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In a modern media landscape overflowing with free and accessible online news and entertainment, the ABC is not just a curator of cultural capital. It…

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October 11, 2019

Value investing is the investment style of purchasing stocks at a price below their true worth. This investing method was developed in 1920s at Columbia…

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September 26, 2019

Everyone is talking about it. Everyone is anticipating it. “It” is the strong probability of a global recession.

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The Great Australian Recycling Crisis
September 26, 2019

Recently, across all media platforms, a debate is burgeoning regarding Australia’s recycling crisis and what resolutions Australia needs to find. What began with China’s ban…

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September 23, 2019

China has recently surprised the market, especially the crypto sector, by announcing that they are almost ready to launch a digital currency called Renminbi to…

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September 7, 2019

On Sunday the 11thof August, conservative Argentinian President Mauricio Macri suffered a resounding defeat in the primary elections to his left-wing rival, Alberto Fernández and…

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September 6, 2019

The concept of micro-investing is not new in any sense. The idea of saving and investing small amounts of money at regular intervals is a…

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August 22, 2019

For a society indisputably flourishing in the technological age, it only makes sense that AI serves on the forefront of such massive change. From $500…

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The End of Deutsche Bank in Oz?
August 19, 2019

Deutsche Bank - the name in the latest headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Bank survived the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and then the…

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A Lose-Lose Trade War between South Korea and Japan
August 12, 2019

Rising tensions between South Korea and Japan have reached an all-time peak sparking fears of a trade war. Japan’s recent announcement to tighten controls on…

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August 12, 2019

Facebook has become an integral part of daily life for millions of people everywhere– for better or for worse. The social media giant aims to…

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August 12, 2019

With the official interest rate sitting at 1%, interest rates have never been lower in Australian history. While they have been enjoyed by a large…

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August 12, 2019

Hong Kong is in the brink of a crisis. A crisis that the CEO Carrie Lam has warned that the international financial hub is facing…

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The Race for the Rising Sun
August 12, 2019

Solar power has been winning the race for the most efficient renewable energy source and for good reason. With such abundant supply of sunshine in…

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Deal or No Deal? Will PM Johnson Change Britain’s Fate?
August 11, 2019

Brexit is the process of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (EU) in keeping with the results of the 2016 referendum. Since then, there…

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May 14, 2019

The emergence of social media has changed the way politicians communicate and engage with voters. In the United States, social media has been used by…

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The Trials and Tribulations of Australian Climate Policy
May 14, 2019

For the past decade, the only thing certain about Australian climate policy has been uncertainty. A decade long prime ministerial shuffle coupled with rising energy…

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Poise and Patience: RBA Denies Interest Rate Doomsayers
May 13, 2019

On the second Tuesday of every month, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) makes its cash rate decision, a decision that is integral to the…

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Scomo VS Bill: Who will win?
May 7, 2019

It seems like the majority of Australians know where their mind is at with this election. By the end of Monday 6th May, nearly 1 million…

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IMF: is it still relevant and effective?
April 30, 2019

The IMF, or international monetary fund, was originally established in 1944 to promote financial stability in the post-World War II world. The fund’s primary purpose…

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The Death of Foxtel
April 29, 2019

With the disintegration of free to air television over the last 20 years, we have seen Telstra and 20th Century Fox’s brainchild, Foxtel, rise and…

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April 18, 2019

On 8 November 2016, Narendra Modi, the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy—India—announced that all 500- and 1000-rupee notes, which accounted for 86% of…

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The New Age of UBER: Going Public
April 16, 2019

INTRODUCTION On April 11, news came about that Uber was intending to go public. Uber is due to begin its investor roadshow in the week…

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Crumbling Foundations: A Review of the Australian Housing Market
April 9, 2019

Australia is known to have some of the most overpriced property in the world. With only 45% of Australians in their mid-thirties owning a home,…

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On the Rise: Counterfeit Goods
April 8, 2019

The counterfeit goods market: a place to trade fake luxury items, at not so luxurious prices. In an era where your identity is determined through…

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Venezuela and Hyperinflation – How Long Will They Battle?
April 3, 2019

Imagine the daily life of a Venezuelan, living with an annual inflation rate of 1,000,000%. At that rate, the price of a cup of coffee…

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The Aftermath of the Christchurch Attacks
April 2, 2019

An overview of recent events On March 15, 2019, New Zealand was shocked by a brutal massacre, causing 50 deaths and 50 wounded. The tragedy…

