17 February 2021 - Stamp Duty Phased Out
As we emerge from the global pandemic,
economists are looking for novel ways to stimulate the economy. According to experts, swapping stamp duty for land tax is a powerful way to make the taxation model more fair and effective. Not only would it be a more efficient financial measure, it could also have a positive impact on home ownership rates among young Australians and current renters. While every form of taxation hurts the economy in some way, pivoting away from stamp duty towards land tax and property tax could have a lasting positive impact for young and old Australians.
15 February 2021 - Low Rates & High Prices
Australian house prices remain high, with
COVID-19 failing to dampen the market and the official cash rate dropping to a record low of 0.10%. Australian property is currently more expensive than ever, and according to experts, things are not going to slow down any time soon. Interest rates are key, with the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) wanting to stimulate the market without causing a credit-fuelled asset bubble. Despite going through the deepest recession since the 1930s, house values could jump 30% over the next three years if borrowers believe low interest rates are here to stay.
10 February 2021 - The Work-Life Balance Myth
After years of employers and well-meaning
lifestyle articles speaking of the "work-life balance", turns out it has always been a problematic concept. When you think about it,
"work" should never act as a counterweight to "life", with opposition between these two terms actually highlighting the nature of the problem. In a new world defined by flexible hours, remote work opportunities, and ever-changing career trajectories, it's never been easier to integrate your working day with the rest of your life.
8 February 2021 - Advances in Quantum Computing
The race towards useful quantum computing continues to heat up thanks to key scientific advances. A recent Australian invention has made waves in the quantum world, with scientists from the University of Sydney and Microsoft Corporation developing a single chip that's capable of transforming the entire world of quantum computing. From superconductors to qubits, let's take a look at the current state of quantum computing and see how this discovery fits into the wider quantum universe.
1 February 2021 - Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss
In a world of endless and often conflicting
health advice, knowing what works for your body can be extremely challenging. This is especially true when it comes to weight loss, with scientific studies, commercial interests, and personal experience often hard to align. Instead of relying on complicated diets and unrealistic exercise regimes, sometimes there is a simple and easy-to-implement solution. According to a new study published in PLOS One, intermittent fasting can lead to weight loss, with the rigid application of a fasting program not even needed to see positive results.
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