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As the war in Ukraine unfolds, not surprisingly global uncertainty has surged according to the latest World Uncertainty Index from the IMF. Of course, this increased uncertainty is a bad sign for global economic growth. IMF research finds that such increases foreshadow significant economic output declines, and based on its estimates, the rise in uncertainty…

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Real unemployment in Australia is far higher than claimed by the ABS, and high under-employment  is keeping a lid on the wage growth  according to Roy Morgan Research The latest employment estimates for March 2022 show that although unemployment in Australia has come down to its lowest level since the pandemic began just over two…

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Australia’s population is projected to grow to over 50 million people by 2101. This will have enormous implications for the country’s long-term infrastructure planning and prized livability, particularly in the capital cities where most growth is occurring. Our recently published research examined ways we can start planning for this doubling of our population now, while…

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We know we are ABS reported unemployment rate is hovering around 4% and is likely to keep falling further. But what’s the real unemployment rate in Australia? According to Roy Morgan’s latest figures unemployment drops to 7.8% in March; its lowest since the pandemic began. Now this doesn’t surprise me, Roy Morgan’s figures are always…

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Among the many explanations put forward for soaring home prices, one we hear repeatedly is zoning — the regulations that govern the purposes for which land can be used, including how densely people can be housed in different locations. The real estate industry says if only we relaxed the zoning rules and allowed more houses…

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Where does the world’s ultra-wealthy population live? The pandemic, geopolitical tensions, and supply chain disruptions have thrown the world into disarray in recent years, but that hasn’t stopped the world’s ultra-wealthy population from growing at a strong clip. New data from this year’s Wealth Report by Knight Frank shows that the number of Ultra-High Net…

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Something extraordinary has been happening for Australians seeking jobs in the past few months. The number of vacant jobs on offer has soared to a new all-time high. Figures released in budget week show there were almost twice as many jobs available in February this year – 423,500 – as in February 2020, before COVID…

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