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Research shows that poor and wealthy retirees spend about the same during their retirement. www.shutterstock.com

Poor and rich retirees spend about the same

Giving rich households superannuation concessions is not justified according to new research which says these retirees spend as much as their poorer counterparts.
An increasingly diverse array of geospatial, network and time-series data is being used to generate new perspectives and insights. Here we see air traffic in England and Wales visualised over satellite images. https://www.flickr.com/photos/natspressoffice/

Quantamentals, signal surfing and fast walkers: mapping the rise of weird data

People in all manner of professions from economists and real estate agents to stockbrokers and doctors are beginning to recognise the huge potential and power of unconventional data.
Under the NDIS there are risks for the carers people with a disability employ. Dave Hunt/AAP

New risks for disability care workers under the NDIS

The roll out of the NDIS means disability service providers and the people they employ are exposed to more market forces and this could result in protection for workers.
Fairfax is caught between boosting a profitable side of its business and retaining its traditional business at a loss. Paul Miller/AAP

Disrupted businesses are struggling in the valley of death

Firms that are trying to branch out into new technology, while at the same time retaining traditional business, are facing similar problems to startups.
Australian banks improved their efficiency after the introduction in 2003 of the ASX Principles of Good Corporate Governance, which aimed for improved governance mechanisms and thus better control over bank management. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Good corporate governance is good for banks’ bottom line

Good corporate governance is good for efficiency and profit in banks. But having independent board members and the number of board meetings don't play a role, research shows.
Better office design is not just about shaping space around tasks we do. www.shutterstock.com

Business Briefing: a better way to design an office

Business Briefing: a better to design an office. The Conversation13.9 MB (download)
Research shows that many building codes don't designate the maximum number of people that should fit in an office, but that's not the only problem with standard office design.
Much like a Rio Olympics basketball match, the United States' economy is coming out on top while Australia lags behind. Jim Young/Reuters

Vital Signs: US scores while Australia struggles

The US economy is improving off the back of jobs figures while in Australia, the government is being warned by the Reserve Bank to step up its game.
A TV cameraman shoots a Madame Tussauds Museum figure of US Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps at Banneker Pool in Washington, to coincide with the opening of the Rio Olympics on August 5. Gary Cameron/Reuters

Business Briefing: the big bucks of broadcasting the Olympics

Business Briefing: the big bucks of broadcasting the Olympics. The Conversation16 MB (download)
The amount broadcasters will pay for the rights to the Olympics keeps going up, but is the value of the rights changing?