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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…

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Australia is hardly synonymous with high rates of crime. In fact, a recent survey showed more than 2 million of us leave our doors unlocked. That said, this is no reason to be complacent when purchasing a property. One in five Australian homes will be robbed at some point. As recently as 2015, Australia had…

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A fundamental issue in any negotiation is who should make the first offer. Is it true that the person who speaks first is disadvantaged or should you be the first to open the negotiation dialogue? By Matthew Shepherd, University of Technology, Sydney We all negotiate every day. Whether you’re discussing dinner options, seeking a pay…

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It’s easy to scorn the gentrifying hipster stereotype, but many inner-city neighbourhoods benefit from the distinctive mix of businesses and activities they pursue – so why should the suburbs miss out? Writes … Peter Walters, The University of Queensland One of the stark differences between neighbourhoods in the inner city and outer suburbs in Australia…

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The Conversation has assembled a forecasting team of 19 academic economists from 12 universities across six states – together, they assign a 25% probabiility to a recession within two years, writes … Peter Martin, The Conversation The Australian economy will remain healthy for long enough to enable the government to claim it as a strength…