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Insights: Business Outsourcing: by Phil Ruthven

June 2018 Most of us would not be aware that the creation of industries in any country is mostly due to outsourcing. Households began outsourcing activities from the time of the Agrarian Age, thousands of years ago; although Australia has...

Insights: Taxes In World Perspective: by Phil Ruthven

May 2018 As Benjamin Franklin famously penned in 1789: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Thankfully, we will be discussing the latter in this newsletter; and despite what we may assume, taxation...

Insights: Making Sense of Politics: by Phil Ruthven

April 2018 Over the past 10 years or so, older members of society in most developed economies have been appalled by the state of politics in their countries. Towards the other end of the age spectrum, many young voters (the...

Insights: Revolutions in the Retail Industry: by Phil Ruthven

March 2018 Retailing is a big industry, with revenues close to $400 billion in F2018. It accounts for 10% of the nation’s employment; 8% of its revenue; 4% of GDP; and a modest 2% of all capital expenditure, which is...

Insights: The Ascent of Asia: by Phil Ruthven

December 2017 The proposed departure (Brexit) of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) and the latter’s potential for other difficulties and defections, coupled with a more insular United States under the Trump presidency, points to an even greater...