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What the ANZ, Suncorp deal means for shareholders

ANZ is seeking $3.5 billion from its shareholders to buy Suncorp’s banking unit. But how will the deal be done and is it a good one for its smaller shareholders?

  • Jonathan Shapiro
Four in five workers believe their performance and in-demand skills warrant pay rises of more than 3 per cent.

Explainer: Are workers getting their fair share of profits?

Comparing total profits and wages over the past two decades reveals a stark divergence between the two, particularly since 2016. But the gap between profits and wages is not quite the full story.

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  • Ronald Mizen
Scott Farquhar said Elon Musk’s directive that employees work in the office for at least 40 hours a week was “something out of the 1950s”.

How often you should be in the office (according to these companies)

The type of job you have and the tasks you need to complete are key in determining the ideal amount of time you should spend in the office, and when.

  • Sally Patten

This Month

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have had a difficult six months.

Watch out, the ATO knows about your crypto investments

The tax office knows if you have cryptocurrencies. Here’s how you’ll be taxed on your dogecoin if you actually make a capital gain this financial year.

  • Lucy Dean
RBA governor Philip Lowe has moved into inflation-fighting mode.

Why a huge jump in wages worries the RBA

The Australian Financial Review delves into the issue of pay: how it is measured, what’s been happening lately, and why a big jump makes the RBA nervous.

  • Ronald Mizen
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Should companies keep salaries a secret?

Is it a good idea to know just how much your colleagues are earning? Talking about your salary is often taboo, but it has its advantages.

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  • Natasha Boddy

What history tells us about falling house prices (in five charts)

Sydney is on track to record a 15 per cent fall in prices, which would be the largest downturn on record. But past cycles provide clues about when the market is likely to recover, and what to look for.

  • Ingrid Fuary-Wagner and Les Hewitt

This one choice could save you $67,375 on your first home

NSW will offer first home buyers the option of paying an annual land tax rather than stamp duty if they buy a property worth up to $1.5 million. Which should they choose?

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  • Campbell Kwan

Why is it raining so much (and is there more to come)?

Sydney has posted its wettest year on record, and it’s only halfway through. So what is causing the downpour, and why is Sydney prone to flooding, particularly now?

  • Mark Ludlow

The real problem with teachers’ pay (in five graphs)

Teachers in NSW have gone on strike three times in six months, arguing they are not earning enough. Here are five graphs that explain how much they get paid.

  • Julie Hare

June

Why it will cost $320b to ditch coal (in three maps and a chart)

The transition away from energy generated by coal on our electricity grid is inevitable, but it will take decades to achieve and cost about $320 billion.

  • Ingrid Fuary-Wagner and Les Hewitt

Why NATO matters more than ever (in four maps)

After the Cold War, the organisation went from being a defensive alliance against the Soviet Union to an expansive one aimed at European peace and stability. Now it’s trying to do both.

  • Hans van Leeuwen and Les Hewitt
The NSW government says healthcare funding arrangements with the federal government are insufficient.

Why we don’t have enough workers to fill jobs (in four graphs)

Australia has 400,000 jobs that just can’t be filled and workers are nowhere to be seen. Here are the five sectors hardest hit.

  • Campbell Kwan
Vatican City is one of the safest places you can visit in Europe, recording only 27 infections since COVID began, and no deaths.

Travelling to Europe in summer? Here’s what you need to know

Australians are bound for the continent en masse over the next few months in what travel agents are dubbing the biggest offshore migration since COVID-19 first hit.

  • Fiona Carruthers
The 20.05 carat emerald-cut solitaire diamond ring that sold for an Australian auction record of $1.3 million hammer, or $1.625 million with buyer’s premium, at Leonard Joel in Sydney.

Is buying a ‘real’ diamond a mug’s game?

With lab-grown diamonds being chemically, physically and optically identical to mined diamonds, what does it mean to buy a “real diamond” today?

  • Campbell Kwan
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Do you need Succession levels of wealth to set up a family trust?

Explainer: Do you have to be rich to start a family trust?

Family trusts have been front and centre of some very public spats between members of Australia’s wealthiest families over the years. But how do they actually work, and can anyone start a trust?

  • Lucy Dean
The Crossroads Hotel was sold by the MacDonald family.

How do you make money from buying a pub?

Venues in major metropolitan areas and even some in regional and coastal towns have changed hands at eye-watering prices since reopening after the pandemic lockdowns ended.

  • Larry Schlesinger

Why it is about to get harder to get a home loan

Banks are scrutinising monthly household expenses and are being more conservative with how much debt they will allow customers to have.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
Gas prices are rising globally, pressuring households and businesses.

Get ready for even higher gas prices (and here’s why)

Prices are on the rise amid a global energy crunch, and it threatens to heighten pressure on households, businesses and the country’s $2 trillion economy.

  • Colin Packham

May

Five maps that show why China’s Pacific pivot is alarming

China wants to sign a region-wide deal with almost a dozen Pacific islands. Here are five maps that explain why security experts are worried about what that means for Australia.

  • Ingrid Fuary-Wagner