Oliver’s insights – investment outlook Q&A

15 February

Recession risks, rates and inflation, valuations, geopolitics, the US election and Swiftonomics   Key points – Rate hikes have worked in helping slow inflation and rate cuts are likely this year. Expect a bumpy ride though. – The risk of...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 09/02/24

15 February

Global share markets rose over the last week. For the week the US S&P 500 rose 1.4% taking it above 5000 for the first time supported by ongoing confidence in a “goldilocks” landing for the US economy and strong earnings results. Eurozone...[Read More]

Treasury eyes ‘rare’ full employment opportunity

15 February

Australia has a chance to keep the gains in the jobs market generated by the pandemic recovery, Treasury says, provided it plays its cards right. “With the right policy choices, there remains a rare opportunity to sustain the economy closer to...[Read More]

Health technology cracks code for patients and profits

14 February

Health technology breakthroughs are bringing more jobs, a more advanced health system and better outcomes for patients, according to Assistant Minister for Health Ged Kearney. Some 56 new full-time jobs have been created for every $1 million of...[Read More]

Sydney faces future as ‘city with no grandchildren’

14 February

Sydney is on track to be “the city with no grandchildren” as height restrictions and high housing costs drive young families to the regions and interstate. NSW Productivity Commission research found the state capital lost twice as many people...[Read More]

Housing boom needs to mirror post-war action

14 February

The building boom needed to fix the current housing crisis would be similar to the scale of construction required at the end of World War II, the NSW planning minister says. The Minns Labor government has been spruiking major proposed changes to...[Read More]

Roses still rule in race for Valentine’s hearts

14 February

Flower growers and florists are preparing to send a quarter of a million roses into Australian hearts and homes this Valentine’s Day, and that’s just in the nation’s most populous state. Growers and wholesalers take months to prepare for the...[Read More]

Our love for Hobbies: The Key to Well-Being and Fulfillment

8 February

Engaging in hobbies and pursuing activities you love is a universally beneficial practice, whether you’re in Australia or the UK. These two regions, despite their geographical distance, share a common appreciation for the positive impact of...[Read More]

Understanding the five key areas of personal finances

8 February

When it comes to managing your money, it’s crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of the five key areas of personal finance: income, spending, saving, investing, and protection. Mastering these elements can be the difference between...[Read More]

10 benefits of Yoga and Pilates for people of all ages

8 February

Yoga and Pilates offer numerous benefits for people of all ages, including those leading into and during retirement.   Improved Flexibility: Both Yoga and Pilates involve stretching exercises that can help improve flexibility. This is particularly...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights – 05/02/24

8 February

Key points – The Australian Government’s changes to the Stage 3 tax cuts have refocussed attention on the need for tax reform. – The Australian tax system has five key problems: it’s heavily reliant on income tax; it’s complicated by...[Read More]

Low income earners to benefit from Medicare levy change

8 February

Low-income earners will receive a tax boost with the Medicare levy threshold set to rise. Laws introduced to federal parliament will see the income threshold at which taxpayers need to pay a two per cent Medicare levy increase by 7.1 per cent, in...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 02/02/24

8 February

Share markets were supported over the last week by good economic data, solid US earnings results and ongoing signs that central banks are moving towards rate cuts albeit they are pushing back against imminent moves. For the week US shares rose...[Read More]

‘Nothing’s in, nothing’s out’: RBA keeps options open

8 February

Reserve Bank governor Michele Bullock is keeping her options open on interest rate movements both up and down and remains alert to economic risks on the horizon. “Nothing’s in, nothing’s out,” Ms Bullock said during the first-ever...[Read More]

Living pressures ease for employee households

8 February

Working families are still under acute financial pressure but fewer cash rate hikes of late has tempered growth in their overall living costs. In the 12 months to the December quarter, living costs rose 6.9 per cent for employee households, down...[Read More]