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  1. Please find below a brief roundup of this week major currencies. EUR: Rumours and stories of a new and conclusive solution to the Euroland debt crisis came thick and fast: The new Spanish austerity package would make the Spartans look like Barbra Cartland; the jointly-guaranteed "eurobond" project would be revived; the IMF would lend €600bn to Italy. None turned out to be true but collectively they supported the euro. Nevertheless, investors are increasingly reluctant to lend their hard-earned to Euroland governments. They need serious action to stabilise the situation and they need it now. USD: The failure of a Congressional "supercommittee" to agree on a deficit-reduction programme has not put off investors in US Treasury bills and bonds. They can live with the stalemate because they know America will always repay its debts; it can print as many dollars as it needs. The same is not true of euro zone governments, none of which has the same printing power. Greece or Italy could default; the US cannot. AUD: An almost total lack of Australian economic data left the Aussie to wander around in the unlikely company of the Swiss franc and Japanese yen. They were accompanied by the Canadian dollar, which also had no place of its own to go. The commodity currencies received a boost early this Monday after the report that the IMF would hand over €600bn to cover Italy's refinancing needs for the next year. It was enough to turn a losing week into a winning one for the Aussie. NZD: Like the AUD, the NZD found itself in the middle of the field after a strange week in which market liquidity was drained by the US holiday and investor's appetite to get involved was hampered by their lack of conviction, especially with regard to the euro. The NZ dollar's big break came this Monday morning when Prime Minister John Key's National Party won the general election by a street. Investors think he will deliver free markets and a balanced budget. CAD: The Loonie kept company with its antipodean cousins, neither shining nor sinking in mid-league. A 1.0% monthly increase for retail sales in September was twice as strong as expected and therefore positive for the currency, but it served more to nudge than to drive its direction. Had it not been for the Keys election win in New Zealand the Canadian dollar would have come through the week as the commodity currencies' leader. GBP: Sterling was far from successful in the week's currency lottery, sharing penultimate place with the South African rand. It did nothing wrong; the UK economic statistics were mostly in line with or better than expectations. The problem was that investors seemed more inclined to buy the euro on good news than sell it on bad. Because they were buying US dollars anyway the pound got the rough end of the stick.
  2. http://www.garp.org/risk-news-and-resources/risk-headlines/story.aspx?newsid=38921 Well, the title says it all. Now, although it can be seen as weakness in the economy - and we do know that some sectors are not faring nicely - it could also be a preemptive move by the government to avoid having speculators pump the currency to extreme highs, thus hurting the education, tourism, and other sectors (and making it harder for people to migrate). A key figure to look at is the unemployment situation and new job creation. I would like readers to share insights on the job situation, salary increases/decreases, and bonus payments etc. How are Australians faring on these fronts?
  3. Hi all I know this might not be directly relevant to some members, however please see a brief summary below of the major global currencies (I have received some requests for this type of information). AUD: The weak US payrolls number hit every commodity-related currency hard because, as legend has it, if America sneezes the global economy catches a cold. That has not prevented the Aussie from hitting a record high against the pound and coming close to its all-time high against the dollar but it might be a sign that an end to the one-way street is in sight. USD: If President Obama and the house of representatives cannot reach agreement on the budget and the debt ceiling the United states government will run out of money on 2 August. Few believe it will come to that but the possibility makes investors nervous about the dollar. Last week's horrendously soft payrolls number is another reason for their dislike. NZD: New Zealand's products are mainly meat and dairy, exports which unlikely to be compromised in any major way by the possible fall in demand for minerals and metals. In the last week the Kiwi has scored record highs against the US dollar, the euro and the pound. It might have further to go. CAD: Canada's economy is closely aligned to that of the United States and to global demand for oil, of which it is a major exporter. With the US economy stuttering and the risk of a financial crisis in Europe dampening global risk-appetite the Loonie is fighting on two fronts. ZAR: While the rand is vulnerable to any reduction in demand for commodities, one of its products - gold - is as popular today as it ever has been. On top of that South Africa's 5.5% benchmark interest rate comfortably outweighs its 4.6% inflation rate, a situation that no European or North American currency can match. EUR: The failure of EU ministers to come up with a comprehensive and permanent solution to the Greek debt crisis is turning into a disaster for the euro. The longer they fail to sort it out, the worse investors fear the problem will become. Italy has now joined Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain on the list of government bonds that investors least like to own. As a result the euro has lost ground and is likely to lose more.
