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The distinct advantage a trusted financial platform can bring



Whenever you are outlaying any form of capital, you want to ensure that the person or institution you are paying will be around, well and truly after the transaction has been completed, and for many years to come.

This can provide you with the comfort you desire.

The last thing a person wants to feel is insecure, especially when handing large quantities of hard-earned money to invest in a product or company.

So, what features should you look in a broker for when wanting to acquire stocks in a publicly company such as those on the stock market, no matter their location around the world?

Firstly, you want to check that your broker has a strong capital position, meaning it can handle the transaction and the order execution. You wouldn’t want to place your money into a broker account that can’t guarantee your funds will be safe, or that the order will be completed as per your wish.

Holding over $10billion in capital gives Interactive Brokers a distinct advantage, as they are one of the biggest handlers of equity and capital worldwide. And also having $7.1b in excess regulatory capital means you can rest assured the company won’t be going anywhere, any time soon.

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Seeing if the broker is also listed on the stock market exchange can provide extra confidence, as many regulatory hurdles have had to be jumped through, just to list. In the case of Interactive Brokers (NYSE:IBKR), the company is listed on the Nasdaq.

If a company listed on a stock exchange, and operating around the world, it also means that anywhere there is an outlet, they have to be regulated and comply with that jurisdiction’s terms and conditions.

Knowing there are 1.7million clients all over the world who use the Interactive Brokers service also instills confidence, that the financial management company will be around, not only after your stock order is executed, but also after it is sold (hopefully a long time down the track).

Performing around 2.5m daily average revenue trades (or DARTs) also gives assurances that you are not the only person to rely on Interactive Brokers for their services.

For more information about Interactive Brokers, head to this website.

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Workers rush back to their desks over job fears



Workers across Australia are rushing back to their desks, driving office utilisation rates to their highest levels since February 2020.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays emerge as the busiest in-office days, contrasting with the continued reluctance to return on Fridays.

This insight, drawn from XY Sense data based on 18 enterprise customers in Australia employing approximately 68,000 individuals across 127 buildings, reflects a significant shift in workplace dynamics.

The surge in office attendance coincides with a resurgence in workplace attendance mandates and policies linking physical presence to bonuses and performance reviews.

However, co-founder of XY Sense, Alex Birch, suggests that rising job insecurity, rather than these policies, primarily drives this behavioral shift.

“The pendulum has moved towards the employer, and therefore people feel more obliged to go back into work,” commented Mr. Birch.

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Danielle Wood, chairwoman of the Productivity Commission, anticipates this trend to persist as the job market softens.

She notes a disparity between employer and worker perceptions regarding the productivity benefits of hybrid work arrangements, hinting at potential shifts in the employment landscape.

Meanwhile, economists at the e61 Institute observe a partial reversal of the pandemic-induced “escape to the country” trend.

Rent differentials between regional and capital city dwellings, which narrowed during the pandemic, are now widening again.

This trend suggests a diminishing appeal of remote work options and a return to urban commuting.

Aaron Wong, senior research economist at e61, said the emergence of a “new normal,” characterised by a hybrid lifestyle that blends access to office spaces with proximity to lifestyle amenities such as natural landscapes.

While regional rents decline, rents for homes on the urban fringe surge, reflecting evolving preferences shaped by remote work opportunities.

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Why resilient economy is fuelling demand for Australian property



Despite inflationary pressures, Australian house prices have surged to a record high for the fifth month in a row, as indicated by CoreLogic data.

Australian house prices have not only weathered inflation but have also soared to unprecedented levels, marking the fifth consecutive month of record highs, according to data from CoreLogic.

This resilience reflects the enduring demand for property in the country, showcasing the sustained interest of buyers despite challenging economic conditions.

VentureCrowd’s Head of Property, David Whitting, talks how investors can access alternative ways of property investing.

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Three reasons why you don’t need to panic about inflation



Inflation in the US has exceeded expectations for the third consecutive month, driven by increases in essential commodities such as oil, electricity, takeaway food, and medical costs.

  1. Despite a 3.8% year-on-year rise in CPI, it’s notable that this figure has decreased from its previous 9% high.
  2. The robust CPI and economic growth numbers suggest a positive outlook for US corporate earnings.
  3. The S&P500 has seen five 1% drops this year, all of which were met with investors buying the dip.

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