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Rental yields

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Monday, 10 July 2017 09:00

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 09:00

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 09:00

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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Housing bubble

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Monday, 01 May 2017 09:00

There are some words that you are not supposed to mention for fear of causing panic. When it comes to the housing market, one such word is “bubble”. Yet this emotive label is being bandied around by all and sundry - and it’s getting attention and grabbing headlines.


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Housing boom

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Monday, 03 April 2017 09:00

In Australia, home ownership is becoming increasingly unattainable. Younger people and low income families in particular view the property market as impenetrable. These two demographic groups have been severely impacted by surging home values and have been priced out of the market. Affordable housing is now a political hot potato.


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