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17 October 2018 - Prices Keep Dropping

Property prices in Australia have fallen for 12 consecutive months according to the latest CoreLogic data. While the current slide is still mild by historic standards, some reports are forecasting much bigger falls over the next 12 months. There are already clear warning signs of renewed downward pressure, with national demand falling, auction clearance rates continuing to slide across the country, and Melbourne overtaking Sydney as Australia's weakest housing market.




15 October 2018 - How to Improve Your Memory

As the years roll by and the wrinkles start to develop, we have more to look back on but less faculty for doing so. While decreasing memory as we get older might seem like one of life's tricks, there are lots of things we can do to improve our recall and upgrade our state of mind. Memory is a complicated process that’s made up of numerous brain activities, which means this task can be tackled in a few different ways.




12 October 2018 - Spring Cleaning that Counts

Spring is well and truly here, with more light in the day both increasing the warmth of your home and highlighting the dust in its corners. More than just a bridge between winter and summer, spring is a time to start fresh, a time to hit the reset button on everything that has been and lay the foundations for a better tomorrow. Spring cleaning is well-established across much of the world, with this practical and effective ritual helping you to take stock and get your home ready for the summer ahead.




12 October 2018 - How Low Will the Aussie Dollar Go?

The Aussie dollar plunged to two-and-a-half year lows last week, with some forecasters predicting even lower levels in the weeks and months to come. While the market has showed some buoyancy to recover from a low of 70.41 US cents, a strong greenback and rising international tensions have some experts predicting the dollar to fall well into the 60s by next year. While currency movements are almost impossible to predict, the future of the Aussie dollar will depend greatly on the yield spread with the greenback and the domestic terms of trade.




05 October 2018 - World's Most Expensive Art

The world of fine art is shrouded in mystery, especially when it comes to the top end of the market. While most of the world's famous masterpieces are owned by museums in Europe and rarely sold, there is an active private auction market for some high profile works. In order to determine the value of a piece of art, it's important to differentiate between museum paintings and those owned by private collectors. While old master works in museums are valued extremely high, most of them will never be available for private sale.




20 September 2018 - The Truth About Australia's GDP Growth

In theory, the Australian economy is ticking over nicely, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recording yet another quarter of stronger than expected GDP results. According to a growing number of commentators, however, the traditional way to measure economic prosperity has become worthless as a measure of personal wealth and well-being. Despite solid GDP figures, Australians are still struggling with low wages growth, low personal savings, high energy bills, and high levels of personal debt.




19 September 2018 - Lending for Renovations Down

Bank loans for home renovations have dropped over the last few months to their lowest level in 17 years. Having risen consistently since the start of 2016, lending for alternations and additions continue to plummet as Aussies become less confident about investing in their own homes. Despite falling house prices and a drop in lending activity for both investors and renovations, the average home loan size has increased 7.5 percent since last July to $408,600.




17 September 2018 - Household Composition Around the World

Not all household are the same, with vast differences between household size and composition around the world. According to the latest 'Database of Household Size and Composition' report from the United Nations, the average household size ranges from less than three people to more than six depending on where you live. While rising living standards across the world have led to a decrease in household size over the last few years, an ageing global population is creating additional household stress in some countries.




10 September 2018 - Rising Cases of Anxiety

There is a rising anxiety epidemic sweeping across the world, with this silent mental health disorder affecting people of all ages, genders and races. According to one recent poll, adults in the United States are increasingly anxious about the world around them. The situation in Australia and New Zealand is not much better, with children as young as four diagnosed with anxiety and women particularly at risk. While rising levels of anxiety are a worry for us all, if harnessed properly, some people think anxiety could also be a power for good.




05 September 2018 - Plans for Space Elevator

A space elevator has long been proposed as an affordable way to transport people and goods beyond Earth's atmosphere. While most of the work in this field has been in the realms of theory or science fiction, Japanese scientists have taken the first small steps into making this vision a reality. Researchers have just launched two tiny satellites to the International Space Station in an effort to test any changes in movement and orientation that could possibly affect future elevator transport.



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