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Economy adds 74,500 full-time jobs in March!
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Economy adds 74,500 full-time jobs in March!

Employment jumps. Not a header you expect to see too often! A number of indicators have pointed towards a gradually improving economy, including business conditions at 9-year highs and stronger jobs vacancies figures.  The odd survey out had been the ABS Labour Force release, which has been reporting soft figures for employment growth. This conundrum…

The top 9 property blogs and websites -  worldwide
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The top 9 property blogs and websites – worldwide

Want to find the best property blogs around? Well…if you’re interested in real estate there are thousands of websites you could visit, hundreds of property investment blogs you can subscribe to and tons of sites offering property investment news or property investment advice. Of course, the only way to succeed as a property investor is to stay…

Budget explainer: the federal-state battle for funding
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Budget explainer: the federal-state battle for funding

The reason for the constant struggle for funding between the states and federal government relates back to the constitution, writes… Adam Webster, University of Oxford There seems to be an ever present struggle for a share of the revenue government collects, not only between states but also between the different levels of government. In each…

Consumer confidence drops again this week
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Consumer confidence drops again this week

Australians are becoming less confident about  their financial futures. This has not been helped by all the talk about housing affordability (or lack thereof),  the media’s negative talk about the Melbourne and Sydney property markets and all the turmoil going on in the world.  This week The headline ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence fell 1.9%…

Goal posts move on interest-only loans
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Goal posts move on interest-only loans

In his column for Switzer, John McGrath discusses potential changes to new home loans. The goal posts for residential lending have moved again, with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) now asking the banks to limit the number of new loans issued to both investors and owner occupiers on interest only terms to 30% of all new…

Here’s how superannuation is already financing homes
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Here’s how superannuation is already financing homes

What critics of the plan to use superannuation for housing miss is that Australia’s super system already channels a significant proportion of retirement savings into housing, writes… James Giesecke, Victoria University and Jason Nassios, Victoria University The federal government is split on whether first home buyers in Australia should be allowed to use part of…

Defeating Your Inner Zombie
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Defeating Your Inner Zombie

Zombies are all the rage it seems. What makes a zombie a zombie? Zombies have no self-awareness. They are driven only by unconscious, instinctual behavior. They are on autopilot, oblivious to their surroundings. They are non-thinking beings, curious about nothing. Zombies do not think about their actions, the thoughts they’re thinking or the decisions they…

16 Robert Kiyosaki quotes on wealth
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16 Robert Kiyosaki quotes on wealth

Robert Kiyosaki has published a heap of books on becoming wealthy.  His Rich Dad Poor Dad book changed the way many of us think about money, a job and security. While many of his property strategies don’t work in Australia his financial philosophy must be admired as it has impacted people in all corners of…

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