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Weekly economic update: Amazon has lifted its wages, but the implications aren’t as good as you might think
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Weekly economic update: Amazon has lifted its wages, but the implications aren’t as good as you might think

Australia’s unemployment rate may have to fall much more before we see any wages growth, writes… Richard Holden, UNSW Amazon has just voluntarily raised its employees’ minimum wage to US$15 an hour. Retail giant Costco has moved to US$14. This might not sound like a lot – and it is sure not a lot to…

Melbourne or Sydney? This is how our two biggest cities compare for liveability
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Melbourne or Sydney? This is how our two biggest cities compare for liveability

Every year, our big cities vie for global liveability honours – but as well as differences between the cities, liveability varies widely within them, leaving plenty of work to be done, writes… Lucy Gunn, RMIT University; Billie Giles-Corti, RMIT University; Julianna Rozek, RMIT University, and Melanie Davern, RMIT University The question of which city is…

10 tips to reduce your property develop planning risk
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10 tips to reduce your property develop planning risk

If your next property development project pushes the development envelope and is likely to run into objections and planning concerns, you need to understand how to reduce risk. Investment in residential property is one of several options for long-term financial gain.   It has advantages over other forms of investment including relative stability over time,…

Aussie parents are delaying retirement to help kids buy first home
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Aussie parents are delaying retirement to help kids buy first home

Australian parents are willing to do it tough, so their children (and grandchildren) can get a foot on the hard-to-reach property ladder, a new survey has shown. From delaying retirement, sacrificing luxuries such as a new car or a holiday, to dipping into their savings, parents are making both personal and financial sacrifices.  The ‘2018…

Five charts to keep an eye on regarding the global economy
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Five charts to keep an eye on regarding the global economy

In a recent Oliver’s Insight, Shane Oliver — Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital — answers the question whether a recession is imminent or not in the US, and more broadly globally, is critically important in terms of whether a major bear market in shares is on the way. He says…

Weekly economic update: The GFC and me. Ten years on, what have we learned?
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Weekly economic update: The GFC and me. Ten years on, what have we learned?

The debate ought to be about whether we should have spent big. It was good that we did. But we need to “reload” and get the financial system under control, writes… A little more than a decade on from the the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the largest bankruptcy in history, many of the world’s advanced…

Seven lessons from the Global Financial Crisis for investors
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Seven lessons from the Global Financial Crisis for investors

It’s now 10 years since the Global Financial crisis. In a recent Oliver’s Insight, Shane Oliver — Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital — reminds us what the GFC was all about.  He also shares 7 lessons investors should learn from the worst Global recession we’ve had in almost a century…

What should buyers of a house be told about it?
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What should buyers of a house be told about it?

It’s still mostly a case of ‘buyer beware’ when it comes to finding out about a property – but many buyers feel they should be told if, for example, it was the scene of a violent murder, writes… Patricia Lane, University of Sydney Buying a house is probably one of the most important purchases a…

Weekly economic update: When cutting interest rates might not help
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Weekly economic update: When cutting interest rates might not help

It is thought that it doesn’t help much to cut official interest rates toward or beyond zero, and maybe it doesn’t, but new research suggests the answer has a lot to do with the housing market, writes … Richard Holden, UNSW There’s a meme around official interest rates since the financial crisis, and it goes…

Five things you need to know about the Australian economy
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Five things you need to know about the Australian economy

Here’s 5 things you should know about what’s happening to the Australian economy. In a recent Oliver’s Insight, Dr. Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital, explains why the combination of a slowing housing cycle, constraints on consumer spending and still subdued business investment will likely see growth slow going forward…