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The Economic Face of Boeing’s Crashes
March 26, 2019

The crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 (M8), in quick succession, have in recent weeks put the airplane manufacturer under increasing scrutiny. This article…

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The Six Serial Offenders: Is the US Economy in danger?
March 25, 2019

Opinions on the US economy and its trajectory run rampant - even economists can often find it difficult to come to a consensus. However, whilst…

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The Hayne Royal Commission: Findings, Responses and Future
March 18, 2019

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, also known as the Hayne Royal Commission, has unearthed some of the…

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The final count: can the UK strike a deal?
March 18, 2019

As we rapidly approach the March 29 Brexit deadline, the UK and EU are frantically trying to strike a deal to ensure a smooth and…

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What Is The Deal With Drug Reform?
October 4, 2018

"This research is important because illicit drugs won't go away, and there will always be a black market." - Liana Jacobi, Applied Econometrician at the…

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Cryptocurrencies: Politics, Culture and The Future
September 20, 2018

Context  The financial world has been exploding since the creation of a new, completely decentralized, transparent and seemingly infallible form of currency called Bitcoin, whose…

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Migration Mythbusting
September 18, 2018

Immigration at large Has seen that in Scott Morrison’s ascension into the Prime Ministership, he has brought with him his tough stance on migration, as…

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September 13, 2018

"Mergers and acquisitions" (M&A) is one of those terms that is best spoken softly. It carries with it all sorts of dark undertones: hostile takeovers,…

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The New PM: Scott Morrison
September 13, 2018

Recently, a new prime minister – PM Scott Morrison – was ushered in to replace the out of favour Malcolm Turnbull. In this short piece,…

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September 7, 2018

Britain's Sudden 180° turn from Brexit  A country's GDP is a very important statistic, being the determinant of economic health and growth and all. Macroeconomic…

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Understanding Blockchain
September 4, 2018

What is blockchain? Blockchain is a data storage technology created by researchers in 1991 to put digital timestamps on documents in a way that makes…

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Are Tesla Management Asleep At The Wheel?
August 29, 2018

The multibillion-dollar automaker Tesla is no stranger to headline-making controversies. From Musk’s impulsive and controversial tweets, to the company’s worsening financial health, Tesla is seemingly…

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Why Is America Such A Big Deal?
August 27, 2018

The birth of a superpower To understand America’s position today in the world, we must first understand how America came to power. Simply put, America’s…

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Putting a Dent in the Glass Ceiling: Quotas, Biology and The Financial Sector
August 23, 2018

The Need For Quotas One of Japan’s most prestigious medical schools, Tokyo Medical University, has recently admitted to deliberately altering entrance exam scores of female…

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Trump’s Tariff Warfare
August 21, 2018

Since his 2017 inauguration, Trump’s diplomatic affairs have been controversial at best, with the 45th President using the dominance of the North American economy as…

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August Reporting Season Review: The Australian Banking System
August 15, 2018

Where Are We Now: The Current Banking Landscape Amidst escalating allegations and revelations of financial misconduct, the Australian banking sector has faced intense scrutiny by…

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August 15, 2018

In the early 1800s, ninety-percent of the world lived in absolute poverty... Today, just ten-percent does. How is this possible? There are many reasons, but…

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August 12, 2018

The typical view of Australia’s export market is that of wool, wheat and meat. However, anyone paying attention to the figures knows that Australia’s rural…

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Apple and the Rise of the Mega-Companies
August 12, 2018

As Thursday’s market closed, Apple reached a milestone $1 trillion valuation, untouched by any other company globally. This achievement was plastered across news headlines everywhere,…

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American Gun Laws: Politics and Culture
August 9, 2018

Politicised Youth "Politicise my Death." It is a chilling statement with an even more harrowing origin that has received the support of over 2,000 signatures.…

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Abenomics 101
August 7, 2018

Japan – the economy in the context  Prior to the introduction of Abenomics—a set of monetary and fiscal policies, as well as structural reforms devised…

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France, Russia or No One: Who Really Wins from Major Sporting Events?
August 1, 2018

As Russia winds down a month of football festivities, we are left to wonder whether the World Cup, and major sporting events in general, enhance…

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The Ins and Outs: International Students in Australia
July 31, 2018

International students are a big deal. Across the globe, international students continue to make up an ever-increasing part of the student populace. This should be…

