19 December 2018 - Dangers of Changing Negative Gearing
Changes to negative gearing could be just
around the corner in Australia, with Labor making promises of reform if they
win the next federal election. The proposed changes have been designed to help
first-home buyers enter the property market, with negative gearing under Labor
only applying to new properties. Despite the good intentions of this plan, a
number of real estate experts think it's a bad idea, and one has even come out
saying it could tip Australia into a recession.
14 December 2018 - Renewed Talk of Housing Market Crash
There has been renewed talk of a housing
market crash in recent days, with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD) warning Australia to prepare contingency plans in the
event of a severe market collapse. With the pace of house price falls
accelerating in recent weeks, the housing market has experienced its worst
decline since records began in 1980. While there are big differences between
the situation in Australia today and that in the US during the global financial
crisis, the wider economy faces serious issues due to unsustainable long-term
price growth and high levels of corresponding household debt.
10 December 2018 - Shrinking House Trend
Home sizes are shrinking across the western
world, with rising populations, apartment living, and increasing prices putting
renewed pressure on the size of the family home. While smaller houses are not
necessarily cheaper, they do provide people with more choice in overheated
property markets. Rather than seeing shrinking homes as a negative consequence
of unsustainable population growth, people are embracing the trend for high
quality, high density homes that just happen to have a smaller footprint.
7 December 2018 - The Best Time of Day to Exercise
Some people wake at the crack of dawn to
exercise, with others waiting until after work in the late afternoon or
evening. While exercise is great at any time of the day, it seems our internal
body clocks can have a huge effect on the amount of calories that we burn.
Finding the perfect time for your fitness regime is part art and part science,
with each person needing to match their personal preferences with universal
circadian rhythms and innate human physiology.
3 December 2018 - World's Untouched Tribes
The recent death of an American missionary
on a remote Indian island has brought the world's untouched tribes into the
spotlight. Commonly referred to as uncontacted or lost tribes, this small group
of indigenous peoples face numerous threats from the outside world. There are
currently thought to be around 100 tribes living completely cut-off from modern
civilisation. Most of the tribes live deep in the Amazon rainforest, with
others existing in the Congo, the mountains of New Guinea, and islands off the
coast of India.
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