Ways to Make Your Own Luck With Money This St. Patrick’s Day

Contrary to popular belief, there is no fabled pot of gold sitting and waiting for you to come and claim it at the end of the rainbow. Unless you’ve won the lottery or you have a trust fund, it’s doubtful that you’ll make money through luck without any actual...[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]

Ten steps to help prevent a cyber attack in your business

The latest cybercrime statistics make for sobering reading, with a 75 per cent rise in ransomware attacks in the 2021/2022 financial year and up to 200,000 vulnerable routers in Australian homes and small businesses. The Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC)...[Read More]

Weekly market update – Investment markets and key developments

Global share markets mostly fell over the last week with more hawkish commentary from Fed Chair Powell and worries that problems at two regional US lenders may mean wider issues for banks. This saw US shares fall 4.6% for the week giving up most of their gains for the...[Read More]

Shares hit another bout of turbulence

US banks, inflation, interest rates and recession risk – what it means for investors? Key points: – US regional bank failures have added to uncertainty about the investment outlook flowing from inflation & rate hikes. – Specific issues with the failed banks...[Read More]

How does running a business from home affect your insurance?

COVID-19 led to many more people starting small businesses from home, often as a side hustle. But even a micro business can affect whether your current insurance policy is valid. So, what kind of insurance may you need to run a business from home? We’ll explore that....[Read More]

Subs fleet hailed as watershed deal for Australian jobs

Australian industry will benefit with thousands of jobs bankrolled from a nuclear submarine deal worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the large amount of money to acquire eight-nuclear powered submarines would be an investment in...[Read More]

‘Someone’s watching you’: TikTok warning for families

Australians have been warned to do their homework before downloading TikTok as concerns grow over security fears. Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil will soon receive a review into privacy, political censorship, and disinformation on the Chinese-owned social media...[Read More]

Brain similarities for long COVID, chronic fatigue

Medical imaging has shown similarities between the brains of people with long COVID-19 and those with chronic fatigue syndrome. Researchers used the world’s strongest MRI, the ultra-high field 7 Tesla – one of two in Australia – to see whether the conditions...[Read More]

Inflation, slowing demand increase risks for business

Business-to-business trade payment defaults have surged as firms struggle with cash flow under challenging conditions. CreditorWatch’s monthly business risk report shows payment defaults lifted 30 per cent in the 12 months to February and credit enquiries soared by...[Read More]

Productivity review to sound alarm bells for economy

Few surprises are expected in the five-yearly review of Australia’s productivity performance but the final report will likely sound alarm bells for the nation’s sluggish productivity growth. The comprehensive report, which will be released later in the week, is...[Read More]

Fresh push for changes to ‘distorted’ GST system

Victoria is heaping renewed pressure on the federal government to change the GST system as the state faces a $1.4 billion budget shortfall. The Albanese government must make the “no worse off” GST guarantee permanent so states and territories can have financial...[Read More]

Tourists escape to the country as budgets tighten

When the beach house breaks the budget, a sea of cabanas blocks the ocean views and the sunburn stings: that’s when the countryside comes calling. Albury, a NSW regional city on the banks of the Murray River, has been named Town of the Year, as Australians...[Read More]

‘Cold comfort’ for households with energy prices rising

Households and businesses will feel the squeeze of rising electricity prices this year despite federal government intervention in the energy market. In a speech to the Sydney Institute, Energy Minister Chris Bowen outlined how the government’s decision to take action...[Read More]