A couple of weeks back the OECD poked a stick at us.  Again.  You know the drill – high/growing debt; limited housing affordability; exposed banking sector…

As well as poor governance; slowing productivity, little wage growth; growing inequality, complacency and expectancy.

Well, to misquote Dylan, “We don’t need a weatherman to tell us which way the wind blows”.

Anyway, that’s what I am here for!

But the OECD – again, telling us something that we already know – thinks that Australia is a bloody great place to live.

If you can afford the rent!

The OCED’s Better Life Index – see our chart below – ranks each member country on 11 quality-of-life measures.

Were out in front of the average on almost all of them – scoring especially well on all those measures that make life worth a damn.

So if you are feeling down, well, we are apparently the best of the comparative bunch.

To find out more about the OECD Better Life Index click here.

And on that somewhat positive note – have a safe and relaxing Easter.

Some Easter reading

And if you haven’t already heard, we have some reports for sale – our Capital Cities Market Outlook Report is now available.  Or you may want to get all of our first-release reports and save 67%.

Plus, here are a few books that I enjoyed over recent months.  You might too:

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson. Everything we’ve been told about how to improve our lives is wrong. Some swear words, well a shit load really, but a great read.
  • Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall. Forget the daily news feed – false facts or not. If you understand geopolitics, then you are well ahead of the game.   A must read.
  • Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World by Wade Graham. A field guide to our modern world.
  • How Will Capitalism End? Essays on a Failing System by Wolfgang Streeck. In a whimper or a bang? My mate Wolfgang, has some interesting thoughts on the matter.
  • The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong. One of the best Aussie novels I have read in yonks. Modern, relevant and Jock has summed us up brilliantly.  Go here.
  • And don’t forget the Matusik Reports. They are Easter must- reads, too!

Keen to hear your thoughts.

Until next time,


Michael Matusik


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