Reasons why early estate planning is crucial

11 April

Estate planning is an essential yet often overlooked aspect of financial planning. For many Australians, it is seen as something to be dealt with later in life, if at all.   However, estate planning should begin as early as possible to ensure a...[Read More]

Reserve Bank’s shift to neutral likely to be reinforced

3 April

With less than six weeks to go before the next Reserve Bank of Australia decision on interest rates, borrowers are about to get more signals on what it might do next. The central bank has left the key cash rate unchanged at 4.35 per cent following...[Read More]

Life insurance myths dispelled

11 April

Here we dispel some common myths about life insurance to help you make informed decisions about your cover.   Myth # 1 – Life insurance companies don’t pay claims   There’s a common perception that life insurance companies will do...[Read More]

Six-hour exercise window linked to better health

11 April

There’s mounting evidence exercising for short bouts during the evening is linked to better health. A University of Sydney study has found obese people who exercise between 6pm and midnight have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease...[Read More]

Caravan lifestyle in Australia

11 April

A rising number of Australians are searching for alternative life experiences that provide them with a sense of independence from city life and a connection to nature.   Caravan living can be for you if you’re looking for new experiences or wish...[Read More]

Tradie shortage for bid to build 1.2m homes

10 April

Australia is forecast to fall well short of a landmark national goal to build 1.2 million homes in five years. Building and construction industry forecasts released on Tuesday estimated about 1.09 million new homes would be started in five years...[Read More]

Building costs ease as demand for construction slows

11 April

Builders and tradies have been battling fast-rising prices for materials and labour but data suggests price growth is slowing. The slowdown in new construction, with dwelling approvals trending below average, has helped dampen growth in costs,...[Read More]

Jobs bright spot for consumers as economy teeters

11 April

Consumers remain upbeat about their jobs prospects even as the weakening economy is prompting households to tighten belts. The latest round of consumer surveys from Westpac and Melbourne Institute recorded a deeper dive into pessimism in April...[Read More]

Volkswagen to test car tech to make kangaroos go jump

10 April

A device designed to prevent kangaroos from jumping in front of vehicles will be tested with moving cars after after receiving approval from a university. The RooBadge device, developed by Volkswagen Australia and the DDB Group in consultation with...[Read More]

NASA to take Aussie plants from the Torrens to the moon

10 April

A diminutive Australian water weed will be one of the first plants grown by humans on the surface of the moon. Researchers from La Trobe University and the University of Adelaide are among a group of scientists that will send duckweed, an aquatic...[Read More]

Tips on how to travel on a budget

4 April

When wanderlust beckons, it’s easy to dream of jet-setting to exotic locations. However, those dreams could be held back by budgetary constraints.   The good news? Budget travel — because going on a holiday out of town doesn’t have to break...[Read More]

What is ethical investing and how to do it

4 April

Investing is typically perceived as a wealthy-only pastime with no regard for the environment or social issues. However, that is not always the case, and the old mindset of making money for its own sake doesn’t need to stay.   People have become...[Read More]

Social media news removal an ‘abrogation’ of duty

4 April

The plan to start removing traditional media outlets’ news feeds from Facebook and Instagram as of this month was “simply unconscionable”, a government minister said. The decision by Meta, which owns the platforms, to no longer enter deals to...[Read More]

Stronger data protections for voluntary digital IDs

3 April

A single digital ID will make it easier for Australians to verify their identity online and reduce the risk of privacy breaches, a minister says, as new laws clear a major hurdle. Legislation to set up a digital ID scheme passed the Senate on...[Read More]

Reserve Bank shelves formal rate hike talk

3 April

No other option aside from keeping interest rates on hold was formally entertained at the Reserve Bank of Australia’s last interest rate meeting. The decision to leave interest rates untouched at 4.35 per cent was widely expected at the meeting...[Read More]