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Loan serviceability

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Monday, 27 November 2017 09:00

How much can I borrow? This is the most common question asked by home buyers and should be answered before you go shopping for your dream home or investment property. Knowing up-front how much you can spend will save you disappointment later.


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Massive landowners

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Monday, 20 November 2017 09:00

It’s claimed that Queen Elizabeth II is the largest landowner on Earth. As head of the Commonwealth of Nations, she is technically the legal owner of 6.6 billion acres of terra firma. In reality, Her Majesty does not personally own all the land in her realms. Rather, it is owned by the millions of her subjects who hold title to a parcel of land, granted by the Crown.


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Corporate giants

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Monday, 18 September 2017 10:00

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet (the parent company of Google), are economic powerhouses. These tech behemoths have created an Internet oligopoly that has changed the face of modern capitalism. Collectively, their combined market capitalisation is worth three trillion dollars, making them the most valuable public companies on the planet.


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Universal basic income

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Monday, 28 August 2017 10:00

Both are tech billionaires, both are philanthropists and both have sounded dire warnings about job losses. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are concerned that technology and automation will eliminate millions of jobs around the world in the coming years.


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Rental yields

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Monday, 10 July 2017 10:00

Property is an increasingly popular way for Australians to invest. Over 1.7 million Aussies (or 7.9 per cent of the population) own an investment property. As an asset class, an investment in bricks and mortar is not considered to be as safe as cash, but it’s less risky than equities. Regardless, landlords want an acceptable return on their investment.


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