- Jobs have wearied the aged worker
Encouraging employment figures out of the US are boosting confidence but they mask a deeper issue in the job market, older workers, both in the US and Australia, are giving the game away.
- Can Australia survive Treasurer Hockey?
Despite having ‘Marvellous Malcolm’ in the wings, Joe Hockey will hold the treasurership in an Abbott-led government. It’s a reign his many detractors dread.
- Selling the farm
The recent purchase of Cubby Station by foreign interests clearly illuminates just who is gaining control of Australian agricultural production.
- The Murray-Darling dilemma
Just who is driving the Murray-Darling plan? Is it the States, the agriculturalists, bureaucrats or environmentalists? Or is no one is at the wheel?
- Is high frequency trading affecting financial market stability?
High frequency trading is high speed computer controlled share trading that happens seemingly often beyond the control of its creators. We look at the world of flash trading and dark pools.
- The forbidden history of terrible taxes
Topher takes a look at taxes old and new and answer some basic questions about tax in Australia today. Questions like ‘how much tax do we pay?’ and ‘where does that money go?’
- What makes a good CEO
The CEO Magazine recently identified and awarded the top executives in Australia. Yet interestingly they were not the “usual suspects”. We look at what makes a great Aussie CEO.
- How much is your life worth
You value your life, the government has a value for it and if someone wanted to take it, it has another value again. So just how much is a life actually worth in cold hard cash?
- Self-managed super storm brews over Canberra
The government’s planned super reforms target about 30 per cent of the self-managed super movement. If Julia Gillard isn’t careful she may, via accountants, unleash a voting force capable of wiping her out in September.
- Cash rate unchanged at 3.0 per cent
In a not unexpected move the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has held the official cash rate at three per cent.
- Li Na serves Australia a tourism Grand Slam
Only recently Melbourne stood to lose the Asia Pacific Grand Slam to Shanghai, but Li Na’s imminent appearance in the women’s final is about to vindicate the $400 million invested to keep the event in Australia, big time.
- Swan’s lost surplus was more than a fetish
Labor’s surplus backpeddling underscores a lack of gumption in both parties as they fail to protect budget revenue from the risks that lie ahead.
- Banks face Macquarie’s mortgage tinderbox
As Macquarie replaces investment banking games with a heavy thrust into home mortgage lending, the majors may be forced to take another look at overseas funds.
- Income protection is bleeding insurers
Income protection is bleeding life insurers, as changes in consumer behaviour, attitudes to mental illness and a struggling economy squeeze profit margins. The effects are expected to be profound.
- What to do about the US currency war
The US has blatantly left Australia with a choice between inflation and an uncompetitive export sector. What to do? Well, we should put our high dollar to good long-term use.
- Cash rate falls to 3 per cent
As many commentators expected, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Board has decided to reduce the cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.0 per cent.
- The RBA’s shameful 2012
With the exception of May-June, the Reserve Bank has been behind the eight ball all year. Our hollowed out economy is paying the price and, with a timid cut expected today, will continue to do so well into 2013.
- US elections: The tribe has spoken
The US elections have returned the status quo: Barack Obama remains as President; the Democrats retain their majority in the Senate and the Republicans still control the House.
- Traffic overload
If you have ever though the traffic seems heavier every year you’re not mistaken. It’s a simple fact that there are more cars registered each year than are decommissioned. And the numbers are alarming.
- Illegal workers in Australia
There may be up to 100,000 people living and working in Australia illegally. And it is an issue that is much greater than just students working outside their visa conditions.
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