Good morning. First, the markets:
1. The ASX 200 bucked the lead from offshore again yesterday with a 0.33% rally, but futures traders are pointing to a marginally lower open this morning of around 17 points. That’s interesting given the rally in oil, base metals and iron ore overnight. Mining shares were firmer in London – BHP Billiton was up by 1.9% and Rio Tinto up by 1.6%. So the day ahead may not necessarily pan out as the futures suggest.
2. In Asia yesterday, Shanghai stocks ripped higher in late trade to finish up 3.69%, reinforcing another bounce off the 200-day moving average, which traders will continue to watch closely. That’s if there are any traders left after the CSRC banned intra-day shorts as well as outright shorts…
3. Being a millionaire looks like a lot of fun, but it’s not all beer and skittles. For starters, there’s all that work you have to do. Ugh. But this anonymous person wants to bypass all that and has just asked the internet to hand over a mill, just so they can blog about their first year of rolling in filthy lucre. And it’s working.
4. This is the most depressing Labor leadership poll you’re probably ever likely to see:
In case you missed it, “Someone else” is preferred over the top four candidates, including the incumbent, Bill Shorten. Where do you go from there?
5. Taylor Swift has opened up about her recent spat with Apple, and Spotify, in an interview for Vanity Fair’s next cover story. But the best bit comes when she reveals an unusual item she keeps at all times in her handbag, which reveals everything nice you ever needed to know about her.
6. Curries are the best food, says science, which is on a roll lately when it comes to delivering news we actually want to hear. Recently it revealed that you pretty much had to drink red wine, or you’ll die. Now a study of about half a million Chinese has found that those who ate spicy foods almost every day had a relative 14% lower risk of death than those who ate it less than once a week.
7. Netflix just can’t lose right now. Its stock rose more than 8% in trading, to an all-time high of $US122.79 overnight. Now, clearly happy with its employees, the company has offered them unlimited maternity and paternity leave. Here’s what it said on a recent blog post:
“We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay.”
8. Negotiate anything more successfully. There’s a ridiculously simple linguistic trick that makes what you’re offering – a car, proposal for a pay rise – a whole lot more attractive to the person you’re selling it to. Find out what it is here, and thank the German university that unlocked it.
9. Starting a new job soon? You’ve got a week to make a great first impression, but here’s some priceless inside running. We asked 32 top CEOs what they expect of new employees in their first week, and they gave us some amazingly helpful insights.
10. Your flying car is still almost ready. It feels like the Terrafugia Transition has been in development since George Jetson was an intern at Spacely Sprockets (#amirite Millennials?) but the company promises people will be flying to work by the end of this year. It’s so confident, it’s already plugging the Transition’s hybrid successor, the TF-X, with this video of what it looks like to say “Honey, I’m taking the flying car” and pulling out of the garage.
BONUS ITEM: The flying car is real. The Lexus hoverboard is… kind of not. (Hint: You’ll need a lot of magnets.) But any progress is good progress, right?
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