4 simple ways to conquer stress AND increase productivity

Our busy lifestyles often mean high levels of stress impacting productivity and health. Research shows practising mindfulness can reverse these effects for improved efficiency and well-being. How many times a week do you feel stressed or overwhelmed? Be honest! If you’re a busy professional, or a struggling solopreneur like me, I imagine not long goes by before you realise things have crept up on you.  When you actually stop for a moment you realise you’re feeling … a tad swamped....

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Is virtual reality the future of aged care?

In a major research collaboration between the Queensland University of Technology and the ageing and aged care industry, experts are working to reconceptualise ageing and how we view it. Emerging technologies such as robotics, automation, and visually interactive design, often associated only with youth, might be the best way to address Australia’s ageing community into the future “Virtual reality, new services, multi-generational communal living and other innovative accommodation models –...

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Getting ready for retirement

As you approach your fifties and sixties, you will probably start to think about retiring. For many women, this can herald a significant change in lifestyle. Some early planning for this new stage of life can help you enjoy a successful transition from work to your retirement. When can you retire? In Australia there is no fixed age at which women have to retire. Currently, you can access superannuation from age 55 to 60 depending on when you were born.You may be entitled to the age pension from...

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Beyond super: Our other personal investment market

Many investors may not realise that Australia's super and non-super personal investment markets are almost equal in value. Yet super tends to dominate the personal investment headlines – particularly in the lead-up to the biggest changes to the super system in at least a decade from July. The Personal Investments Market Projections 2016 report, just published by actuaries and consultants Rice Warner, calculates that the total value of super and non-super personal investments was $4.75...

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New tax concessions favour small business – starting now

It’s taken a lot of give and take between politicians but the proposed changes to small business taxation rules from the 2015/16 Federal Budget have been passed into law. The following have been backdated to apply from 1 July 2016, ie. the 2016/17 financial year: The small business turnover threshold has increased from $2 million to $10 million. This allows more businesses to benefit from a range of concessions, including the $20,000 instant asset write-off and the lower company tax rate. ...

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The risks of trying to pick future winning stocks

It's tough for both professional and personal stock pickers to consistently beat or at least match the market. But maybe many investors don't recognise just how tough it is for stock pickers to succeed. Recent research by a US academic underlines that pickers of individual stocks typically have a minimal chance of achieving a satisfactory return for the risks involved. Professor of finance at Arizona State University Hendrick Bessembinder has compared how the approximately 26,000 stocks that...

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