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Josh Frydenberg wants to leave mortgage broker commissions unchanged for three years – it’s hard to see why, writes … Richard Holden, UNSW What a backdown. On Tuesday, with all the grace he could muster, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg declared that he wouldn’t be implementing as many of the banking royal commission recommendations as he had…

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Australia is in an economic slowdown. How bad will it get? Some say economic warning bells are already ringing, but in a recent Oliver’s Insight, Shane Oliver — Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital — talks about the risk of recession in Australia’s economy and the sources to overcome this potential…

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In a recent Oliver’s Insight, Shane Oliver — Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital — explains why Australian growth continues to slow. He says that much has been made of Australia’s nearly 28 years without a recession. Despite many seeing recession as inevitable in response to the 1997 Asian crisis, the 2000-2003…

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Population growth in Australia is a problem mainly because of the lack of a coherent national policy to manage it – the focus needs to be on maintaining quality of life through sustainable growth, writes … Liz Allen, Australian National University This is part of a major series called Advancing Australia, in which leading academics…

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You may have considered it while piling the shopping bags on top of a cramped and dated kitchen bench, or perhaps it crossed your mind after a dog and a baby came along. Whatever the reason, if your abode feels too humble, now is the time to take action. Benefits of renovating Renovations are soaring…

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Owning real estate has long been the Australian dream – and our national pastime. One in five Australians own an investment property and popular culture is jammed with people buying, selling, renovating and decorating. But in the frenzy for the quarter acre, self-directed investors often overlook an asset class that provides similar returns with less…