Iron Ore and Gold prices took centre stage in the financial press with Gold dropping $22 per ounce, hitting a low of $1137.6, and Iron Ore hitting the lowest price in 5 years, opening the door for a soft start to trading, yet the Aussie 200 Index managed to jump nearly 30 points on open before succumbing to the pressure and dropping over 50 points from those intraday highs. By the close of trade our Index had pulled back 11.8 points despite the bullish Aussie employment data, adding 24,100 new jobs in October.

New World Bank group study predicts nearly USD33 billion in economic loss if the Ebola outbreak lasts longer and spreads to other countries in West Africa that have larger economies.

The Australian Tax Office welcomes comments on a 2016 plan for purchasers of some property worth over $2.5 million AUD sold by foreign residents to withhold ten per cent of the purchase price as a non-final withholding tax. Submissions are accepted until Friday November 28.

Forbes magazine named Russian President Vladimir Putin the World’s Most Powerful Person for the second straight year.

Property investment has experienced a boom in the past years, but according to the latest Candy Global Prime Sector report, private islands as the hottest assets to own.

Executive search firm CTPartners has published its 20th annual hot jobs projection of new and emerging executive roles for 2015.

An increasing number of property investors are now looking to diversify by adding US property to their portfolio. Their investment is not just motivated by the increasing property prices in Australia, but also by the projection of a strengthening US dollar that can potentially double their US profits.

Mixed leads across the global indices painted a less than rosy picture for the Aussie market open on Wednesday, especially given the continuation of the commodity slump, with Brent Crude at new 4 year lows and the price of Gold falling day by day. By the close of trade, the Aussie 200 index managed to fight back from early losses to drop 2 points on the session with mixed results across the sectors.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has not added Ebola to the G20 summit agenda.

Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson has called for stricter cryptocurrency regulation and taxation laws in Australia.

Property analysts advise people not to invest in Melbourne and Sydney CBD apartments and claim investors tend to overlook one of the basic fundamentals of investing, namely supply and demand.

After Islamic State turned Australia into a target and urged radicals to go on a killing spree, new security laws were voted. The country has endowed its intelligence agencies with their most meaningful expansion of powers in 35 years, which determined critics to warn that Australia is heading into unsure territory.

Noam Chomski, American linguist and philosopher has opened up again in a new op-ed which describes the United States as the “world’s leading terrorist state.” Mr Chomski’s conclusions are based on CIA-run operations in the likes of Angola, Nicaragua and Cuba. The historian invites his public to contemplate the truths that hover over CIA’s 67-year history “with some awe.”

Mixed overnight performance across the international bourses provided little inspiration for local traders who were faced with RBA rates and the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup, with the former remaining at 2.5% and the later offering quite a few surprises, including the sad passing of the firm favourite, Admire Rakti. All in all we had a fairly flat session on the Aussie 200 and a positive move higher on the Aussie Dollar, with governor Glenn Stevens suggesting growth will be moderate in the short to medium term.