Daniel Joseph

How do the rich keep getting richer…

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Yesterday some of you might have read the article by Peter Martin on the SMH website stating that to be considered uber-rich you need to earn in excess of $688,700 in Australia. Earning this much places you in the top 0.1% of the population, while earning over $1,000,000 placed you in the top 0.05%. The article also found that since the 1980s in about almost every English-speaking country the inequality between the rich widened each and every year. The recent GFC wiped out the wealth of many people and even bankrupted many rich people in the upper income brackets. Under normal circumstances income inequality should shrink, not expand. How are the rich getting richer?

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Safe As A Bank

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Well,it’s been an interesting week on the world frontier: the tiny island of Cyprus nearly challenged the religious trust that your money is safe in the bank. Freezing assets in the bank one day and then returning them missing 10% could have caused a catastrophe across Europe. The PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) will all require further bailouts in the future, and if the residents of those nations believe the next bailout will mean a tax on their savings then a bank run could ensue across Europe. However, the Cypriot parliament voted no to the tax and have put forward an alternative to guarantee deposits under $100,000 and amalgamate Laiki Bank with the Bank of Cyprus. The details still need to be confirmed, but it looks like for now Cyprus won’t default and will receive the much needed $17 billion bailout.

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Build It Higher

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How will Australia’s cities look in the future? Will it be a Pleasantville-like oasis of low-rise housing where people will commute to work with their electric cars and everyone will own their own block of land? Or will we be a city of high rises like something out of the movie The Fifth Element. Looking at current data it seems like we are moving towards a milder form of a high-rise city where the majority of the population will live in low–medium-rise apartments.

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What about Gen X?

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Poor Gen X; they are usually the least represented generation, Gen Y and the baby boomers are always hogging the limelight. If it isn’t a crazy weekend tainted by Gen Y doing something silly on the social media scene or a baby boomer giving their opinion of how out of control Gen Y are, Gen X are usually shafted into the corner because they don’t create sensationalist headlines that sell advertising space for the media. As much as the above scenario is a generalisation, the same poor representation of Gen X on the retirement scene is usually overshadowed by their parents, The baby boomers. When one thinks of retirement they recall marketing material depicting scenes of baby boomer couples walking along a beach enjoying their retirement or of one retiree going up the escalator and another going down to represent the returns on their super.

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