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Past, Present and Future: The Australian Mergers and Acquisitions Landscape
May 15, 2018

Current global M&A levels Global M&A had their strongest start ever in Q1 2018, totalling $1.2 trillion USD in value, a 67% year on year…

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Chinese Oil Futures 2.0
May 8, 2018

Introduction China finally has their very own oil futures contract after many years in the making, which marks a significant milestone for China’s oil industry…

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What makes Human Resources Important?
May 8, 2018

Labour is undeniably one of the most fundamental resources a company can possess and utilize. Thus, proper management of such a resource is a necessity…

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Globalisation: Past, Present and Future
May 1, 2018

From land exploration in the 16th century to the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century and the mass cross-border investment flows of the 21st…

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A turning point in Australian energy policy
April 24, 2018

Energy woes have taken to new heights as surges in prices and a fall in reliability raise major concerns, with South Australia sticking out like…

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Who Wins? Trade War between US and China
April 24, 2018

It all commenced with Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign when he announced that his administration would be implementing a steep 35%-45% tariff on Chinese imports,…

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Young, Wild and Free: The nascent US medical marijuana industry rising to a new high
April 14, 2018

What is medical marijuana and where can I get some? Medical marijuana or medical cannabis is the recommended use of marijuana by doctors to improve…

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Economic Implications of Increasing Foreign Retailers in Australia
April 12, 2018

Globalization, a phenomenon that has engulfed the entire world hasn’t left Australia untouched by its presence. It has significantly shaped and continues to reshape the…

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April 10, 2018

Introduction Transport projects are high on the agenda for the Australian government (Infrastructure Australia, 2018). Urban congestion has continued to plague the population of Australia,…

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Trumponomics: The Wider Implications of US Corporate Tax Reform
March 29, 2018

In December 2017, the US Republican Senate slashed the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21% and the personal tax rate from 39.6% to…

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March 29, 2018

To any individual that has a keen interest in the automotive industry and modern technology, Elon Musk’s Tesla is not unheard of. It is one…

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March 27, 2018

Spotify is a service that conveniently streams music, video and podcasts to millions of users around the world. The breakthrough and game-changing nature of Spotify…

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Tapping into the Sino-Australian Relationship
October 6, 2017

The Australia-China relationship is based off trade dealings and investment opportunities. In 1972, both nations chartered diplomatic relations that led Australia to build an embassy…

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Under the Weather: the Impact of Hurricane Harvey
September 15, 2017

Hurricane Harvey, alongside Irma, are amongst the largest hurricanes to have made landfall in the United States. According to Accuweather (2017), Hurricane Harvey was considered…

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The Psychology of Investing
September 14, 2017

The Psychology of Investing A successful investment firm requires a meticulously selected team. Just as the Golden State Warriors have spent an extraordinary amount of…

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The End of Cash
September 2, 2017

Cryptocurrency, introduced Cryptocurrency is taking the business world by storm, paving the way for digital currencies as the payment method of the future. Decentralized from…

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September 1, 2017

In early 2008, celebrated investor Warren Buffet wagered $1 million that over a ten year period an S&P 500 index fund would outperform a portfolio…

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June 20, 2017

After several decades of gradually bridging the gap between men and women’s average weekly salary, the world continues to witness the effects of industry based…

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The Rise of the Circular Economy
June 20, 2017

Over 2.12 billion tonnes of waste is generated globally each year. Some of this waste is recycled, but a lot of it is dumped, causing…

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June 20, 2017

In the classic film series, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg assassin, The Terminator, sent back from 2029, was able to learn and develop from human interaction, including…

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The Future of the Internet of Things and Big Data
June 20, 2017

We are living in an age of information that, even thirty years ago, people could not have possibly imagined. Type up a document at work,…

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Australian Housing Bubble: Reality or Fiction?
June 20, 2017

What is a housing bubble? A housing market bubble, in simple terms, means that property prices will rise significantly nationwide before a crash of prices…

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June 20, 2017

There is something undoubtedly fun about blowing and bursting bubbles. But try telling that to the Australian housing market. What is a housing bubble? The…

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June 20, 2017

The previous decade has seen a decline in piracy and illegal music downloading due in part to the increase of legal music streaming services. During…

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May 18, 2017

Debt is one of the most important aspects of the economy. Debt helps businesses, governments, individuals, either as borrowers or lenders, grow at a faster…

