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August 2018

Increasingly professionals are choosing to tack personal travel on the front or back end of business travel, a concept that has been dubbed “bleisure”. It makes sense – if work is paying for flights, you might as well enjoy a few extra days for personal travel. With that in mind, we’ve picked a few of…

July 2018

Aptitude testing is becoming increasingly prevalent in hiring processes. While each company might use slightly different tests with varying levels of difficulty, it’s important to set yourself up to succeed. Below are a few tips to help you out. 1. Use a good quality computer that isn’t going to freeze or crash during the testing….

June 2018

Greater diversity has been at the forefront of financial services recently. The introduction of gender equity indices; the ASX including a 30% gender target in their governance guidelines; and the growth of the Diversity and Inclusions in Asia Network all point towards a changing industry attitude. There have been 47 women appointed to ASX 200 boards so…

May 2018

Finding a way of working that suits you is infinitely valuable. If you’re someone who thrives on flexibility, or if you feel that a full time position just isn’t right at the moment, it might be time to consider some contract work. Anton Murray Consulting places a huge emphasis on contract hiring as we feel it can be incredibly…

April 2018

The financial services industry is one driven by effective decision making: which trade to make, who to hire, where to invest. Most of us consider ourselves sensible, logical people capable of making informed decisions that drive growth and progression at work and on a more personal level. However most of us also splurge on clothes…

March 2018

The Olympic stadium built in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for this year’s Winter Games cost $109 million. It was used four times and will be demolished, meaning the cost of the stadium is $10 million per hour of use. The stadium was not used for a single event. Since 1968, no Olympic Games have come in under budget….

February 2018

Artificial intelligence is no longer something we just see in Sci-Fi films, often set in dark, disturbing versions of the future. It has now become reality, and financial services firms and organisations are embracing this new technology, applying it to the way they do business and deal with customers. From automated tellers to robo-investing, AI is changing the…

January 2018

As our January newsletter goes out to you, the global crypto currency market is tanking, with all the major coins experiencing a major drop. However there has been a huge amount of talk in 2017 about the influence of blockchain technology, and this will almost certainly continue in 2018. Bitcoin will remain the ‘gold standard’…

December 2017

2017: A Year In Review Global growth is said to be headed for a 6-year high with expected growth reaching 3.7% for 2018. This sort of growth hasn’t been seen since 2011, with the last financial year also seeing the strongest growth in global trade since the GFC. In Australia, the financial services and insurance sector has outperformed…

November 2017

We recently caught The Wizard of Lies, the HBO-produced TV movie about Bernie Madoff and the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, starring Robert De Niro. De Niro plays a cool, calm Madoff; engaging and charismatic enough to swindle billions from investors, and curiously swift to deflect any questions regarding the future of Madoff Securities when questioned by his sons….

October 2017

Bond. Green Bond. There’s been plenty in the news the last few years about the trend to move away from investing in alcohol, gambling, tobacco and firearms stocks. Well, “green” bonds are another way of making socially responsible decisions when it comes to investments. As the name suggests, green bonds are specifically in support of environmental…

September 2017

Outsourcing HR: A Smart Move? In a world where businesses are often looking to cut costs and increase efficiency, HR is one of many functions of a company that are increasingly being outsourced. Global Industry Analysts estimate that the global market for Human Resources Outsourcing is going to reach close to US$54bn by 2020. That’s only…