I must admit last weekend I became really annoyed at the release of US job figures where 260,000 jobs were created in November and unemployment dropped to 3.5 per cent… the lowest since 1969. I was annoyed because I wondered why Australia can’t get its unemployment rate down to that level… we seem to be…

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An investigation into the places in Sydney and Melbourne where people hold onto their properties for a long time has given new meaning to the meaning “exclusive suburb”. RiskWise Property Research has found the five suburbs in both capitals where people hang onto their homes for at least 20 years and whether upmarket or The…

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Hey gang, get up to speed on this week’s financial trends with my market updates. My head is spinning from the amount of information that has come out this week. But it is giving us a great snapshot of where we’re at… and leaves a few question marks as well. So let me give you…

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Surging property values in Sydney and Melbourne during November, along with a housing rebound in Perth, has delivered the biggest increase in national house prices in 16 years. Sydney and Melbourne property prices rose 2.7% and 2.2% respectively in November  Those increases, along with Perth rebounding, led to the biggest monthly jump in national house…

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Hey gang, get up to speed on this week’s financial trends with my market updates. A lot happening this week when it comes to the future of your money. As you all know I’m a natural optimist and I have been very positive about the economy. I still am… buuuttt, I must admit I’m a…

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The growing problem of phone scams is expected to cost Australians more $500 million this year, to the government and regulators are moving to block popular ones and push telcos to ramp up efforts to combat them. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has been reviewing the problem for 18 months and this week…

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Australia’s two biggest property markets, Sydney and Melbourne, are projected to hit new peaks by the end of 2020 that could see regulatory authorities reintroduce measures to calm an overheated market, according to RiskWise Property Research. While the market has been subdued for around two years, the Reserve Bank’s interest rate cuts and relaxed lending…

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Hey gang, get up to speed on this week’s financial trends with my market updates. A wild ride on the Australian sharemarket this week. We got so close to a record high last week and have pulled back over the last 5 days…we’re one of the few western sharemarkets which hasn’t broken through previous record…

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Hey gang, get up to speed on this week’s financial trends with my market updates. Economic Snapshot – the unemployment rate rose from 5.2 to 5.3 per cent in October. – for the first time in 17 months employment dropped… by 19,000 jobs in October after lifting by 12,500 in September. Full-time jobs fell by…

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What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a mortgage application? Piles of paperwork? Death by documentation? What if you could get approved for a home loan in a matter of hours without having to provide any physical documents? Yes, it is possible.  As of today, 86 400 has become…

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It’s a funny thing when you realise that your parents are old. It makes you reflect on their...

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7 ways to make extra money… fast   Everyone has a moment of financial desperation. An unexpected big...

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