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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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Expensive cities

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Monday, 22 May 2017 10:00

Good news - Sydney is not the dearest city in the world in which to live. Nor is Melbourne. Flashy Monaco doesn’t even rate a mention in the top 10 most expensive cities. Believe it or not, tiny Singapore comes out on top in the world rankings for 2017.


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Stock indices

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Monday, 15 May 2017 10:00

America has the S&P 500 Index. Japan has the Nikkei 225 Index. Australia has the ASX 200. The UK has the FTSE 100. And Germany has the DAX 30 Index. Stock exchanges around the world calculate and publish a range of indices to track the performance of a specific “basket” of stocks traded on their stock exchanges.


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