2011: For 2011, beware of debt and rising rates

September 22, 2010: Dollar surges to fresh 25-month high

May 13, 2010: Jobless rate increases to 5.3pc

More unemployment: April, 2010, March, 2010, February, 2010, December, 2009, November, 2009, October, 2009

April 6, 2010: Reserve Bank hikes its official cash rate to 4.25pc

More interest rates: March, 2010, February, 2010, November, 2009, October, 2009