Factors to consider when investing in direct shares

Australia has one of the highest rates of share ownership in the world. According to an ASX Australian Investor Study, approximately 37 per cent of Australian adults hold shares either directly (31 per cent) or indirectly (7 per cent derivatives and 11 per cent invest in other on-exchange investments), making us a country with one of the highest rates of share ownership in the world. Some investors find buying individual shares enjoyable and rewarding. Others may find it deadly dull,...

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10 Ways to save money in the kitchen and Save the Planet

Looking to reduce your impact on the environment and save money? Making your kitchen more eco-friendly helps both the planet and your bank account! Use the tips below to save money in the kitchen and help save the planet.    1. Plan Meals in Advance A little planning goes a long way! Set aside time each week to plan your meals. List exactly what ingredients you’ll need for each meal and add them to your grocery list. This step alone will help you avoid unnecessary purchases at the store....

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Four easy New Year’s resolutions for business management

Instead of signing yourself up for guilt, why not spend this January getting to know yourself and work towards making business management changes that will have a lasting, positive impact? Are you already jaded by the thought of another January spent making resolutions for your business that you know you won’t keep? Maybe you need to change the way you think and, instead of striving for unattainable goals, focus on making small improvements that will have a positive impact. The first step to...

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Global investing

There are plenty of good reasons why Australian investors feel more comfortable investing at home. Investing overseas is unfamiliar. Foreign exchange movements often feel like too much of a risk. Overseas companies can be difficult to get information on. Sometimes they operate in different languages. It's understandable that we prefer investing at home but this preference often comes at the cost of returns. Home bias – as it's called – affects many local investors. In fact, three in four...

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How to reduce your small business carbon footprint

As climate strikes continue to take place around the world, some small business owners are asking whether they can reduce their carbon footprint. Climate change is being heralded as perhaps the most serious issue our generation faces, with many initiatives taking place around the world to raise awareness about its potential impacts. Aside from being an issue discussed in government, homes and schools, climate change has moved to the top of the agenda for businesses as well. In September, tens of...

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Affordable Destinations for Health and Wellness Holidays

If you struggle to stick to a healthy diet, don't exercise regularly or can't make time for peaceful moments of rest, chances are you need a holiday - and don’t we all! The thing is, we often jet off to exotic shores only to overindulge in junk food, a few too many sunset cocktails and late nights that add up to pure exhaustion on the plane ride home.  And, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you want to take a break that truly results in a rejuvenated mind, body and spirit, health...

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