Top Australian destinations to visit for retirees

11 July

Now that you’ve retired from the workforce and have all the opportunities to do what you want, you’re ready to take the trip of a lifetime.   If you’re planning to take a tour across Australia, here’s a list of 5 top destinations to visit...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 5/07/24

11 July

Share markets mostly rose over the last week. US shares rose 2% buoyed by increasing confidence in Fed rate cuts this year and strength in tech stocks. This was reinforced on Friday with softer jobs data. Eurozone shares rose 1.9% boosted by...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights – The five reasons why the $A is likely to rise further – if recession is avoided

11 July

Key points – After a soft patch since 2021, there is good reason to expect the $A to rise into next year: it’s undervalued; interest rate differentials look likely to shift in favour of Australia; sentiment towards the $A is negative;...[Read More]

Home lending slips but still well ahead over the year

10 July

New home lending remains far ahead of where it was a year ago despite a minor dip in May for property investors and owner-occupiers. Over the month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics logged a 1.7 per cent fall in all new housing loans, to $28.8...[Read More]

Truckie shortage ‘crisis’ to hurt strained supply chain

10 July

Australian shoppers could soon face empty supermarket shelves as a shortage of truckies threatens the nation’s supply chains. About 26,000 more drivers are needed to fill gaps in the trucking industry as the sector faces shortfalls across all...[Read More]

Introduction to starting a trade

4 July

Entering a trade can be a rewarding and lucrative career path, offering a blend of practical skills, hands-on work, and, often, the opportunity to be your own boss.  Unlike many traditional career paths, trades typically require less time in formal...[Read More]

The most common financial mistakes to avoid

4 July

It’s easy to make mistakes with money, especially if you’re unaware of how dire the consequences of your actions could be. Here, we’ll look at some of the most common financial mistakes people commit that frequently result in severe financial...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights – 2023-24 saw strong investment returns again – but can it continue?

4 July

Key points – 2023-24 provided another year of strong returns for investors as shares were boosted by falling inflation, central banks pivoting towards rate cuts (although is RBA is lagging) and economic conditions were better than feared. –...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 28/6/24

4 July

Share markets mostly fell over the last week. US shares were down 0.1% being buffeted by bouts of profit taking in tech stocks and Nvidia and rising election uncertainty after the presidential debate but with economic data and more news of lower...[Read More]

‘No smoking gun’ to hike rates

4 July

Australia’s central bank remains vigilant to slowing progress on inflation yet the minutes from the last interest rate meeting signal a reluctance to lift them again. In keeping with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s assertion the narrow path is...[Read More]

PM spruiks cost of living measures

4 July

Anthony Albanese is defending the government’s financial aid for voters, as a senator’s suspension threatens to distract from much-heralded energy rebates and other support. Australian households will shave $300 off their energy bills and...[Read More]

Retail sales rise 0.6 per cent as sales start early

4 July

An early start to end-of-financial-year sales lured in bargain-hunters last month, contributing to a larger-than-expected 0.6 per cent lift in retail sales. The monthly gain beat the 0.3 per cent month-on-month consensus forecast and followed a...[Read More]

More cracks in labour market as fewer job ads posted

4 July

Employers are still looking to fill more open positions than before the pandemic started but job ad numbers are falling at an increasingly rapid rate as the economy slows. In the June quarter, ANZ and Indeed recorded a 7.1 per cent decline in the...[Read More]

Starting a New Job: Tips for Success and the Top 10 Jobs

27 June

Starting a new job is a pivotal moment, filled with both excitement and nerves. Whether embarking on your first career or making a significant shift, the early days at a new workplace are crucial for setting the tone for your future success and...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 21/6/24

27 June

Share markets were mixed over the last week. US shares pushed higher helped by tech and AI optimism and despite a bit of profit taking at the end of the week rose 0.6%. Eurozone shares rose 1.1% recovering some of their losses from the week before...[Read More]