The responsibilities and challenges of an estate executor

21 September

Being named the executor of an estate is both an honour and a burden. Entrusted with this pivotal role, one carries out the last wishes of a loved one, but the path is often strewn with complexities and unforeseen challenges.   Navigating the...[Read More]

Five common life insurance questions

21 September

Like any other insurance policy, life insurance has many variations to meet different users’ needs. Thus, before choosing one, you must determine what you need in a life insurance policy. The best way to determine the best policy is by evaluating...[Read More]

Types of Ethical Investing plus the pros and cons

21 September

Ethical investing has been gaining prominence over the last few decades. Find out what makes it an attractive investment strategy in this post.   The investment technique known as ethical investing prioritises the investor’s moral, religious and...[Read More]

Activities to try in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond

21 September

Every stage of life offers unique opportunities for personal growth and well-being, both physical and mental. Whether you’re in your 20s or beyond your 50s, there’s always something new to try that can keep you active and mentally stimulated....[Read More]

Oliver’s insights – immigration and housing affordability Why immigration should be lower

20 September

Key points – The key drivers of expensive housing in Australia have been low interest rates and a chronic housing supply shortfall. – Thankfully Australian governments are now focussing on boosting supply, but this will face various constraints...[Read More]

Striking a Balance: The Dual Duties of Disclosure and Consumer responsibility in Insurance

20 September

The world of insurance can be a labyrinthine of policies, premiums, and legal jargon. To navigate this complex landscape, both insurers and consumers need a clear set of rules to ensure fairness and transparency. In Australia, the Insurance...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 15/9

20 September

Global share markets were mixed over the last week. US shares initially rose as economic data provided confidence that the Fed won’t have to raise rates again but fell on Friday on concerns about an auto workers strike amidst various options...[Read More]

Petrol price surge further stretches household budgets

20 September

Motorists are forking out well over $2 a litre for fuel in parts of the country because of spiking oil prices and a weakening Australian dollar. In some parts of the nation, petrol prices have overtaken the highs of last year after the conflict in...[Read More]

Inflation cooling to plan but fuel on RBA’s watchlist

20 September

The slowing pace of inflation was enough for the Reserve Bank to keep rates on hold at the last meeting, but the board was alert to surging petrol prices and other risks. The minutes from the September meetings revealed a level of comfort with the...[Read More]

Millions of Australians receive welfare payment boost

20 September

More than five million Australians on welfare have had their payments boosted but the social services sector is warning the increases don’t go far enough. People on JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY and the Youth Disability Support...[Read More]

Tax records for rental properties and holiday homes

20 September

Find out about what records to keep and for how long for rental properties and holiday homes. How long to keep rental records You need to keep records for 5 years. Depending on your situation, that is 5 years from the date: you lodge your tax...[Read More]

Air and sea boost in government’s defence sights

20 September

Australia will step up its pursuit of foreign talent to help develop a nuclear submarine workforce, as the defence force buys over a $1 billion worth of surveillance aircraft to upgrade its anti-submarine capability. Discussions are taking place...[Read More]

Australia’s per capita recession tipped to stick around

20 September

Australia is likely to remain in a per capita recession for the next year based on a lacklustre set of forward-looking indicators. The Westpac-Melbourne Institute leading index, which collates eight economic indicators that predict the direction of...[Read More]

Insurance ‘under pressure’ from extreme weather events

20 September

The insurance industry is under pressure from climate change and other cost pressures, prompting high-level talks in Europe. “The protection gap – the difference between the insurance we need and the insurance we have – is worsening around the...[Read More]

It’s bin a tough time for fresh veg despite price hikes

20 September

Australians are still throwing away too many unused vegetables, despite buying less in their weekly shop as the cost of living bites. About 32 per cent of people are binning fresh vegetables at least once a week, even though more than half are...[Read More]