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April Newsletter
Newsletter

April Newsletter

April is now here and started with a welcomed Easter break. As the vaccine rollout continues…

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Market movements & review video – April 2021
Business

Market movements & review video – April 2021

Stay up to date with what's happened in Australian and global markets over the past month. Our…

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March Newsletter
Newsletter

March Newsletter

After an eventful summer of weather extremes, on-again off-again lockdowns and the swearing in of a new US President, many will be hoping that Autumn ushers in a change of more than the season. As the vaccine rollout begins, there are also promising signs that economic recovery may be earlier […]

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Market movements & review video – March 2021
Business

Market movements & review video – March 2021

Stay up to date with what's happened in Australian and global markets over the past month.   Our…

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February Newsletter
Newsletter

February Newsletter

It’s February already, crazy how time flies. The kids are back at school and Australia is getting back to business. It’s still not business as usual, but with the vaccine rollout about to begin, there is a growing sense of optimism. There was a sense of relief on the global […]

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How much does a full nest cost?
Lifestyle

How much does a full nest cost?

The financial toll on parents of adult children living at home Whether you put it down to laziness, housing affordability, lavish lifestyle or wider societal changes, today almost one in three young people aged 18 to 34 live in the parental home.  That’s a figure up from about one in […]

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Our changing relationship status…with our devices
Lifestyle

Our changing relationship status…with our devices

If your New Year’s resolution was to spend less time glued to your phone, you’ve probably found that unexpectedly challenging this year. While the impact of COVID-19 differs from state to state, many of us have experienced social isolation and the call to stay and work from home where possible, […]

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Inflation, deflation – what’s in a name?
Economy

Inflation, deflation – what’s in a name?

When the inflation rate fell into negative territory in the June quarter, it was so unusual it begged the question of what this means for the economy. Are we facing deflation or even stagflation and what is the difference? In the June quarter the annual inflation rate fell to minus 0.3 per […]

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Time to break up with bad habits?
Lifestyle

Time to break up with bad habits?

We all have bad habits, and they can be many and varied. They can be as big as poor time management which can impact your productivity, or as small as nail biting which drives your loved ones crazy! You might self-sabotage, such as tucking into that tub of ice-cream even […]

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Algorithms driving our narrowing focus
Investing

Algorithms driving our narrowing focus

There’s no doubt we live in a curated world. Online algorithms serve up content designed to meet our needs based on what we’ve liked and engaged with in the past. And while this can help us find what we’re looking for, the problem is that while these algorithms reflect our […]

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Is an SMSF right for you
SMSF

Is an SMSF right for you

As anyone who has joined the weekend crowd at Bunnings knows, Australians love DIY. And that same can-do spirit helps explain why 1.1 million Aussies choose to take control of their retirement savings with a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). As well as control, investment choice is a key reason for […]

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Mind the insurance gap
Financial Planning

Mind the insurance gap

At a time when many people have been focused on their family’s health and livelihood, having adequate life insurance has never been more important. Yet the gap between what we need and what we have, has been growing. Life insurance is all about ensuring your family can maintain their lifestyle […]

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Extending that holiday feeling
Lifestyle

Extending that holiday feeling

Does the summer break already feel like so long ago? If that holiday glow and relaxation didn’t last as long as you wanted, you’re not alone. New research indicates that the mental health benefits of a holiday unfortunately fade quicker than a tan. The study found that it takes us […]

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Contractor or employee: Which are you?
Business

Contractor or employee: Which are you?

With COVID-19 having a significant impact on traditional employment, many people are working as a contractor for the first time either by choice or necessity. It’s not just a lifestyle decision; from the tax and superannuation perspective, there are important differences between being an employee and a contractor. For employers, […]

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Turning redundancy into opportunity
Financial Planning

Turning redundancy into opportunity

As the economy starts to recover from COVID-19 shutdowns, some sectors may take longer than others to return to their normal operating capacity and some companies may never fully recover. That means there is still the chance that some employees could be made redundant. If you are offered redundancy, how […]

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Unleashing your creativity
Lifestyle

Unleashing your creativity

When you think of creativity, does an easel and pot of paints spring to mind, or perhaps a musical composition or dance choreography? You don’t need to be artistic to be creative. Creativity can benefit all of us, in all aspects of our lives. In fact some of the biggest […]

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January 2021 Newsletter
Newsletter

