Monthly Archives: December 2014


Aussie Dollar Keeps Dropping

December 21st, 2014

The Australian dollar continues to tumble, now sitting at its lowest level since June 2010. Influenced by a firming US Dollar, year-end liquidation, technical lows, and negative Reserve Bank sentiment, the local currency finds itself between conflicting forces going into 2015. While forecasts are not all one-way, a growing number of economists see the Aussie falling below 80 US cents […]

Murray Inquiry Looks at Negative Gearing

December 21st, 2014

David Murray’s Financial System Inquiry (FSI) continues to divide Australia, with everyone from the big banks through to individual home owners potentially affected. In addition to 44 recommendations, the Inquiry has also addressed 13 tax arrangements that it says distort the allocation of funding and risk in the economy. Negative gearing is one arrangement in the firing line, as the […]

Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg

December 21st, 2014

Whether you live in a rural setting or an urban metropolis, making a productive fruit and vegetable garden can be easier than you think. From small vertical herb gardens and edible areas through to full-scale production, people are increasingly learning to grow their own food regardless of their location. Whether you’re concerned about sustainable food production or simply want access […]

Sugar Alternatives

December 21st, 2014

Sugar is an important part of the human diet, with over 165 million tonnes of sugar consumed globally each year. Despite this massive popularity, however, an increasing number of sugar alternatives have hit the market in recent years. With consumers able to choose between a range of synthetic sweeteners and natural products, there are more ways to satisfy your sweet […]