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The value of Australian property through the eyes of foreigners

While Sydney property has had extraordinary growth over the last three years (52.5 per cent according to RP Data), putting it out of reach of many Australians, it is still relatively affordable for many foreigners. In the last three years, the Australian dollar has dropped in value by 34 per cent when compared to the […]

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Irish Manors for Sale Proving Popular with American Property Investors

No matter the real estate climate, there will always be investors looking to buy and there will always be owners wanting to sell.  That’s certainly one of the truths of the property market. Having recently visited Belfast, Northern Ireland we were blown away to see that the cheapest property on the market in the UK […]

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The Countries with the Most and Least Secure Energy Supply

A new report released by British risk analysis firm Maplecroft, the 2011 Energy Security Index, evaluates the energy security of 196 countries, looking at both the risks for the short and long-term. Canada is the only G8 country not at a “high-resk” for short-term energy security during geopolitical upheaval & dwindling traditional resources

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The Expensive Tastes of Russian Officials

We recognise that working in Russia can often be a grimey job, so news from the UK Guardian newspaper that members of President Dmitry Medvedevs’ security detail have ordered a 336,000 Ruble ($11,900 USD) bathtub should barely makes a splash in the media.

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How Much Do We Spend on Food and Dining?

The clever people over at Column Five recently partnered with Mint.com and Akorn.tv to visually display how much Mint users spend each month on eating and drinking in a project called “Eat, Drink and Be Thrifty”.

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Who’s Working the Hardest? The OECD Publishes Society at a Glance

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Paris-based group representing 25 countries, has just released “Society at a Glance”, giving an overview and comparison of social trends and policy development within the group. These include the amount of hours engaged in paid and unpaid work, life-expectancy, cultural tolerance and more.

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How Rich is Rich?

NOTE: This article was written with Australians in mind. One Australian Dollar is currently trading at approximately $1.03 USD Would $1 million really make you rich? Unfortunately, a million dollars ain’t what it used to be – many property owners living within five kilometres of a major Australian city would fit the bill, based only […]

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Australian Interest Rates Rise- the Shape of Things to Come for 2010

Seeking to cool a growing economy, the Reserve Bank of Australia has increased interest rates from 3.75% to 4% in a move widely expected by experts. As the only major economy to avoid recession (generally considered to be two consecutive quarters of negative growth), and the first to raise rates from 50-year lows as the economic crisis eased, it follows three consecutive rises at the end of 2009 but is the first rise for 2010.

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Nothing to Celebrate: New South Wales Slips to Last Place

It’s hard to believe that Australia’s most populous State and home of Sydney (the Year 2000 Olympic City) is the worst performing economy in the country. New South Wales is in trouble and has been for some time. It’s time for our leaders in New South Wales to have vision and purpose – something that has been missing for over a decade.

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Christmas Light Competition in Sydney

Christine Watson of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes writes: On a warm balmy evening, there is no better way to keep children amused than to drive the suburban streets of Sydney and look at homes and gardens that are decorated in  the “True Christmas Spirit”.   There are many Santas waving, Reindeers pulling sleds, Big Red Bags Full of Gifts, and lights twinkling everywhere.

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