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How to reduce the cost of your home insurance
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How to reduce the cost of your home insurance

Home insurance is unfortunately one of those financial products with a reputation for being a bit “exxy”.  However, what most people don’t realise is that an insurance policy is a small price to pay in order to avoid dealing with far more expensive costs later on. That being said, it’s easy to fall into the…

Three reasons not to worry about the stock market ‘crash’
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Three reasons not to worry about the stock market ‘crash’

The Dow Jones is on a rollercoaster – But don’t panic, writes… Arturo Bris, IMD Business School We have been talking about this for the last 12 months: when will financial markets realise that the amazing performance of 2017 was not sustainable? When will stock markets adjust?   Are we approaching the next big market crash?…

What the Coincheck hack tells us about how Australian regulators will handle a cryptocurrency hack
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What the Coincheck hack tells us about how Australian regulators will handle a cryptocurrency hack

Australian regulators face similar problems as their Australian counterparts in getting cryptocurrency platforms to regulate and prosecuting them when things go wrong, writes… Philippa Ryan, University of Technology Sydney New risk rules for cryptocurrency exchanges will be put to the test with the latest hack on Japanese exchange Coincheck. Hackers stole US$660 million worth of…

Cut your insurance costs this year
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Cut your insurance costs this year

We’re now in the middle of January 2018, which means that all of your “I’m going to save $X this year” and “I’m going to cut costs” resolutions should be in full flight. New year, new you, right?  Well, the reality is that New Year’s Day doesn’t just magically make things happen with little to…

Get yer hand off it, mate, Australian slang is not dying
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Get yer hand off it, mate, Australian slang is not dying

Every few years there’s a furphy that our beloved ‘Strine’ slang is doing a Harold Holt – but in fact Aussies are still slinging true-blue slang writes… Kate Burridge, Monash University and Howard Manns, Monash University Aussie slang such as ‘budgie’, ‘greenie’, ‘pollie’, ‘surfie’, and even ‘mozzie’ are now also making appearances in global English. …

What is risk in investing?
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What is risk in investing?

Risk in investing means a lot of things to different people. This could be the risk of capital loss; the risk of not having enough investment income or the risk of not having enough to last through retirement. In an Oliver’s Insight, Dr. Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital, discusses the role that risk plays in…

Why every generation feels entitled
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Why every generation feels entitled

Beyond debates about the avocado smash generation lies some misnomers on which generation had it better, writes… John Daley, Grattan Institute and Brendan Coates, Grattan Institute It’s a time-honoured tradition for older and younger generations of Australians to argue about whether government is treating them fairly.   Our report Age of Entitlement, released last month,…