19 April 2021
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Sudden death after 40

The sudden unexpected death of Soprano star, James Gandolfini, raises the vital question – could his and all other sudden cardiac deaths be prevented?

Sugar: the raw deal

Did you know that one teaspoon of sugar equals four grams? You probably did. In any case, I challenge everyone to keep reading and question something. Repeat – one teaspoon = four grams of sugar. Start thinking of how you can analyse the labels. I want to teach everyone how to read labels. Once you […]

Sleep yourself better! Five reasons why you need a good night's sleep

Have you had a hard day at work or with the kids? Turned on the TV or laptop for a bit of downtime, but are now lying in bed, wide-awake, without the faintest idea why your mind is still so alert? You are not alone. So what causes such mental stimulation when all you want […]

Three population bubbles explode

There is a serious myth doing the rounds that the retirement of Australia’s ‘baby boomers’ – that is, those born between 1946 and 1961 – will trigger a massive new wave of housing supply that will swamp incoming demand and depress prices. This fiction was exemplified in an article last week by the commercial property […]

The secret to winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup

In 2011, New Zealand hosts the biggest global sporting event of the year, the Rugby World Cup, which, it saddens me to say, Australia's young warriors have not won since 1999. The World Cup is expected to generate over $1 billion in economic activity, with more than half that figure being pumped into New Zealand's […]

Are females systematically more negative than males?

According to CBA, yes ...

Did the advent of the telephone depersonalise communications?

I wonder whether the development of the telephone paradoxically depersonalised communications. One thing you are struck by when you read history from the pre-telephone days is how intimate and personal the correspondence was. Men writing to each other often did so in a manner that would be described in sensual or homophobic terms today despite […]

You know you have a cost of living problem when Ross Gittins claims otherwise

We all know that Ross Gittins does the RBA's heavy lifting for it. For ages now, I have been arguing that the RBA will be getting very worried about inflation expectations. And when Ross Gittins publishes a pretty remarkable article arguing that the cost of living is not really a problem (wrong), that it has […]

Lambtastic - bring on Australia Day

I have to say the latest instalment from Sam Kekovich is ‘lambtastic’. What a clever way to get people talking and therefore thinking about lamb a lot. It is certainly working as my kids want lamb every second night. Australia Day looms and I have hundreds of lamb recipes but three real favourites. The first […]

On social capital and inequality

While I was on my summer sojourn I took time out from the standard financial markets fare to read two reviews of a new book, Disconnected, by the up and coming Labor MP, Andrew Leigh. Dr Leigh draws on the research he produced while serving as one of ANU’s youngest tenured professors to track the […]

Population + immigration growth falling through floor

As our unemployment rate falls below five per cent, prepare for wage-price spirals. Labour supply is plummeting. From CommSec: "Overall, Australia’s population grew by 1.72 per cent over past year, easing away from the 40-year record pace of 2.2 per cent recorded in the year to March 2009. A total of 215,600 people migrated to […]

Why have Aussie utility prices been rising so rapidly?

One of the RBA Bulletin article looks at the question of why utility prices have been increasing so quickly and includes some very interesting charts (see below and the capital stock chart in particular): “Large increases in the prices of utilities have been a notable feature of consumer price inflation in Australia in recent years, […]

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