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22 March 2018 - Questions asked in Banking Royal Commission

The Banking Royal Commission in Australia has begun, with regulatory and compliance obligations analysed across a range of financial products and services. While fraudulent brokers and loan applications by the National Australia Bank, Aussie Home Loans, and the Commonwealth Bank were at the top of the agenda, the commission will also be looking at the wider world of mortgage broking, car financing, and unsuitable credit card limits.




20 March 2018 - Australian Property Still Unaffordable

Despite the recent slowdown, Australian property is still very pricey by global standards. Australia's five biggest cities have been called "severely unaffordable" by Demographia, a global think tank dedicated to international housing affordability and urban planning research. Australia's own CoreLogic has disagreed with their figures, however, with the property data firm saying that affordability has improved over the past decade thanks to lower interest rates.  




12 March 2018 - Prepare your Home Interior for Winter

While spring inspires cleaning and summer is made for the great outdoors, autumn is the ideal time to get your home ready for the cold months ahead. Decorating your home using certain colours, styles and furnishings can warm your spirits and make a real difference to your mood in the lead-up to winter. From cool colours and earthy materials through to lighting fixtures and soft furnishings, let's take a look at some of the best ways to prepare your home interior for winter.




09 March 2018 - Peace & Quiet is Good for your Heart

We all know that peace and quiet is good for your soul, but according to two new studies, it can also be good for your heart. Whether it's the roar of a jet engine, the rumble of a highway, or the screaming siren of an emergency vehicle, it turns out that loud noises can have a noticeable effect on your cardiovascular health. While research has not proved that loud noises cause heart disease, noise pollution may increase the risk of coronary artery disease, hypertension, and heart failure among other conditions.




02 March 2018 - Smartest Dog Breeds

Dogs are the second most popular type of pet in the world behind cats, with at least 525 million dogs currently living on planet Earth. People love dogs for many reasons, with our furry friends known to make us healthier, happier and more empathic. While all dogs have the potential to be your best friend, some breeds stand out from the pack when it comes to working intelligence. Let's take a look at five of the smartest dog breeds in the world and see which one is perfect for you.




22 February 2018 - Market Volatility in 2018

The extreme market volatility witnessed over the last few weeks may not be over yet, with some commentators expecting more chaotic selling in the weeks and months ahead. While talk of the next financial crisis is a big stretch, rising inflation in the US could lead to renewed fears and ongoing unpredictability if interest rates increase at a faster rate than expected. Despite current calm conditions following the meltdown, make no mistake, market volatility could return at any moment.




19 February 2018 - Popular Rental Suburbs

Not all locations are created equal when it comes to rental demand, with some Australian suburbs much more popular than others. Proximity to universities, entertainment venues and other amenities play a huge role when people decide where to live, as do affordability considerations and current supply levels. Let's take a look at the most popular places to rent in Australia within a 20km radius of a major CBD using data provided by (REA).




13 February 2018 - Benefits of Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet has become extremely popular over the last few years, with this low-carb diet also known as the keto diet, low carb diet, and low carb high fat (LCHF) diet among other names. While this diet is used in medicine primarily for the treatment of difficult-to-treat epilepsy in children, it has also become widely associated with weight loss and disease prevention. According to a new study published in the journal Science, the ketogenic diet could even be used to slow down the ageing process.




09 February 2018 - Maximalism in the Modern Home

The days of minimalism in interior design may finally be coming to an end, with home-owners demanding more colour, extra vibrancy, and a greater degree of individuality in their living spaces. Maximalism can be defined as decorating with lots of stuff, with designers in 2018 getting excited again about things like colour combinations, mismatching styles, and good old-fashioned personality. Let's take a look at the state of maximalism in the modern home and see how you can spice up your interiors in 2018.




02 February 2018 - The Future of Flying

The aviation industry is expanding around the world, as advancements in technology continue to push air travel into exciting new directions. Because new planes are expensive to build and designed to stand the tests of time, the pace of innovation we are witnessing today is only seen once every couple of decades. From electric propulsion and satellite navigation through to long-haul services and supersonic aircraft, let's take a look at some of the trends likely to dominate the aviation industry over the next few years.   



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