19 October 2017 - Household Debt a Key Concern

Rising levels of household debt are a key concern for Australia, with mortgage debt and unsustainable property investment two of the biggest risks to financial stability according to the RBA. While the central bank have expressed increasing confidence in the wider economic outlook, and seem in no rush to increase interest rates, domestic household balance sheets remain a real worry for policymakers. According to some commentators, stress tests by the RBA may lead to tighter lending restrictions and other prudential actions by the baking sector.


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13 October 2017 - Sustainable Development in Sydney

New plans are in place to construct thousands of apartments in Sydney, with growth needed over the next two decades in order to meet demand and encourage more affordable prices. Despite a recent slowdown in price growth and sales figures, the Sydney market remains heated due to ongoing population pressures. While the majority of NSW residents are opposed to more development in existing areas to accommodate the growing and ageing population, the Greater Sydney Commission say the city will need approximately 725,000 additional homes over the next 20 years.


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10 October 2017 - Home Ownership Around the World

As Aussies and Kiwis find it increasingly difficult owning their own home, it's easy to think that the situation is the same everywhere. While house prices have grown faster than incomes in many countries and the global house price index continues its steady recovery, there is a huge divergence in home ownership rates around the world. House prices, incomes, and culture all have a huge effect on how people live and pay the bills, with increasing house price-to-income ratios in many countries making it hard for many to enter the property market. 


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06 October 2017 - Rise of the Superfoods

Everyone knows how important it is to have a healthy diet in order to feel your best. Along with regular exercise, there's no better way to boost your performance than through the introduction of nutrient-rich superfoods. The term "superfood" covers a lot of ground, from ancient grains and nutrient-dense nuts through to fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants. Whether you're a high performance athlete, a stressed office worker, or a busy mum, there's never been a better time to change your diet so you can be as super as possible.


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02 October 2017 - How your Personality affects your Diet

Your personality may be to blame for your bad eating habits, with food personality types and trends found to have a huge influence on how people diet and gain weight. After researching more than 90,000 Australian adults, the CSIRO identified five main diet-related personality types and a number of food personality trends existing across generations. While your personality is not the only thing that influences your eating habits, knowing how you relate to food is crucial if you want to set up realistic diet and exercise routines.


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21 September 2017 - Business Confidence Up - Consumer Confidence Down

The Australian economy has been going through an interesting phase lately, with consumer confidence continuing to struggle amidst growing long-term business sentiment. Despite recording a bump in September, the Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index has been firmly in the pessimistic zone for the best part of three years. In contrast, the NAB business confidence and conditions survey in August continues to highlight strong business conditions despite a recent drop in business confidence.


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12 September 2017 - Home Ownership Delayed to Later in Life

According to a new study from Roy Morgan Research, Australians are putting off key life events due to increasing economic pressures and changing education and social patterns. Not only are young Australians living at home for longer than ever before, home ownership is being delayed and fewer people are owning their home outright before retirement. With an increasing number of people living at home and renting until their 40s, it seems it's never too late to get your foot onto the property ladder.   


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07 September 2017 - City Parks for the Urban Household

The health benefits of nature are well known, with people who spend time in natural environments less likely to be anxious or depressed than those who never leave the urban jungle. It's not possible for everyone to live by the ocean or hide away on the top of a mountain, however, so city planners are learning to improve the mental state of residents by adding pockets of nature that copy the wider world. By incorporating insights from science and psychology into their work, urban designers can create future cities that work with nature instead of fighting against it.


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04 September 2017 - Does Moderate Drinking Cause Harm

Excessive alcohol consumption has been associated with a wide range of negative health outcomes, from the physical effects of liver disease through to brain damage and depression. While everyone is aware of the dangers of heavy drinking, the truth about moderate drinking can be much harder to discern. Can one or two drinks at the end of the day really be OK, or is the idea that low-level drinking is good for your health actually a myth? 


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01 September 2017 - Rise of the Robots

Robotic technology continues to make headlines, as artificial intelligence and innovative hardware converge in clever and surprising ways. From mechanical factory workers and robotic surgeons through to moving sex dolls and robotic vacuum cleaners, automation has become a big part of our everyday life. The rise of the robots is not without its problems, however, as experts warn of job losses, moral uncertainty, and the unintended consequences of emergent systems.


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