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22 January 2018 - Aussies Face Credit Card Debt after Christmas

Australia started 2018 with a collective credit card hangover, with national Christmas debt worth $29 billion according to an analysis of Reserve Bank data by Finder. On average, each person in the country racked up $1,727 worth of debt during December - more than many people are capable of paying back without generating interest. While most Aussies plan on paying of their credit card debt in three months or less, according to analysts, some people will take a year or more to wipe the slate clean.

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19 January 2018 - Crackdown on Foreign Buyers

The property market is set to change in Australia, with further price declines likely as state and federal governments initiate an aggressive crackdown on foreign investors. The Federal government has already introduced ownership caps and removed capital gains tax exemptions for overseas buyers, as NSW and Victorian state governments start their own initiatives in an effort to stop unsustainable price growth. The crackdown will mostly affect Chinese investors, who are also facing moves by their own government to prevent money flowing offshore.

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15 January 2018 - Work from Home Trends in 2018

Working from home is having a moment, with the number of telecommuting and freelance workers increasing dramatically over the last few years. There are many reasons for this increase, including access to faster telecommunications networks, more flexible working conditions, changing family dynamics, and cities choked with traffic. As workers across the Western world increasingly look to forgo traditional job sites in favour of virtual desks, let's take a look at some of the trends to look out for in 2018.

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12 January 2018 - How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

New Year's resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep, with unrealised goals often leading to feelings of guilt and shame as the months roll by. In order to avoid this cycle of failure and regret, it's important to take a long hard look at your life and come up with a realistic plan that matches your intentions with the outcomes you desire. Imagination plays an important role in this process, both in setting your goals and in working out the specific changes necessary to create the life you want.

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08 January 2018 - World's Most Expensive Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages are widely appreciated, having been consumed across the world throughout history for religious and recreational reasons. While most of us are content drinking inexpensive beer and wine products made for the masses, a wide variety of luxury alcohol is also available for those who can afford it. From rare bottles of wine and whisky through to extravagant cocktails with matching price tags, let's take a look at the world's most expensive alcohol products and take a sneak peak at how the other half live.

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19 December 2017 - Australian Business Grows Pessimistic

Australian business has become increasingly pessimistic in the face of low spending and uncertain economic conditions. The latest NAB monthly business survey reported a sharp decline in both conditions and confidence during November, with the retail sector looking especially weak in the lead-up to Christmas and rising wages also recognised as a big concern. While business conditions and confidence are still above the long-term average, weak household consumption has helped to create a downward trend over the past few months.

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14 December 2017 - The Return of First Home Buyers

First-home buyers are on the rise across Australia, with new buyers now accounting for almost a quarter of the owner-occupier market. According to figures from the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) Housing Affordability Report, first-home buyer numbers increased by 36 percent over the year on a nationwide basis. New South Wales is leading the charge with a 70.9 percent increase between September quarters, thanks in part to good housing incentives, increased apartment stock, and less competition from investors. 

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11 December 2017 - Hot Household Products this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, with the holiday season always providing a fresh tide of exciting household products for families to enjoy. From innovative consumer electronics such as smart speakers and Ultra HD TVs through to trampolines and other old favourites, there are more products to choose from at Christmas than any other time of year. Let's take a look at some of the most exciting household products to hit the shelves this Christmas - so you can work out how you want to spend your hard-earned money.

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04 December 2017 - Rise of Health Tourism

From cosmetic procedures through to medical services and rehabilitation, health tourism continues to grow and evolve across the world. According to Healthy Travel Media, publisher of Patients Beyond Borders, more than 11 million people travelled to another country in 2016 to undergo medical procedures. From the beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Costa Rica through to the popular medical hubs of Malaysia and Thailand, the ongoing transformation of the global healthcare industry has opened the floodgates for healthcare tourism. 

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01 December 2017 - Genetic Fountain of Youth Discovered

The first genetic mutation that protects against aging has been found in humans, with scientists using this discovery to develop a longevity drug that attempts to protect people from aging-related diseases. While scientists have always known that certain communities live longer than others, the genetic markers for increased longevity have always been a mystery. Researchers found what they were looking for in an extended family of Old Order Amish living in the vicinity of Berne, Indiana, where people not only live longer but also have significantly less cases of diabetes and better overall health outcomes.

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