Economic figures are ugly
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Economic growth figures out this week were ugly

- June 7, 2024 6 MIN READ

Leading into COVID we were on a world record-breaking run of consecutive quarters of positive economic growth. Since the lockdowns finished the Australian economy has been tough going. Economic growth figures out this week were ugly – up just 1 per cent for the quarter and just 1.1 per cent for the year. Remember, this… Read more »

Loyalty tax
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Loyalty tax: proof that loyalty does not pay

- June 7, 2024 3 MIN READ

Enough is enough. Insurance companies and banks must stop hiking premiums and prices for loyal customers, while offering better discounts for new customers. Last week, Insurance Australia Group (IAG) was hit with a class action which is alleging they’ve used computer algorithms to inflate premiums for existing loyal customers. They target customers who will most… Read more »

Immigration is needed for Australian economy
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We need immigration… the balance just needs to be right

- May 31, 2024 3 MIN READ

To keep our economy ticking along, we need to attract the right type of migrants, support their arrival with infrastructure and welcome them with opportunities. I’ll be honest, I hate the politics of immigration and the hate it can create. Apart from our First Nations peoples we are a country built on migrants. Mine arrived… Read more »

Australians are delaying retirement
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Boomers are delaying retirement because of the cost of living

- May 31, 2024 3 MIN READ

More than a third of working Australians are planning on delaying retirement due to the rising cost of living. The intergenerational war has never been more heated as the Baby Boomer generation are accused of everything from inflating house prices, increasing inflation and living a privileged lifestyle they supposedly don’t deserve. And the accusers are… Read more »

Cost of living crisis means Australians aren't spending
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Australian consumers continue to watch every dollar

- May 31, 2024 2 MIN READ

No wonder companies like JB Hi-Fi, Baby Bunting and Super Retail Group are warning investors of a slowdown in sales. April retail trade figures were really weak – up just 0.1 per cent for the month, or half what economists were expecting. It follows a fall of 0.4 per cent in March, so there are… Read more »

What you can do to ease into retirement
Your Life

13 essential steps to ease into retirement

- May 24, 2024 3 MIN READ

Retirement is one of life’s great crossroads. It is an exciting and challenging period where most people take stock of their lives. For some retirement is a joy, for others it is a time of worry. So here are some good tips on how to make the change as smooth as possible and hopefully give… Read more »