Inflation; a passing fad or here to stay?
How changes to income protection affect you
Federal Budget highlights
The trouble with short term trading - act with discipline
THE TAP & GO ECONOMY
Personal finance in the age of technology and "Tap-and-Go"
BE AWARE OF BIASES
Is doing what others are doing safer than trusting your own judgement?
Markets rebound off the back of COVID-19 curves flattening
CORONAVIRUS SHUTS DOWN GLOBAL ECONOMY
What this means for you
How to look after your mental and physical health while self isolating
How the government is assisting during this crisis.
BUY NOW PAY LATER
Credit, Cash or Afterpay? How to spend wisely this festive season
ASIC's LATEST ON SMSF
ASIC’s recent comments on SMSF needs to be better measured
Can your email, online and social media presence pass the test.
Equity Markets in Slow Rise
What Australians really think about financial advice
6 simple steps to a more balanced life
Trade Weighs on Markets
Lifespan winner of 3 awards in this years IFA Excellence Awards
Changes and legislation you should discuss with your adviser
With the coalition winning the election , it's business as usual.
EOFY TIPS AND TRICKS
The EOFY year fast approaches, here’s a few tips to help you focus
Bond Yields plummet as Trade disappoints
EARLY ACCESS TO SUPER
More Australians explore early access to their superannuation
REPRIEVE FOR BROKERS
The Government steps back from removing broker commissions
ASIC - DIRECT INSURANCE
ASIC takes a closer look at Direct Insurance products
First the fall and then the bounce; volatility is the new norm
MARKET VOLATILITY CROWD FUNDING
What can investors learn from the past...
US MID-TERM ELECTIONS
Where to now for the House on the Hill...
Supporting a project can be rewarding; but mind the details
Rocky Road ahead or is this just part of a normal cycle ?
MARKET VOLATILITY IS NOTHING NEW - So what have we learnt from past experience ?
Sudden financial market movements can be unnerving for even the most hardened investor, and it’s difficult not to panic when trends in the market take a downturn.
Traps to avoid when setting up an SMSF
How Aussies spend their tax return
Real Estate Values continue to Fall
Traps to avoid when setting up an SMSF
The number of Australian’s setting up Self Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) continues to rise. But do financia l advisers need to save clients from themselves?
Federal Budget Report 2018-19
Federal Budget Report 2018-19: What it means for you
On Tuesday 8 May 2018, the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, released the Government's 2018-19 Budget.
This year's Budget has an emphasis on retirement planning and contains several important considerations which may affect both retirees and pre-retirees, explored further below.
Virtual Currencies/Interest Only Loan Renewals/Investment Markets
Many virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin have emerged over the last 10 years but just how safe are they? We explain how virtual currencies work and the risks you take buying, trading or investing in them. What are they? Virtual currencies are digital currency or electronic money. They do not physically exist as coins or notes. Many digital currencies (also called crypto currencies) started in online gaming communities or on social media. Although they can be used as a form of payment if another person is willing to accept them, they are not legal tender. The value of virtual currency can fluctuate significantly, they may not be accepted in many places and they are not guaranteed by any bank or government. How do they work? The Users can 'earn' or create virtual currency. For example, in the Bitcoin network, users (known as Bitcoin Miners) can participate by using computer-intensive software to validate transactions that have been made through the network and earn new bitcoins as a reward.
Investment Markets/Protecting What Matters Most
Recent Events Global equities continue to trade near record highs while volatility in most markets is very low. As an example, the US S&P 500 has not had more than a 3% pullback since the start of 2017. This is despite two major hurricanes and uncertainty around the passage of the Trump tax cuts. The US Federal Reserve finally announced that it is starting the process of shrinking its $US4.5 trillion balance sheet. The European Central Bank announced a reduced pace of QE from April next year. Bond purchases will be cut to 60 billion euros a month from 80 billion euros currently. Another major development was the German election which did not produce a clear winner but markets have surprisingly so far taken it in their stride.
Investment Markets / Understanding Diversification / The importance of planning for aged care
Recent Events Hurricanes in the US and the belligerence of North Korea initially lead to some volatility in markets but that did not last long. Most Global equities markets are well up in 2017 while the major US equities indices are still hovering around record highs. Global equities are in fact performing much better than Australian equities in local currency terms.
The rise of the Australian dollar from 72 US cents to around 80 cents has somewhat masked the underperformance of domestic equities in 2017. The (Bloomberg) US dollar index, which measures the US dollar against a basket of currencies is down about 10% in 2017, this is almost a 3 year low.
Federal Budget / Investment Markets
On the evening of May 9, the eyes of the financial planning industry turned to Canberra as Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered his second Federal Budget. While it did not include the jaw-dropping changes of his first Budget, there was still plenty to interest financial planners and their clients.
First Home Super Saver Scheme Effective date – July 1, 2017
Superannuation changes for 2017 and beyond / Investment Markets
Superannuation changes for 2017 and beyond
Introducing the transfer balance cap What is it? From 1 July 2017, there will be a $1.6 million transfer balance cap on the total amount of accumulated superannuation an individual can transfer into the tax–free retirement phase. Subsequent earnings on balances in the retirement phase will not be capped or restricted.
Savings beyond this can remain in an accumulation account (where earnings are taxed at 15 per cent) or outside the superannuation system.
Transitional arrangements will apply. People already retired with balances below $1.7 million on 30 June 2017 will have 6 months from 1 July 2017 to bring their retirement phase balances under $1.6 million.
The People Have Spoken / Investment Markets
What it could mean for investment markets
This last year has seen a populist, anti-establishment political trend emerge through the Brexit vote in June and now the election of Donald Trump as the most powerful person in the world.
We also saw this trend continue when the Italian people voted No on Sunday 4 December, in a referendum to change the Italian Constitution of the 3rd largest economy in the Eurozone to effectively give the government more power to make changes and pass laws.
The “No” vote is the third big antiestablishment revolt this year and could cause much instability throughout the Eurozone. Firstly the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has resigned. Secondly, the “No” campaign was backed by parties that support Italy leaving the euro zone, and with Mr Renzi dethroned, it is quite conceivable for one of those parties to come to power.
Investment Markets. - US Fed Weighs on Markets / Life insurance - Be prepared for life's emergencies
US FED WEIGHS ON MARKETS
Recent History The last few months has seen some sharp swings in sentiment that has contributed to significant movements in investment markets. Late June 2016 saw a sharp pullback in equity markets as they focused on the negative effects of the Brexit vote. However calm had returned by July with most markets rallying strongly as concerns over Brexit largely dissipated.
The Australian market was one of the best performing developed markets in July with Australian equities (ASX 200) rising by 6.3%. Equity markets struggled in August as market expectations increased that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) would raise rates again before the end of 2016. These worries have persisted in September with equities pulling back and bond yields rising off historical lows. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut the official cash rate from 1.75% to 1.50% in August, a new all-time low on lowered inflation expectations.