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Households Ready to Spend this Christmas

November 29th, 2013

Strong Christmas sales are expected on both sides of the Tasman, with consumer confidence growing in Australia and steady in New Zealand. According to the latest figures from Roy Morgan Research, an increasing majority of households believe now is a good time to purchase white goods, entertainment products, electronics, and other major household items. The Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Rating […]

Why Fat is Good for you

November 22nd, 2013

After being told for almost half a century that fat is bad for us, a number of health experts are doing an abrupt about-face. Surprisingly, the consumption of heal thy fats can actually help to lower the risk of heart disease, along with boosting the immune system, regulating weight, and decreasing the chance of diabetes. However, it is important to […]

Christmas Around the World

November 15th, 2013

Christmas is an important part of global culture, both as a secular holiday and a defining element of the Christian religion. However, even though this special time of year is celebrated by millions of people around the world, not all Christmas traditions are the same. From pagan celebrations based on pre-Christian holidays through to strange European and Asian customs, Christmas […]

Australia Still in Good Shape

November 15th, 2013

Despite consistent worriers and “good old days” nostalgia, Australia is in good financial shape heading into 2014. The latest insight into the state of the nation comes from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), who have just released the Measure of Australia’s Progress (MAP) report. Economic data from the report was largely positive, with consumer sentiment also rising according to […]

Home Loan Approvals on the Rise

November 8th, 2013

Australian home loan approvals are on the rise, with recent September results growing faster than expected. Approvals have been rising steadily for most of the year despite a fall in August, with the property market strengthening throughout most of 2013. It’s not all clear sailing for the housing sector, however, with warnings of risky lending by the RBA and the […]

Easy Ways to Detox before the Holiday Season

November 1st, 2013

Detox diets and programs have become very popular lately, thanks to growing health awareness in the community and ongoing celebrity endorsement. While controversy surrounds some of the benefits attributed to commercial detox products, most people can benefit from diet restrictions and improved nutrition. Even if you don’t have the desire or will to commit to a lengthy and strict detox […]