  4. Hi guys I need your help in order to advance in tye decision to move to asutralia or not Currently i am living in spain , and to be honest. I have a familiy with one child of 6 years old. I ve just received an offer from my company to be moved to sydney for 3 years and they need an answer next week. The role is regional manager sales and services managing 13 people and an important budget of fhe company. To be honest, I am very lost and nervous becasue it is being diffccult for me to understand if the offer is good or not. Basically the package they are offering me is as follows: Salary base:120.000 $ + supperannuation 10 % Company caf fully maintained relocation cost : 15.000 $ As i am moving with my family and this will be the only income , so i have to rent a house and pay for the scholl of my baby as a minimum, could you please tell me your opinion about the offer? In particular i would like o understand : - will i cover the main expenses? - is enough to enjoy australia, travel etc...? - is alligned with the average salary for this kind of role As a reference today in spain i perceived a medium - high salary, so my position in spain is comfortable in economic terms. Thanks a lot for your feedback , would be fantastic hear your opinions
  5. This isn't meant to be a depressing thread, far from it, but having had a sh7t week thought I would put it down on paper. It's not JUST this week that has made me write this saga,:embarrassed:, but at times (and I realise this sounds selfish) I think the key to life is 'Simplicity'. When we are born, if we are lucky we have our families around us, as we grow we have many loved ones in our lives and gradually as we get older we get friends, some have children, houses, cars materialistic goods, pets, more friends, the list is endless. As we grow we seem to accumulate a lot of things, not only humans, but like I said, the more peripheral things that we seem to believe we need. Firstly I will say this, whilst these things can bring about ENORMOUS joy and happiness, and I will reiterate that point, ENORMOUS happiness, they can at the same time bring heartbreak, grief and sorrow. This is going to sound harsh I know, but if I had my life over again I honestly 'think' I may say, 'Me and me alone', no family, friends, materialistic goods, pets, etc, etc. I realise that sounds harsh, and there will be many that call me selfish for saying such a thing, but that is the I feel at the present time and have done in the past. A lot of the time I have spent my life wondering what the hell did I do to deserve to be treated in such a way, at times it was solely my FAULT, but all the same I often wonder what my life would have been like if I had been on my todd, with no emotional or materialistic things to my name. I DO HAVE a very loving family, a small but lovely house, three pets, a few friends, etc, and I realise that without these things/people in my life I would have missed so much love, friendship etc, BUT. In equal measure if not more the same things that bring me happiness have also bought me grief, sadness and hurt. As I said, I know full well that I will come over as selfish to some, and I fully expect to be castigated for this thread, but is being honest is all. Would my life have been any easier without these people and things in my life, I have NO idea, but would be willing to bet that I 'may' have had a more settled mindset at times. I realise that as humans we are born to interact with others around us, and rightly so, but I am just showing the flip side of the coin. I HAVE been by myself for a substantial period of time, and at those times I was one of the most depressed, miserable old gits you would ever want to meet, but these feelings ONLY came about because before I was by myself I had the love and companionship of many around me, now if I had not had this in my life originally wouldn't I have felt differently about being alone. I can't really put it into words but I guess what I am trying to say is that despite the people I have met, the love I have received and given, the 'things' I have acquired, whilst they bought joy and happiness, they also (in my case) bought about pain, grief and bloody despair. This is NOT a miserable thread, far from it, as I said I have a lovely wife, two fantastic children, and I realise I am VERY LUCKY compared to some. This is not an attack on people who have loving relationships etc, far from it, just a very PERSONAL point of view is all. I am not perfect, far from it, and I KNOW that some people would also said the same about me, that they wish they had never met me. But I honestly don't regret meeting anyone in my life, or indeed having the experiences I have had (good and bad). Just at times I think it would have been easier if I had become a hermit and not entered the 'real' world. I am FAR from miserable, even at the worst of times, I try my very best to make those around me happy and contented, so I at present relatively happy with my lot, AND I realise that compared to some I have lived a life on easy street, so I hope you understand a bit of where I am coming from. Cheers all for reading. Tony.:eek::wink:
  6. Hi, I will be starting the process of getting quotes on shipping to Sydney in a few months, and was wondering what are some of the critical questions you need to ask your prospective shipper... ? I think it would be useful to have a list of questions ready for them. Thanks in advance, Saffir in Oz (or rather soon to be)
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  8. The Conservatives are on course for a convincing election victory after a new poll for The Daily Telegraph showed the party is leading Labour by 12 points in crucial marginal constituencies. On the eve of tonight’s first ever leaders’ television debate, the most comprehensive survey of swing seats since the campaign began showed David Cameron comfortably ahead. Keep going Cameron, put the UK back on track, I know it will take years to repair the damage done by Brown and his bunch of idiots! General Election 2010: Conservatives lead in 100 key seats, Telegraph poll shows - Telegraph
  9. Has anyone stayed at Key Largo Apartments at Burleigh heads. I've spent hours on the net trying to find somewhere to stay for 2 weeks in May/June and now i'm about to book i'm worried in case it's not nice. My daughter doesn't want to move to Oz so first impressions will definitely count. We need to win her over a bit lol.
