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FINANCE: Does money bring happiness?

The short answer is ‘yes’, but only up to a point. People in richer countries are, collectively, happier than people in poor countries. Within countries, people with higher incomes are generally happier than people on low incomes. Surprisingly, as soon as basic living needs are met, the amount of happiness gained from each additional dollar […]

FINANCE FOCUS: What does GDP mean for you and me?

GDP. If ever there were three letters designed to make us yawn, these would be solid contenders. So why are they so frequently on the lips of politicians, economists and finance journalists? More importantly, what does GDP mean for everyday Australians like you and me? Let’s get the boring bit out of the way first. […]

FINANCE FOCUS | What really drives interest rates?

The Reserve Bank of Australia and the major trading banks might play the most visible role in setting interest rates, but in many cases they are being reactive rather than proactive. A wide range of external factors feed into their decision-making process, including in no small part, our collective behaviour as investors and savers, borrowers […]

PHOTOS | Lanes help turn a dream into award-winning reality

Owning your own home is the great Australian dream – particularly if you design it from scratch. Horsham couple Rohan and Michelle Brown turned a dream into reality by teaming with Justin and Jo Lane from Lane Building Contractors. The result was so impressive it won the Lanes a 2017 Master Builders Award. The Master […]

FINANCE FOCUS: You’ve been scammed

If you are over 50, male, highly educated, financially literate and manage your own super, beware. You are at a higher risk of being the target – and victim – of organised investment fraud. This isn’t necessarily because your demographic is particularly gullible. Rather, it’s because you’re more likely to control higher levels of wealth, […]

New liquor outlet approved for Horsham

Horsham will have a new liquor store after Horsham Rural City Council granted a planning permit following debate on Monday night. Five of seven councillors voted to allow On Tap Liquor Consulting to sell packaged liquor from the former Supercheap Auto building at 66 Hamilton Street. Crs Josh Koenig and John Robinson voted against granting […]

FINANCE FOCUS: Reap the rewards of compounding

The real power of investment comes from compounding returns – the process of putting your investment income straight back to work so it can earn more income. To help their investors reap the rewards of compounding, many companies offer dividend reinvestment plans, DRPs. Under a DRP, investors can choose to use some or all of […]

Jaala Pulford goes in to bat for Kooka’s Country Cookies

Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford has won an agreement from Woolworths to review a decision to remove Donald-produced Kooka’s Country Cookies products from its supermarket shelves. Representatives from the supermarket giant confirmed after a meeting with Ms Pulford they would review the move to withdraw the products from Australian stores outside Victoria and Tasmania. Ms […]

Horsham Oliver’s Real Food to boost employment, healthy options

A company working to change the face of traditional ‘fast food’ in Australia will create between 15 and 20 jobs in Horsham.

Ararat’s AME Systems Australia primed in bid for multi billion-dollar military contract

Ararat’s position as a national as well as state and regional manufacturing hot spot will gather momentum if a Victorian bid for a multi billion-dollar military vehicle contract is successful.

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