Doctor of what, Doctor Who? Google him?

Many years ago I recall watching the odd episode of Dr Who, but recently, on persistent “proclamation” of its entertainment value, my wife I and finally had a look…

Suffice to say, now I am hooked, but that vice aside, the 50th anniversary is approaching, and Google have innovatively engaged the public (no doubt with millions of hours lost productivity) with a new home page widget.

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Better safe than sorry

Recent crazy storms rolled through SE Qld, bringing some considerable hail and heavy winds.

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Last Sunday, with storms rolling in and threats of hail pending, my brother-in-law and I left the family party we were at, and took our cars to my home, hiding them in the garage and under the deck. Less than 5 mins later we were hit with devastating hail larger than golf balls…

Continue reading Better safe than sorry

Going Postal over new Bikie Laws

New anti-bikie laws have been introduced to combat the growing violence between gangs, particularly on the Gold Coast.

Just to point out how some rules can be a little over the top, aside from the likes of the Ulysses Club being potential targets, any affiliated group of bike riders with logos or insignia could fall foul…

Going Postal in the Bikie Wars

RBA keeps rates at 2.50%

At its meeting today, the RBA decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.5 per cent.

I have been reading a lot around the world at the moment regarding housing policy and economic stimulus. With the mining boom/bust or just wind down still playing out, and China been reported in different ways by a multitude of economists, there is a lot of conjecture in the markets.

On top of that, the ASX Accumulation Index just reached an all time high, so somewhere there is enough positive vibe running to keep people buying shares. What most are asking is when will I see it in my bank account? When does this prosperity start flowing back into the small business and retail sectors and seeing the average person “feeling wealthier”?

View the RBA release here.

RBA lowers rates by 0.25% to 2.50%

At today’s meeting the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) reduced the cash rate by 0.25% to 2.00% pa.

This will not be a surprise to many (including the average economist) with the “odds” yesterday at over 94% that it would go down. Now I’m no Tom Waterhouse but that seems like a favourite to win. Again this will be good news for property investors and mortgaged home owners.

Things have been a little slow around our great land, and the RBA is keeping this in mind as it measures up the chance of further cuts this year. No doubt the election fever will overwhelm it in the coming months.

View the RBA release here.

Who is saving for whom?

“Children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.” 2 Cor 12:14 doesn’t beat around the bush!

In Prov 13:22 we are instructed to leave an inheritance for our children’s children. 1 Tim 5:8 tells us that not providing for your family is worse than being an unbeliever!
Not SpendingGod consistently instructs us to be a blessing to others, and not a burden, and in particular we are called to provide for our children (and their children!).
I’m challenged to step up in my life, be a godly steward of the funds I gain and ensure that I am blessing others and providing for my family appropriately. If I can take away the burden of “needing” to work, how much more can I and my family really help others? Time and resource becomes available, and I want to give those to my children and their children.
So in my life, I have to budget. I have to act responsibly with money, and manage our spending habits. It doesn’t mean we go without in life (God has called my family to blessing now and in the future), I manage this with godly wisdom to build my future.
Lord, please guide me, connect me to wise stewards and help me learn their ways, help me manage my money and my world responsibly and with a view to bless generations.

RBA lowers rates by 0.25% to 2.75%

At today’s meeting the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) reduced the cash rate by 0.25% to 2.75% pa.

While this is good news for the homeowners, many of our retiree clients are feeling the pinch on the deposit side of the coin (no pun intended).

The “peak investment” in the resource section statement seems to be the most troubling for our economy for the next few years, the miners have been pulling back heavily on wages and discretionary spending – much to the detriment of many small mining linked communities and many thousands of workers.

View the RBA release here.