Support for business investment

April 20, 2020
The government is loosening the criteria around the instant asset write-off. