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20 June 2018 - The Current Market Decline Compared to Previous Years

The current decline in Australian property values is significant, with national dwelling prices in May 1.1 percent below their peak on a monthly basis. According to the CoreLogic Home Value Index, the national housing market recorded its first annual decline in six years at -0.4 percent, with some state capitals following in the footsteps of Sydney and Melbourne. Despite the talk of a housing crash, however, this has all happened before in previous cycles, and it will all happen again.

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18 June 2018 - How Much do Australians Earn?

Have you ever thought about how much the average Australian earns each year? Despite Treasurer Scott Morrison using the average figure of $84,600 a year to spruce his tax package, this is the average income for full-time workers and not the average for everyone. According to Credit Suisse's Global Wealth Databook, however, Australia is a wealthy country, having recently been ranked third in the world behind Iceland and Switzerland in terms of total wealth per adult at $402,603.

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15 June 2018 - Japanese Interior Design Concepts

Western interior design has always been influenced by and drawn inspiration from other cultures. The exotic world of Japanese design has been a particularly fruitful source of ideas over the years, from the shapes and colours of traditional Japanese rooms through to the minimalism of kanso and the philosophy of zen. Whether you're choosing new furniture or undergoing a full renovation, many of the elements of Japanese design can be incorporated directly into western homes.  

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08 June 2018 - The Health Benefits of Patience

From the computer networks that run the office through to the fast foods you enjoy at the end of the day, everything in modern life seems to be speeding up. The faster we go, the less we seem to get done, however, with urgency often leading to stress and anxiety. We all know that patience is a virtue, and according to science, it may also be beneficial for our physical and mental health. Having patience gives you the ability to wait and heal, the time to stay cool and collected, and the personal space that everyone needs for real health and well-being.

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01 June 2018 - World's Most Dangerous Sports

Most of us are content playing tennis on the weekends or kicking the soccer ball with the kids after school. For others, however, sport is a much more exciting and dangerous endeavour. From BASEjumping and bull riding through to luge and endurance ocean racing, some sports are much more likely to lead to injury and death than others. Let's take a look at some of the world's most dangerous sports to see if you're ready to swap the golf clubs for a bucking bull or wingsuit.

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23 May 2018 - Income Tax & the Budget

The 2018 Budget initiated long-term plans to simplify Australia's tax system, with Treasurer Scott Morrison pledging $140 billion in personal income tax relief over the next decade. The ambitious seven-year program put forth by the Liberal Party will have a huge influence on the next Federal election, with the entire plan set to last for three election cycles. Along with winding back taxation thresholds, the Government are also planning to scrap the 37 percent tax rate by 2024, along with measures that combat bracket creep.

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17 May 2018 - What Does the Budget Mean for Homebuyers

The 2018 Federal Budget is here, with many of the changes announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison set to affect Aussie home-owners. While millennials, renters, and prospective first-home buyers were largely ignored by the government, elderly home-owners will have a greater ability to access a reverse mortgage to unlock their home’s equity. While the lack of attention given to housing affordability has been criticised by many, new incentives for the elderly will help to unlock wealth for 1.8 million age pensioners.

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11 May 2018 - Which Household Appliances Use the Most Energy

Whether it's cooking our food, washing our clothes, or keeping us entertained at night, electricity is needed for all aspects of modern life. Power bills are a huge expense for most people, with domestic appliances accounting for 33 percent of all household energy consumption. Other big contributors include water and cooling at 40 percent, and water heating at 21 percent. Electricity is charged in kilowatts per hour (kWh) units, with some appliances much more expensive to run than others. Let's take a look at some of the best, and some of the worst offenders.

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02 May 2018 - Do Smart Drugs Work

Have you ever thought about taking drugs to make you smarter or help you perform better at work? Smart drugs include all compounds that are capable of enhancing cognitive function, including stimulants like caffeine and Ritalin and nootropic substances such as piracetam and modafinil. While some of these substances have been found to improve memory, motivation and creativity in scientific studies, they can be dangerous when abused or taken without a prescription.

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01 May 2018 - World's Best Road Trips

There's nothing better than a good road trip to clear out the cobwebs. Fresh air and majestic scenery inspire the imagination like nothing else, helping you to break the bonds of familiarity and giving you a new lease on life. From far away journeys like Route 66 in the United States and Ticlio Pass in Peru through to the Great Ocean Road in Australia and Milford Road in New Zealand, let's take a look at some of the world's most amazing road trips. 

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