  10. Hi there, hoping someone can help... I have been trying to find out information about whether it would be possible to get a working visa / make a move to oz and have tried to explore different options though I am not coming up with definative answers so was hoping somebody here would know more than me to see if I am legible I am 34 Brit living in London with my career experience being in marketing & advertising. I have tried the option of getting a family member (auntie resident in perth) to sponsor me, though I have heard that they don't allow this anymore - is this correct? Does anyone have any suggestions how to increase my chances of getting sponsored, what i need to do, is it really tough, and what my overall chances are! really would appreciate some advice, a point in the right direction, i realise that its difficult but I would like to try my best for this... hoping for some advice Thanks
  11. To discuss closer business relationships with New Zealand. Excellent about time and it can only be positive.
  12. Hi Hoping to be in Perth next July. Just wondering the best way to get into teaching out there. After any advice from anyone in the education sector. I have had my degree given the o.k. I have been looking on the web and I can hardly find any teaching jobs maybe I am not looking in the right places. Do they have many supply agencies out there? I know the pay is a lot less than here! would like to work part time with full time wages and with childcare thrown in (dreaming!) cheers for reading joe x:spinny::mask:
  13. Hi all I'm new to this forum and have spent a lot of time reading all your helpful advice and info on life in Oz. I'm 25, and planning to fly out in Sept on the Working Holiday Visa, with the intention of being sponsored (I think I'll be ok with the visas, so I'm not too concerned about that). I must also stress that I'm struggling to control my excitement over this new part of my life. I'm not sure how long I'll stay, but if I'm happy then why come back?! I'm hoping to head to Brisbane becuase there's quite a bit of work in my Transport Engineering, although I'm also looking at Sydney, but I'll decide when I have some interviews and see what's available. I have a rough idea of my potential salary, and it is surprisingly close to my current UK salary. But given the ridiculous cost of housing, running a car, and drinking in pubs/bars etc in the UK, i think I'll be somewhat better off living in an Oz city without a car and with a different lifestyle. What I'd really like to know is the cost a few key items which I think would give a good indication as to the real cost of living, becuase I seem to hear quite varied reports on the differences in costs with the UK. So please could any of you post any info on the costs of the following. Please could you also state your location in Oz, as that will provide a more useful result. Here is a list of what I think would be good items to judge costs (UK prices in brackets for non-London locations) 1) Regular McDonalds Meal (£3.29) 2) Pint of beer from a standard bar/pub (I know pints aren't common there, but the equivalent would be useful!) (£2.70) 3) 1 litre of petrol (95p) 4) 6 pack of beer from supermarket (£4.99 ish?) 5) Lunch meal deal from most high street shops- Sandwich, bag of crisps, bottle of coke (£2.99) I know this list might make me look like some sort of beer-guzzling, food monster who's too lazy to walk anywhere, but I think these are the main costs in my life at the mo. Also, everyone usually refers to the cost of housing, weekly shopping, bills etc... which are all so dependent on the family size, lifestyle, location etc! I think the items I have listed are a good measure to use. So, please can you reply with the costs you have experienced (Oz $ or GBP is cool, whatever is easier for you) and your location in Oz. Thanks for all your super advice, keep it up! I will add my experiences when I have arrived and settled, Rich
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