Know the Basics of Saving and Investing To Achieve Your Financial Goals

Do you struggle to pay your bills every month? Does it sometimes feel like you’re never going to earn enough money to save anything? Has your goal of financial freedom remained elusive through the years? Knowing and understanding the fundamentals of saving and...[Read More]

What Does Protecting Your Family Entail?

Protecting one’s family is a vital aspect of parenting, and every parent has their own unique ideas about what it means to keep their loved ones safe. As a parent, you feel the need to protect and keep your children safe, especially in the early stages of their...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights – have Australian home prices bottomed? Probably not.

Key points – Capital city property prices so far in March are on track for a 0.6% or so gain, led by Sydney, based on CoreLogic data. – The main positives for the residential property market are improving demographic demand, constrained supply and tight rental...[Read More]

Five steps to help respond to a cyber attack

With cybercrime on the rise, it’s becoming a matter of when, not if, a business will be the victim of an attack. So it’s vital to have a well-developed response plan ready to go in the event of a ransomware attack or other cybercrime. Here are five of the key steps...[Read More]

Smashed avocados not to blame for housing crisis

The myth that avocados are responsible for the housing crisis has been smashed. Cutting spending isn’t making it any easier for prospective home owners to break into the property market, a study has found. Rising inflation and house prices mean deposits are largely...[Read More]

Income protection 101

There’s not much you can do without an income. In monetary terms, your ability to earn an income is your biggest asset by far – which is why income protection is so important. When you’re protecting your biggest asset, there are 3 things you need to...[Read More]

Space technology to monitor, forecast quality of water

A forecasting service for water quality, with implications for human health, aquaculture, the environment and recreation, has been launched by Australia’s national science agency. The CSIRO’s AquaWatch Australia project seeks to deliver a world-first...[Read More]

Crossbench threat to close door on social housing fund

A multi-billion dollar fund to build tens of thousands of new social and affordable housing could be heading for defeat in parliament following concerns it would not fix problems in the sector. Under the government’s $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund, 30,000...[Read More]

Reserve Bank leaves rates pause in play for April

Reserve Bank board members have left a pause in rates on the table at the next meeting in April, but more rises could be necessary to tackle inflation. The minutes from the Reserve Bank board’s meeting were broadly consistent with recent softening in language in...[Read More]

Electric car-charging fees rise as energy prices bite

The price of refuelling electric vehicles in Australia is rising, with a third provider lifting the cost of some public chargers in response to soaring electricity prices. Chargefox, which operates the largest electric vehicle-charging network in Australia, has...[Read More]

Target for nurses in aged care won’t be reached

The federal government does not expect to meet the goal of having 24/7 nurses in all aged care residences by mid-year. From July 1, at least one registered nurse must be on-site and on duty at all times at each residential facility. Aged Care Minister Anika Wells said...[Read More]

Scientists chronicle the global harms from plastic

A landmark analysis by almost 50 internationally renowned experts reveals plastic is doing untold harm to humanity. ABOUT THE REPORT: * A new coalition of experts including public health and environmental scientists have attempted to calculate the full suite of harms...[Read More]

Australian shares rise again ahead of Fed meeting-ASX200 up 60.2 points, to 7,015.6 (22/3)

The local share market has gained ground for a second day, closing at a one-week high ahead of what’s being described as the most important Federal Reserve meeting in a decade. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index on Wednesday finished up 60.2 points, or 0.87 per cent, to...[Read More]

It’s not easy being the executor of an estate

Being appointed as the executor of an estate is a significant responsibility that requires careful consideration. While it may be an honour to be entrusted with this important role by a loved one, the reality is that estates can be quite complex. Acting as an executor...[Read More]

Overcome the Deposit Barrier With These 6 Tips

In Australia, the deposit barrier is a significant challenge for many people who wish to buy their own homes.  Saving up for a deposit can be a daunting task, especially for first-time homebuyers.  The good news is that there are various strategies and resources...[Read More]