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20 November 2017 - Cash Rate Remains on Hold

The Reserve Bank has left the official cash rate on hold at 1.5 percent, the same position it has been in since August 2016 when rates were edged down by 0.25 percentage points. The widely expected move was already factored in by the markets, despite the fact that inflation was weaker than expected in third quarter CPI figures. While the Australian economy is still ticking over, low inflation and slow wages growth are likely to have a negative influence on consumer confidence and retail sales in the lead up to Christmas.

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13 November 2017 - Australia Enters the High-Rise Era

Australian cities have always had a low percentage of apartments compared to urban areas in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The sprawling nature of Australian cities is the inevitable result of the suburban Aussie dream, with lack of space one of the key factors leading to increased demand and unsustainable house price growth. Despite a recent slowdown, house prices on the Australian east coast continue to rise compared to apartments, which are forecast to fall over the next three years. Lower prices for apartments offer new hope to younger Australians who are looking to buy their first property, and could act as a cultural catalyst bringing lifestyles changes to Australian cities.

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08 November 2017 - Australia vs New Zealand Household Internet Speeds

A lot of things stay the same when you cross the Tasman, but when it comes to internet speeds, Australia and New Zealand couldn't be further apart. While Australian politicians play the blame game over the failures of the National Broadband Network (NBN), New Zealand continues to expand its ultra-fast fibre-based broadband service across the country. There are many reasons for the striking disparity between the two countries, including the smaller population and surface area of New Zealand and the deep structural problems of the NBN.

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03 November 2017 - Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Up to 60 percent of the human adult body is water, a highly valuable substance that is used to manufacture neurotransmitters in the brain, regulate body temperature, and deliver oxygen throughout the body among countless other jobs. Water serves a number of essential functions that are vital to the life of every cell in the human body, from the initial stages of cell production through to body regulation, protection, and waste management. Each and every day, we must consume a certain amount of water in order to survive - but just how much do we need?

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01 November 2017 - Rise of Cyrptocurrencies

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies continue to take the world by storm, with wildly fluctuating values highlighting the advantages and risks of blockchain technology. Also known as digital or virtual currencies, cryptocurrencies have no intrinsic value and exist solely inside a computer network. With over 16 million bitcoins in circulation and growing, and alternative currencies like Ethereum and Ripple getting bigger all the time, the future of digital currency will have huge implications for the global economy and everyone invested in it.

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