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$32,187

$32,187

... is how much a couple living a "modest" lifestyle spend a year in the Northern Territory, which is 1.5 per cent less than the national average, making the Territory the cheapest place for retirees to live in Australia.

42,951

... was the record reached last week by the Australian All Ordinaries Accumulation Index, which counts share prices as well as dividends.

15.9 per cent

... is how much the typical balanced superannuation option has earned for the year to the end of August. For the 10 years to the end of August, the average annual return is 6.9 per cent.

8.99 per cent

... is the lowest non-honeymoon interest rate charged on a credit card. It's issued by Community First Credit Union but there's a $40 annual fee.

4.14

... was how many litres of pure alcohol in beer were consumed on average by Australians aged over 15 in 2011-12.

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