The Take

ICO vs IPO: Why you should know the difference19/10/17

Image: Crypto News, 2016 EFS Alumnus and Operations Analyst at SmartBooks Online Peter Park discusses the ins and outs of Initial Public Offerings and Initial Coin Offerings in this week’s edition of The Take: Disclosure: I’m not a blockchain expert. Therefore, this article represents my own interpretation and understanding of blockchain, ICO and different…

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2017 Nobel Prize in Economics12/10/17

Image by Nobel Prize Organization On 10 December 1896, Alfred Nobel died, bequeathing his will to the creation of the Nobel Prizes so that his estate could be used ‘For the greatest benefit to mankind’. Unfortunately for the economic sciences, it wasn’t present in the original five categories or Physics,…

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Is Seventh time’s the charm the magic number for North Korean sanctions?05/10/17

QUTEFS’ new Publication Director, Alex Conroy, revisits the issue of North Korea’s economy and what the latest round of sanctions means for this undisputed member of the nuclear club in this edition of The Take: North Korea has continued to vie for dominance in the headlines since we wrote about them in…

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Oil One Year On23/08/17

One of the first articles I wrote covered what was, at the time, a massive crash in oil prices. It seems fitting that one year on, one of my final articles reviews the changes since then. As expected, even now the price has not risen above $50 per barrel since…

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Liechtenstein – Transitioning from a Tax Haven09/08/17

Liechtenstein is a small nation in Europe bordering Austria and Switzerland. Having the approximate area of Brisbane and a population of less than 40,000, it’s no surprise that this country rarely comes up in conversation. But Liechtenstein does have a large financial services sector, remains one of the wealthiest nations…

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Setting your Career Goals02/08/17

In a market where graduates are having a harder time finding employment, it is becoming more and more important to set your career goals early on. Knowing what you want to do, and how you want to get there, or having a plan in mind, can help you get the…

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How is the North Korean economy growing through sanctions?26/07/17

Talk of the isolated Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, ‘North Korea’) has dominated the media over the past few weeks amid escalating North-South tensions as well as ongoing missile tests in the North. The United Nations, European Union and USA are constantly threatening a variety of sanctions over the…

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HECS changes on the way04/05/17

It would appear that the government has no intention of slowing down in their cutbacks on spending and attempts to increase revenue – last week we spoke about the potentially short-sighted changes to GST, and now we are looking at some upcoming changes to HECS debt repayments. For many students,…

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Leveling the playing field with GST27/04/17

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been an integrated part of Australian capitalism since the year 2000, and while there has always been discussion about its application to foreign purchases, it is only now that the government has put its intentions forward, with a proposal to expand GST to…

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The State of China20/04/17

China has been a powerhouse of economic growth in the past decade, with its construction and infrastructure booms leading to the high demand for Australian resources that many believe aided our economy through the Global Financial Crisis. However, nothing can grow forever, and China is now starting to see some…

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