Top 10 Essentials for Lifelong Health and Wellness

16 May

Creating a sustainable approach to health and well-being involves habits and practices that enhance physical, mental, and emotional health over the long term.    Here’s a top 10 list to help maintain ongoing health and well-being:   Balanced...[Read More]

5 Tips for an amazing life after retirement

16 May

Have you ever thought about life after retirement? If you have, you most likely think about the best things in life: a happy family, good health and wealth. The only way to make this dream retirement a reality is to have the right retirement...[Read More]

Oliver’s Insights – The economic impact of the 2024 Federal Budget

15 May

The 2024-25 Budget – another surplus, but bigger medium term deficits with more big spending, including on a “Future Made in Australia”   Key points   – The budget this year is expected to show a surplus of $9.3bn thanks to a...[Read More]

States query GST carve-up despite ‘constructive’ budget

15 May

States are split on the federal budget as the two most populous jurisdictions question their GST shares, while resource-heavy Western Australia counts its riches. NSW will be the biggest loser from the annual GST distribution set out in the budget...[Read More]

Treasurer absorbs warnings on budget fuelling inflation

15 May

While the federal government says its budget will lower inflation, analysts counter that broad cost-of-living relief, such as energy rebates and tax cuts, could make things worse. An expanded version of the energy-bill relief delivered in last...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 10/05/24

15 May

Global shares mostly rose again over the last week, helped by ongoing confidence that major central banks are on track to cut rates this year and strong US earnings results. For the week US shares rose 1.9%, Eurozone shares rose 3.1% making a new...[Read More]

Workers’ wages grow 4.1 per cent, silver lining for RBA

15 May

Workers saw their wages outpace inflation during the first three months of 2024, but a lower-than-expected increase will encourage the Reserve Bank board as they mull their next interest rate move. Wages grew 4.1 per cent annually in the March...[Read More]

Cost-of-living relief and more homes in federal budget

15 May

FEDERAL BUDGET SUMMARY   ECONOMY * Budget surplus of $9.3 billion in 2023/24 * Deficits of $28.3 billion in 2024/25, $42.8 billion in 2025/26, $26.7 billion in 2026/27 and $24.3 billion in 2027/28 * Commonwealth net debt rising to $552.5 billion...[Read More]

Economists warn budget could ‘poke inflationary bear’

15 May

A pitch to bring inflation back to target by as soon as Christmas has been muddied by economists worried about new spending and energy bill relief for all. Forecasts embedded in the Albanese government’s third budget show inflation will go back...[Read More]

Incentives set to fuel green hydrogen growth

15 May

Tax breaks to supercharge the production of renewable hydrogen for use as a fuel and other applications are part of the federal budget’s push for net-zero prosperity. The global renewable hydrogen race is already well underway as advanced...[Read More]

Federal Budget at a glance: focus on power bills, medicines and rent relief

14 May

THE BUDGET Budget surplus of $9.3 billion in 2024/25 Commonwealth net debt to rise to $552.5 billion (20 per cent of GDP) in 2024/25 Economic growth to rise to two per cent in 2024/25 Unemployment rate to rise to 4.5 per cent in 2024/25 Inflation...[Read More]

Key strategies for successful commercial real estate investment

9 May

When considering the purchase of commercial property, it’s crucial to take a strategic approach, as the implications of your decisions can significantly affect your financial outcomes.    Here are some key factors to consider:   Top 10 Factors...[Read More]

Top international destinations for retirees to visit

9 May

If you’re an Australian or British retiree, retirement is the perfect time to travel the world and explore the places you’ve always wanted to see. Travelling may lead to much more than just a relaxing vacation, too. Seeing the world in your 50s,...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights Seasonal patterns in shares – should we “sell in May and go away”?

8 May

Key points – Seasonal patterns in shares gave rise to the saying “sell in May and go away, buy again on St Leger’s Day.” – However, seasonal patterns can’t always be relied on so while investors should be aware of them, betting on them...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 3/5/24

8 May

Global shares mostly rose over the last week. While US shares had a volatile week they were buoyed by good earnings results and rose sharply on Friday in response to news of cooler jobs and wages growth in April which allays fears of overheating....[Read More]