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April 20, 2017

In a pre-election, Aug. 9 interview with Fox News Channel, Trump said: “If rates go up, you’re going to see something that’s not pretty. It’s…

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April 20, 2017

This year Snap Inc. the developer of Snapchat had its Initial Public Offering (IPO) causing investors to fixate on the valuation of the social media…

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Could Elon Musk’s Battery farm supercharge South Australia’s electricity supply?
April 20, 2017

It seems audacious, because it is. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has wagered to resolve South Australia’s potential electricity shortage in 100 days by building a…

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The Effect Inflation and Interest Rates on Global Equities
April 20, 2017

Background on Interest Rates and Inflation Throughout history, economists have been divided over finding an effective response to the constantly changing nature of inflation and…

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Hosting the Olympic Games: Is it worth it?
September 14, 2016

The Olympic games have long since been a means to display an array of talents, vast cultural exchanges and application of peaceful global interactions. As…

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Bespoke Tranche Opportunities: Is the Big Short 2.0 looming?
September 11, 2016

Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs) were one of the main catalysts of the GFC, amplifying a 2% GDP hit on the housing market to a global…

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The Olympic Games: Tracking the Economic Evolution
August 23, 2016

Before the GFC in 2008, Brazil’s economy was experiencing high levels of growth. It was widely predicted that the 2016 Rio Olympics would flaunt the…

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August 23, 2016

Since Britain’s embark into the European Union in 1973, Britain’s relationship with the EU has been fraught. Thus, unsurprising to some, but a shock to…

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August 17, 2016

The 2016 Federal Budget, handed down by The Liberal Party (LNP), included budgetary alterations to areas such as small businesses, taxation and youth employment. However,…

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Why are the French building $50B submarines in Adelaide?
August 17, 2016

Australia’s perceived vulnerability of being a Western state deeply rooted in the Asia Pacific region could not be more clear following the Coalition’s recent decision…

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Saudi Arabia’s New Plan.
August 17, 2016

Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman stood confidently before the array of journalists as a beacon of light for the economic depravity that Saudi Arabia…

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New Growth Industry: Organic Food
August 17, 2016

Due to a boom in popularity, demand for Australian organic products has outweighed supply by almost 40% in certain segments, most significantly the US, China,…

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Digital Currency for the Digital Era
August 17, 2016

Bitcoin has another time appeared in newspaper headlines when an Australian business Craig Steven claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym of the inventor of…

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How Students Fund their Education
August 17, 2016

How will proposed changes to HECS impact university students? The Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) was introduced in 1989, since then, HECS has become an…

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The Problem with Inequality
August 17, 2016

The Oxford Dictionary defines income inequality as a difference in size, degree and circumstances. It spans across a broad range of issues from gender and…

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CREDIT RATING AGENCIES: ARE THEY TO JUDGE?
April 20, 2016

A change in credit rating is big news. If the media is used as a measuring stick, there are not many things out there that…

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April 20, 2016

After years of implementation, in October 2015 China announced its decision to lift the one-child policy and adopt a more lenient two-child policy, in an…

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AUSTRALIA’S NEXT BOOM: THE INNOVATION BOOM
April 20, 2016

Innovation is at the heart of a strong economy, it keeps us competitive, creates jobs and maintains a high standard of living. It’s not just…

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Transurban: its monopoly on the toll road industry
April 20, 2016

A top 20 publicly listed company in Australia by market capitalisation. This is where Transurban Group (ASX: TCL) stands today. The Melbourne-based company that was…

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April 20, 2016

In contemporary society, globalisation represents the ongoing development of technology in order to optimize several facets of human life including mundane aspects such as commutation.…

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The State vs. the Corporate: Winners and losers of failed Pfizer-Allergan merger
April 11, 2016

In November 2015 Pfizer announced a $220 billion merger with Allergan to create the worlds largest pharmaceutical company. The success of this merger would have…

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The Collapse of Dick Smith, but will it rise again?
April 11, 2016

Struggled to re-finance its debt, the electronics retailer Dick Smith was forced to close all of its stores due to failing attempts to sell the…

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The Economics of Terror and the Consequences of the Belgian Attacks
April 11, 2016

While acts of terror stem from a perceived social or political injustice, along with the idea that violence may prove a compelling call for change…

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April 11, 2016

Stock and securities trading has evolved immensely over the course of history from the time the first stock exchange was opened in Amsterdam in 1602.…

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Summertime Sadness – UK decides if the European Dream is actually a nightmare
April 11, 2016

