Hot Household Products this Christmas


Christmas is just around the corner, with the holiday season always providing a fresh tide of exciting household products for families to enjoy. From innovative consumer electronics such as smart speakers and Ultra HD TVs through to trampolines and other old favourites, there are more products to choose from at Christmas than any other time of year. Let's take a look at some of the most exciting household products to hit the shelves this Christmas - so you can work out how you want to spend your hard-earned money.

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Rise of Health Tourism


From cosmetic procedures through to medical services and rehabilitation, health tourism continues to grow and evolve across the world. According to Healthy Travel Media, publisher of Patients Beyond Borders, more than 11 million people travelled to another country in 2016 to undergo medical procedures. From the beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Costa Rica through to the popular medical hubs of Malaysia and Thailand, the ongoing transformation of the global healthcare industry has opened the floodgates for healthcare tourism. 

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Genetic Fountain of Youth Discovered


The first genetic mutation that protects against aging has been found in humans, with scientists using this discovery to develop a longevity drug that attempts to protect people from aging-related diseases. While scientists have always known that certain communities live longer than others, the genetic markers for increased longevity have always been a mystery. Researchers found what they were looking for in an extended family of Old Order Amish living in the vicinity of Berne, Indiana, where people not only live longer but also have significantly less cases of diabetes and better overall health outcomes.

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Will Government Plans Slow the Economy


The new Labour-led Government continue to make significant changes across a number of policy areas, many of which will have an uncertain impact on the New Zealand economy. While higher minimum wages and new house building programs are likely to stimulate growth over coming months, tighter immigration policy could have a negative impact on GDP and employment growth. As economists wait for more detail on key policies, the Reserve Bank's initial assessment of economic changes was more positive than many people expected.

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State of the Market


The New Zealand housing market has cooled considerably over the past year, with short-term price gains likely to remain subdued due to a confluence of political uncertainty, tighter lending restrictions, and unsustainable price levels. According to most experts, however, the current slowdown is more likely to be a temporary bump in the road than the start of a market crash. While the long-term outlook for the housing market remains uncertain, population growth and supply problems are likely to put ongoing pressure on property values for some time to come.

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