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Investors are buying stocks and bonds at the same time, which...

Investors are buying into the riskiness of stocks, but they're also buying the security of the bond market. That's not the usual course for markets, but it has happened before. The conflicting investment trend comes after the Federal Reserve made an about face on its tightening policy, making risk assets more attractive. It also comes…

Banking royal commission: what it means for you

Your financial planning "The commission is probably the best thing ever that has happened to Australian financial services for the benefit of the public," says Daniel Brammall, co-director of Brocktons Independent Advisory and president of the Independent Financial Advisers Association of Australia. "This is the value of independence – you don't expect a royal commission…

Graham Nash, Brandi Carlile, and more artists on what Joni Mitchell...

To singer Brandi Carlile, Joni Mitchell is “the most revolutionary songwriter alive.” To Rufus Wainwright, she’s the “ultimate communicator of inner feelings,” while jazz keyboardist Diana Krall has special awe for her skills as a piano player. “On top of all of her other talents, the musicianship in her songs is extraordinary,” she says. Small…

What an Order of Australia means and how to get one

"Who knows, perhaps I did the same way back then. There are always people who are curious – and that includes people who might like or dislike you. The question is the same but the tone can alter considerably." AO stands for Officer of the Order. If one judges, as most do, the level of…

The Blacklist bosses on what Liz’s decision, Red’s ‘dangerous’ new situation means...

Warning: The following contains spoilers from the first two episodes of The Blacklist season 6. Read at your own risk! Raymond Reddington (James Spader) has finally been captured — but he’s not going to go down without a fight. At the end of the two-part season 6 premiere of NBC’s The Blacklist, Red tells Liz (Megan Boone)…

The great holiday home reshuffle: what negative gearing means for the...

They could push for a price cut of "at least 10 per cent more", Peleg says. Labor's proposed change to investment-housing tax breaks will shift the sands under the nation's stock of beach houses. The plan is for negative gearing to apply in the future only to new-build properties. While some people keep their coastal…

From the 1970s to today, Jerry Brown defined modern California. What...

While Brown has focused on climate change during his final term, he will also be remembered for bringing the state back from the brink of financial disaster. California had the lowest rated credit among the 50 states starting in early 2009 and it continued into 2010. "When I took office way back in 2011, California…

We are now in a Bear Market — here’s what that...

It's helpful to know what a "bear market" is, because based on history it looks like we could be here for a while. The term on Wall Street is synonymous with serious, long-lasting declines in stock markets. In numeric terms, a bear market is a 20 percent or more drop from a recent peak. The…

What the banking royal commission means for you

Home loans It is widely expected Hayne's crackdown on irresponsible lending could make it even harder for occupiers and investors to get a home loan. One of the sticking points in the banking royal commission was banks' irresponsible lending practices and their reliance on a benchmark, known as the household expenditure benchmark (HEM), in approving…

Here’s what the 2019 Arrowverse crossover title means — and why...

In October 2014, the series premiere of The Flash teased that a crisis was coming in 2024. Now, it seems as though that cataclysmic event will be here sooner than we thought. Not only did Tuesday night’s Supergirl, the final hour of the Arrowverse’s “Elseworlds” crossover, tie up the three-night event’s reality-altering storyline, but it also…
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