January 2021 Newsletter

Happy New Year! As 2021 gets underway, we hope you and your families enjoy a safe, happy and prosperous year ahead. While we are not out of the woods yet, there is cause for optimism. December was a busy month on the economic calendar. Global equity markets surged on optimism […]

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Lessons from 2020 to secure a bright future
Financial Planning

Lessons from 2020 to secure a bright future

It was a year most of us would like to forget. And yet, some of the toughest lessons of 2020 had a silver lining. We weathered bushfires, floods, a pandemic that’s not over yet and a recession that is. Through it all, we emerged a stronger community. Many of us […]

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Soaring to success in 2021
Lifestyle

Soaring to success in 2021

The start of a new year is a great time to reassess where you are in life, your career or business – decide what you want to achieve and put some strategies in place to work towards achieving even your most ambitious goals. The start of this new year is […]

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Goal setting made easy with the H.A.R.D approach
Financial Planning

Goal setting made easy with the H.A.R.D approach

Goal setting is one thing – achieving your goals is something else entirely. So what makes the difference between a goal that is achieved and one that falls by the wayside? Research has shown that people who achieve their goals are more likely to do so because they create a […]

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2020 Year in Review
Economy

2020 Year in Review

Just as we were recovering from the long drought and the worst bushfires on record, the global coronavirus pandemic took hold and changed everything. Suddenly, simple things we took for granted, like going to the office or celebrating special occasions, were put on hold. While life is still not back […]

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Review of 2020, outlook for 2021 – from Pandemic to Recovery
Business

Review of 2020, outlook for 2021 – from Pandemic to Recovery

Key points 2020 was dominated by the Coronavirus pandemic but shares saw okay returns on the back of policy stimulus and vaccine optimism, resulting in constrained but positive returns for balanced growth super funds. For 2021, the combination of massive policy stimulus and the prospect of vaccines allowing a return […]

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Tax-effective ways to boost your super
Financial Planning

Tax-effective ways to boost your super

After a year when the average superannuation balance fell slightly or, at best, moved sideways, the summer holidays could be a good opportunity to think about ways to rebuild your savings while being mindful of tax. With the Reserve Bank reducing interest rates to record lows and not anticipating a […]

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‘Tis the season for wise spending decisions
Finances

‘Tis the season for wise spending decisions

The traditional festive holiday season is likely to be a little different this year, but one thing is likely to remain the same – the temptation to spend and the post-Christmas budget hangover. Last year Australians spent about $1000 each for Christmas on presents, decorations, travel and charity donations. For […]

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Five tips for a better retirement
Retirement

Five tips for a better retirement

Retirement is an exciting time. It’s the long-awaited reward for a lifetime of work and, if you’ve planned it correctly, it heralds a life stage synonymous with relaxation and enjoyment. However, to make sure your retirement is everything you’d hoped for, it’s crucial to make smart decisions to help you […]

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Taking control of your finances after a separation or divorce
Financial Planning

Taking control of your finances after a separation or divorce

Going through a separation or divorce can be a stressful and emotionally-charged time, particularly when it comes to conversations around shared finances and the division of assets. Having a clear plan for how you approach these discussions can help provide direction and ensure you reach a fair solution that everyone […]

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Making your savings work harder
Investing

Making your savings work harder

With tax cuts and stimulus payments on the way, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is urging us to open our wallets and spend to kick start the national economy. But if your personal balance sheet could do with a kick along, then saving and investing what you can, also makes sense. One […]

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Granny flats: tax tips and traps
Tax

Granny flats: tax tips and traps

The idea of adding a granny flat to your property sounds like a great idea. A property to rent out to generate some welcome extra income, or a home for adult children or mum and dad in their later years. But there are important tax and personal considerations to consider […]

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Big Four Banks and QSuper leaving the party?
Retirement Planning and Superannuation

Big Four Banks and QSuper leaving the party?

2020 has been a year like no other. A global pandemic, Australia’s first recession in nearly 30 years, record low interest rates, volatility in both shares and property markets, and even job security is coming into question. For retirees it can be a very daunting process.    The Big Four […]

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Life cover: More essential than ever
Insurance

Life cover: More essential than ever

Living through COVID-19 has brought many challenges and shifting priorities as we deal with the financial impacts of the pandemic, and that includes the issue of life insurance.  On the one hand, the pandemic has highlighted the importance of life cover. On the other, those who may have lost a […]

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