Author Archives: Stuart Jones

The economic impacts of lockdowns as second waves flare

A further rise in COVID-19 cases around the world is leading to questions about the need for another round of government-mandated lockdowns. Given that there are arguments for and against government lockdowns, we look at what the actual economic outcomes have been in both cases in this Econosights. The backdrop After the majority of the […]

What’s on the cards for Australia now that we have a second wave?

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) had its August board meeting on Tuesday 4th, and though there were no real surprises, I think we can expect more out of the central bank in the coming months. In its meeting, the RBA made mention of the situation unfolding in Victoria, which is sadly seeing COVID-19 infect […]

How To Build A Nourishing Breakfast To Satiate Until Lunch

Your parents weren’t kidding when they said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether you enjoy it sweet or savory, hot or cold, earlier or later, there are a few non-negotiables you should be including. But the first step is eating your food mindfully. Mornings can be busy; getting the kids ready […]

Low rates, high risk? Is it time for first home buyers to enter the market?

With record low interest rates, a flattening housing market and repeated assertions from RBA governor Philip Lowe that a rates rise is not on the horizon, this may be the right time for first home buyers to strike.  Following the August Reserve Bank (RBA) meeting, interest rates remain at 0.25% for August. As recently as July, […]

Four reasons why share markets can continue to hold up as COVID-19 deepens

The news around the pandemic in past weeks has not been promising. New COVID-19 cases have shown early signs of stabilising over recent days, but it’s too soon to call a downtrend in new cases. The world’s largest economy remains under siege from COVID-19 as the virus begins to take hold in the Midwest and […]

Understanding the cost of public liability insurance

Public liability insurance is one of the most important business insurances in Australia. It can cover legal costs and compensation for damages caused by your business operations. For example, a water pipe you installed leaks and damages your client’s property. Or an expensive artefact is damaged by your contractor while painting a client’s home. Or […]

How much do you need to retire comfortably in Australia?

Calculate how much money you might have, how long it will last and how much you’ll need in retirement, with our retirement calculators   Working out how much is enough for retirement depends on many factors, such as your lifestyle, plans for the future, and the number of years you’ll spend retired. Additionally, estimating how […]