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Early in the election campaign, on April 14, we learned that Australia’s unemployment rate had slipped below 4% in March, to 3.95% – the lowest rate in 48 years. But the Coalition was denied the bragging rights that would flow from an unemployment rate beginning with “3” because of a Bureau of Statistics convention of…

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Every three months the Bureau of Statistics releases the lesser-known cousin of the consumer price index. It’s called the Wage Price Index (WPI) and it records changes in the overall level of wages, in the same way, the price index records changes in the overall level of consumer prices. Rarely does it generate headlines, but…

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We are used to thinking of money as notes and coins, the kind most of us hold in our wallets. But most money – in Australia it’s 96.3% – is digital, held by financial institutions and moved around via bank transfers, debit cards and credit cards. Late last year Treasurer Josh Frydenberg promised to consult…

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So, you’ve got a million dollars burning a hole in your pocket and you’re looking to put a luxury roof over your head? This infographic, using data from Knight Frank, gives you an idea of where in the world you’ll get the most square meters for your lavish outlay. For those of us with enough funds to…

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Have you invested in Crypto yet? The latest Roy Morgan research into Australians’ investments shows that 5%, or over 1 million Australians aged 18+, now own at least one cryptocurrency. Leading cryptocurrencies include the well-known Bitcoin and Ethereum as well as more niche names such as Ripple, Cardano, Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, Solana, Binance Coin, Litecoin,…

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Wondering which countries have the highest interest rates? Well, the global economy is facing complex struggles, including inflation and the war in Ukraine. Many countries are projected to raise interest rates over the course of 2022, based on the latest research data from Visual Capitalist. Interest Rates Around the World in 2022 While the vast…

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Will Australian election campaigns result in a period of uncertainty? How does a change in government affect the investment market? These and other questions were raised and answered by Dr Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Economics and Chief Economist at AMP in his recent Insight. The Australian Federal Election The Federal political landscape…

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What really makes people happy? While countless academic researchers have tried to get to the bottom of this, the truth is, it’s a complicated question to answer. Happiness levels depend on a number of factors, including one’s financial security, perceptions of social support, feelings of personal freedom, and much more. This map pulls data from the World Happiness…

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