All eyes of the world were on Brussels, Belgium, as a terrible catastrophe destroyed dozens of lives. British citizens, while paying their respects, were also…

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Developed countries resting on shaky BRICS
April 3, 2016

For the first decade of the 21st century BRICS’ (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) future seemed concrete. BRICS, along with other developing nations,…

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Increasing the GST: To burden or not to burden?
April 3, 2016

The latter half of the 20th century showcased the prominent emergence of socialist democratic parties across the world. This political ideology supports “social justice” through…

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April 3, 2016

Recent global headlines have been dominated by the emergence of tech industries and the jaw-dropping valuations of “unicorns”- startup companies with valuations of over $1…

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Mobile-Apps: The ‘Next Big Thing’ Driving Business Growth
April 3, 2016

In recent years it has become almost impossible to ignore the world’s movement online, with the millennial generation leading the way into the ‘on-demand economy’.…

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Stock Market Circuit Breakers: Induced Fear or Saving Grace?
April 3, 2016

In response to the market collapse on the 24th of August 2015, the China Securities Regulatory Commission announced that circuit breakers would be introduced into…

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Investors Start to Think Outside the Box
March 21, 2016

The rapid rise in Australian real estate prices has raised concerns of a dangerous property ‘bubble’ forming, where the ‘bursting’ would be due to the…

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Everything you needed to know about the money of the American elections: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of corruption
March 21, 2016

“There are two things that are important in politics. One is money, and I can’t remember what the other one is” – Senator Mark Hannah…

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Japan’s Negative Interests – Not As ‘Negative’ As It Sounds
March 21, 2016

Is a negative interest rate unorthodox? Yes. But it is not that unusual. First implemented by the Swiss government in 1970, this monetary policy was…

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Big banks getting away with murder – yet again
March 21, 2016

  Recent allegations faced by ANZ in regards to the rigging of interest rates shines a light on illegal conduct in Australian markets. Investigations in…

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The Volkswagen Emission Scandal
March 19, 2016

An Introduction In May 2014, Bernd Gottweis, a quality control at Volkswagen AG executive warned the company’s top management about an upcoming investigation by U.S.…

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Tumbling Stock Markets
August 31, 2015

Global market crashes have always been a serious issue for investors because of their potential to cause havoc and financial distress all around the world.…

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The Australian Future
August 31, 2015

Today, Australia is facing major hardships in its strongest industries mining and manufacturing. With the recent decline in world demand for iron ore and the…

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The Path to Uberfication
August 31, 2015

The transportation network company Uber have revolutionised the way drivers connect with passengers. Although battling numerous court cases and causing global strikes, the six year…

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Detroit’s US economy relevance
August 31, 2015

After a 50 year economic decline, which resulted in bankruptcy, Detroit is on the up after diversifying its industrial composition. Detroit, once a bustling metropolis…

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How much do you know about your HECs Debt?
August 24, 2015

All Australian university students will have some interaction or reliance on HECS, whether it is through themselves, their friends or their institution. Its ubiquity over…

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China’s Stock Market Crash
August 24, 2015

The booming performance of China’s stock market was put to an abrupt end due to risky investor practices and the nation’s declining economic growth. To…

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Tianjin: A Future in Pieces
August 24, 2015

Recently, two seismic explosions in the port city of Tianjin, China has left the city in devastation and ruin. Being merely 30 seconds apart, both…

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Depreciation of the Chinese RMB
August 24, 2015

China’s central bank has recently devalued its currency by over 2% against the US dollar. By depreciating the Chinese Yuan, it created great concerns for…

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Capital Controls – Good or Bad?
July 27, 2015

The term “capital controls” has been heavily featured in the media right across the world of late, as the Syriza-led Greek government placed restrictions on…

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A Look into the Economy of the Philippines
July 27, 2015

An individual, such as myself, born in Australia to an Australian father and a Filipino mother, is not too much of an oddity in our…

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The fall of the Australian Dollar
July 27, 2015

It was a dramatic day for the Australian Dollar on the 20th of July as it hit a six-year low against the US Dollar. The…

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ASEAN: All Set to Go?
July 27, 2015

Asia is no longer just about China and India anymore. Over the past few years, the global economic power was shifted away from the advanced…

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A Drachmatic Proposal
July 27, 2015

With its back to the wall and a rapidly deteriorating economic situation, it is hardly surprising that all eyes are turned to Greece in recent…

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