Weekend reads – must see articles from the last week

There are more interesting articles, commentaries and analyst reports on the Web every week than anyone could read in a month.

Each Saturday morning I like to share some of the ones I’ve read during the week.

Monday will be here before you know it, so enjoy some weekend reading…and please forward to your friends by clicking the social link buttons.

Brushing your teeth has an unexpected benefit to mental health

We all know that brushing our teeth is crucial in preventing cavities, keeping our gums healthy and shinning a pearly white smile.

But according to an article in PsyBlog there’s more to brushing our teeth than we think.8074337_l

Failing to brush your teeth may cause more than just gum disease and tooth loss…

Brushing your teeth regularly could reduce the risk of dementia by more than one-quarter, new research finds.

People with fewer than 20 teeth are 26% more likely to develop cognitive problems that could lead to Alzheimer’s.

It is thought that chewing increases the blood-flow to the brain, thereby improving memory.

The research — a ‘systematic review’ — involved pulling together the results from 10 previous studies on the link between oral health and dementia.

One recent study followed 59 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

It found that gum disease was linked to a six-fold increase in the rate of cognitive decline.

Find the full article here

Crazy rules make Andrew Winter wild + 2 unusual markets tipped to be big improvers

Another great Real Estate Talk show produced by Kevin Turner.

In this show:

  • Michael Yardney shares some of his ‘quieter moment’ lessons with us. Things he has learned from his experience of many years of successful investing.
  • Amy Mylius from Cate Bakos Buyers Advocates, takes us through some areas she sees buyers falter in their due diligence.
  • Andrew Winter star of Selling Houses Australia expresses his frustration at the many varied rules that are applied to buying and selling real estate in Australia
  • Bessie Hassan from looks at the problem of low interest rates and burgeoning property prices, resulting in buyers borrowing more.
  • Emily Power is one of the 30 something young people who has come to terms with her bad relationship with money management and turned it around as she is saving a deposit for her first property purchase.
  • Simon Pressley from Propertyology is discussing why he in investing in Brisbane and Hobart right now.

If you don’t already subscribe to this excellent weekly Internet based radio show do so now by clicking here.

8 year high for business conditions

There has certainly been a strong improvement in business conditions according the latest blog from Pete Wargent.

Well, it’s been quite some week for long shots!

First up the 5000 to 1 outsiders Leicester City all but wrapped up the English Premier League title, in the process seeing off the likes of wildly wealthy clubs including Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottehnam Hotspur, despite the Foxes being home to an entire squad built on a proverbial shoestring.

Then a bloke from Rotherham that nobody had heard of tore up the US Masters to win a major golf tournament on the final day (the broad Sheffield accents adorning the 18th tea, the purest of unscripted comedy).

And then last but not least, an absolute ripsnorter of a NAB Business Survey showed business conditions continuing to rise to their equal highest level in eight years since the financial crisis.


Source: National Australia Bank

The reading of +12 was massively higher than the long run average of +5, in the words of one prominent but here unnamed analyst, “as strong as feck”.

Read the full article here

One in 10 investors unable to obtain finance, says bank

When starting out on your property journey there are two crucial elements – to save your deposit and receive approval on finance.

Bur according to a recent article in Smart Property Investment obtaining finance may be harder than ever.

A new report has revealed the extent to which regulatory requirements and tighter mortgage lending standards have shackled value ratio percent property bank lend money

The J.P. Morgan Australian Mortgage Industry Report, released last month, revealed that up to 10 per cent of investors are now unable to obtain the finance they need to continue acquiring property.

The report noted that the proportion of investors who are intending to transact in the next 12 months is decreasing, largely due to their inability to obtain finance.

According to Martin North, principal of Digital Finance Analytics and co-author of the report, investors are still active in the marketplace, but they are doing “somewhat different things than perhaps what they were doing previously”.

Click here for the full article

Why interest rates are unlikely to change

2016 is certainly set to be an eventful year in politics.

But despite any possible upcoming changes, interest rates are set to remain steady according to an article on

An earlier than expected Budget followed by a possible July 2 election will do little to change the Reserve Bank’s hold-steady pattern on interest rates.

The cash rate is predicted to stay at 2% in April, despite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull preparing for a potential double-dissolution election.

With inflation at 2.1% and unemployment at 5.8% , economic factors are in favour of rates staying on hold.

The only exception to this would be an increasing Australian dollar, says Bankwest’s chief economist Alan Langford.

“The one thing that could force its hand would be if the Australian dollar continues to rise much further and threatens to go towards 80 cents,” he says.

“That would be the main driver in my opinion, but I’m not sure if it would come soon enough for next month.”

Click here for the full article

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