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Shared office space used to be just that: cheap digs for start-up enterprises to house their staff before they could afford to hang out their own shingle. These days, co-working is less about being a stop-gap measure and more about…

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A survey of financial institutions that use bankruptcy petitions in pursuit of unpaid debts highlights a number of companies that are particularly aggressive in the way they deal with debtors. Consumers should take note and think carefully about dealing with…

The New Criterion

Hampered to date by a lack of medico awareness, perception issues and a dearth of approved treatments, the local medicinal cannabis sector is showing the first buds of meaningful growth. According to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the country’s medical gatekeeper,…

Kavanagh

Most of the post-Hayne discussion about financial services has been about how regulators can be better resourced and managed to make banks, insurers and wealth management companies behave better. It is as if consumers are passive, helpless bit players in…

The New Criterion

Smart Parking (SPZ) 12c Bad news for British motorists, good news for investors: the parking enforcement and technology group is regaining its verve after a torrid period marked by the loss of customer contracts and management problems within its core…

Kavanagh

When we talk about housing affordability we are really talking about two different things  – deposit affordability and repayment affordability. The deposit hurdle has increased steadily over time, and while it has come down over the past couple of years,…

The New Criterion

Bullion’s romp beyond the record $2000 an ounce level in Aussie dollar terms has prompted investors to take a closer look at the pantheon of ASX-listed local gold producers – despite some problems in the mid tier that have tarnished…

Kavanagh

While the Government is considering what controls it might impose on digital platforms, in response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s critical review of the sector, there are important takeaways for consumers. The ACCC review of digital platforms focused…

The New Criterion

For those who have never heard of Fortnite and are thus showing their advanced age, video gaming (egaming) has become a multi-billion dollar industry sector which in its organised professional form is attracting serious sponsorship and advertising from mainstream consumer…

Kavanagh

A lot of investment managers had trouble navigating the ups and downs of the Australian equity market last financial year, with its big sell-off in the December quarter and strong comeback in the second half of the year. Some believe…