Staying off the grid longer in your caravan

4 July

One of the best things about Australia is that it offers avid caravanners plenty of opportunities to live off the grid and be one with nature. And with so many camping spots in the country, you might even be lucky enough to find an inexpensive or...[Read More]

The most common financial mistakes to avoid

4 July

It’s easy to make mistakes with money, especially if you’re unaware of how dire the consequences of your actions could be. Here, we’ll look at some of the most common financial mistakes people commit that frequently result in severe financial...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights – 2023-24 saw strong investment returns again – but can it continue?

4 July

Key points – 2023-24 provided another year of strong returns for investors as shares were boosted by falling inflation, central banks pivoting towards rate cuts (although is RBA is lagging) and economic conditions were better than feared. –...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 28/6/24

4 July

Share markets mostly fell over the last week. US shares were down 0.1% being buffeted by bouts of profit taking in tech stocks and Nvidia and rising election uncertainty after the presidential debate but with economic data and more news of lower...[Read More]

‘No smoking gun’ to hike rates

4 July

Australia’s central bank remains vigilant to slowing progress on inflation yet the minutes from the last interest rate meeting signal a reluctance to lift them again. In keeping with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s assertion the narrow path is...[Read More]

Retail sales rise 0.6 per cent as sales start early

4 July

An early start to end-of-financial-year sales lured in bargain-hunters last month, contributing to a larger-than-expected 0.6 per cent lift in retail sales. The monthly gain beat the 0.3 per cent month-on-month consensus forecast and followed a...[Read More]

The promise and pitfalls of Airbnb in country Australia

3 July

Airbnb is wooing country Australia with the lure of tourist dollars, but communities are being warned to be careful what they wish for amid the nation’s housing squeeze. The homestay accommodation giant is offering a toolkit for councils that...[Read More]

Tried and true plan to build homes cheaper and faster

3 July

Plans to build much-needed homes in the nation’s most expensive market will draw on an old idea to deliver houses cheaper and faster. The NSW government is taking expressions of interest for a design competition to create pattern books that are...[Read More]

Watchdog warning ends Google deal with Telstra, Optus

3 July

Australia’s two biggest telcos will be restrained from accepting further payments by Google for pre-installing software on their smartphones after a warning from the competition watchdog. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission revealed...[Read More]

Would you show Facebook your ID? The govt wants to know

3 July

Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat could be asked to participate in the Australian government’s age-assurance technology trial to assess whether it would stop teenagers from accessing social media and pornography. But communications...[Read More]

Longer life expectancy in Australia

3 July

Australians are living longer compared to 20 years ago but are spending more time battling health conditions. A flagship study run by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare also found no improvement in First Nations infant and child death...[Read More]

Life insurance is an indispensable tool for protecting yourself, your family, and your business

27 June

Insurance is an essential financial tool that provides a safety net for individuals, their families, and their businesses. It offers protection and peace of mind by ensuring financial stability in the face of unexpected circumstances. Whether it’s...[Read More]

Some useful tips to grow your superannuation

27 June

Retirement is a period most people eagerly anticipate. It’s that wonderful stage of life when you can finally unwind and spend your time as you please. You can even spend retirement focusing on the businesses you’ve been planning and have put...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 21/6/24

27 June

Share markets were mixed over the last week. US shares pushed higher helped by tech and AI optimism and despite a bit of profit taking at the end of the week rose 0.6%. Eurozone shares rose 1.1% recovering some of their losses from the week before...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights The 9 most important things I have learned about investing over 40 years

27 June

Key points – My nine most important lessons from investing over the past 40 years are: there is always a cycle; the crowd gets it wrong at extremes; what you pay for an investment matters a lot; it’s hard to get markets right; investment...[Read More]