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Which Industries are Winning During Isolation

May 4th, 2020
Before we talk about the success stories, it's important to put things in perspective. Global markets have fallen sharply, with the FTSE, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nikkei all seeing huge falls over the last few months. The US Senate passed a record-breaking USD$2 trillion aid bill to help people survive, with most other nations passing their own relief packages. The global tourism industry was decimated overnight, the arts and events management sectors are pretty much non-existent, and the entire hospitality sector is a shadow of its former self.

Despite the major economic downturn and immense recovery ahead, not everyone has been suffering during this difficult time. As you might expect, some healthcare companies are thriving, with pharmaceutical companies set to play a huge role in the crisis recovery. Some major players include Gilead, who own the rights to the treatment drug Remdesivir; Moderna, who are actively working on a vaccine; and Roche, a major supplier of testing kits. Medical supply companies are also doing well, as are other manufacturing companies who ha [...]

Real Estate in Limbo

April 20th, 2020
According to the latest figures from CoreLogic, national dwelling prices managed to hold up well in March, rising 0.7% over the month. The robust nature of the housing market also comes with some lag-time, however, with results in April, May, and further down the road likely to be more indicative of the current economic climate. According to CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless, we are entering into an "unprecedented" period: "It's the sheer uncertainty of a health-related crisis, rathe [...]

How is the Stimulus Package being Funded

April 20th, 2020

The Australian government has unveiled the largest economic stimulus package in the nation’s history, with $320 billion made available to combat the economic impacts of the pandemic. As “the biggest economic lifeline in Australia’s history,” according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, this money is designed to boost the welfare system, support workers, and keep businesses alive during this difficult time. […]

Keeing in Touch with Friends Remotely

April 20th, 2020

As everyone becomes accustomed to staying at home, keeping in touch with friends and family is more important than ever. While handshakes are well-and-truly out of fashion and hugs are reserved to members of your family unit, there are lots of digital tools that help us to stay connected and keep in touch despite iso-life. From Facebook and Twitter to […]

How to keep fit at home

April 14th, 2020

The coronavirus is affecting every aspect of life, from work to play to exercise and fun. While going outside to exercise is one of the few things allowed at the moment, not everyone likes walking down empty streets or trying to avoid people while jogging. Gyms are off-limits, team sports are cancelled, and even beaches are a no-go area in […]

Getting Creative with your Kids at Home

April 6th, 2020

With many people in full lockdown mode due to the coronavirus, lots of us are stuck inside with the kids. While this situation can certainly be challenging and doesn’t always run smoothly, there’s a lot you can do to keep your kids entertained. Creative projects are a great way to spend some time, with even the simplest ideas likely to […]

Where Aussies are Moving to & From

March 18th, 2020

Australians move between suburbs and states all the time, selling and buying property as they go. Whether you move to a bigger house or downsize to a smaller apartment, financial and lifestyle factors continue to drive demographic changes within Australian cities. The data used in this article is based on the Australia Post mail redirection service from March 2013 to […]

Getting your home Ready for Isolation

March 16th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is in full flight, with social distancing and isolation fast becoming the new normal. With new limits placed on social gatherings everyday and public spaces turning into ghost towns, living and working at home is the new reality for a growing number of people. Despite selfish behaviour at supermarkets, getting your home ready for isolation is about […]

House Prices Back at Record Levels

March 13th, 2020

House prices are once again at significant highs in Australia, with a surge in February sending most capitals back to record levels. All state capitals other than Darwin experienced price gains, with Sydney leading the way and Melbourne not far behind. While Sydney is still down 3.7% from its peak in mid-2017, and the coronavirus will definitely impact the market, […]

The Rise of Female Sport

March 9th, 2020

Over the last decade, we have seen a tremendous rise in the popularity of women’s sport around the world. Highlighted recently in Melbourne with the popularity of the Women’s Cricket World Cup and AFLW competitions, women’s sport is very much on an upwards trajectory. Almost 50% of women are interested in sport, more people are tuning in to watch women’s […]

Age is no Barrier to Fitness

March 2nd, 2020

Age is no barrier to fitness, or at least it doesn’t have to be. While sedentary behaviours continue to have a negative effect on health outcomes around the world, some older people are taking a proactive approach. As the global population ages, mature people are taking a renewed interest in sport, fitness, and personal wellbeing. Whether it’s social fitness classes […]