One of my children is doing the rounds of the lenders at the moment to finance their first home and they were telling me they are being besieged by cash-back offers on home loans. There are now 29 lenders offering cashback deals of up to $4,000 for the average homeowner looking to refinance their mortgage……

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Market darling online homewares and furniture retailer, Temple and Webster was hit hard this week despite reporting revenue up 138 per cent since the start of FY21. While the company continued to benefit from a consumer shift to online shopping, the market clearly believed the stock was running a too hot. October revenue was up…

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With so much uncertainty and volatility in the lead up to the US presidential election, what are the market sectors set to benefit, and how can investors mitigate the risks? James Whelan from VFS Group Portfolio Manager and Investment Manager at Banyantree Investment Group, Zach Riaz, provided their perspective. “I think it’s still too close…

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Job vacancies rose by over 6 per cent in the latest month with gains in each state and territory. In addition, job ads are up on a year ago in half of the states and territories.  Western Australia is benefitting from its relative success in ‘flattening the Covid curve’. Six of the 15 regions with…

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Stock of the Week #1; Altium Altium launched its new cloud platform Altium 365, expanding its leadership and organisational capacity to drive growth and high performance for market dominance. In the restructure, it’s separating its cloud operations from its software business and will focus on growing its market opportunity and expansion into the broader electronics…

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What a week! The most important Federal Budget in a generation, the Reserve Bank board meeting and Donald Trump sending global markets into a spin over whether there is economic stimulus coming for the US or not… on top of some crazy comments about Coronavirus. Let’s start with the Budget…a few quick comments before getting…

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The Australian economy was in pretty good shape going into this pandemic. It’s fair to say, if you had to be in any country in the world to get through this recession it would be Australia. ECONOMY Real GDP is forecast to fall by 3. per cent in 2020 before recovering in 2021 to grow…

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Happy Friday everyone, I must admit I’m feeling a bit shaggy today and writing this from Adelaide after my AFL footy team, Port Adelaide, won its final against Geelong last night. I’m thinking it will prepare me for the week ahead and 2 big economic events: 1. It’s the first Tuesday of the month and…

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Stock of the Week #1; Cimic CIMIC Group’s 50% owned associate, Ventia, has won a $124 million contract extension with the NSW Land and Housing Corporation. Under the contract, Ventia will continue to provide maintenance, project and program services in Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. The initial agreement was signed in April 2016, and…

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Digital job ads platform, Seek, has confirmed that its Chinese digital jobs classifieds business, Zhaopin, is speaking to potential investors amid speculation e-commerce giant Alibaba could invest “hundreds of millions of dollars” in the company. SEK told the markets that Zhaopin and its shareholders were in discussions with “a number of parties” about new investment…

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A few years of stellar returns has convinced many people that investing in property is a sure thing....

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How are your parents’ finances?

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

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Superannuation & Share dive

Every working Australian is invested in the sharemarket… through their superannuation. As global sharemarkets tank and the doomsayers...

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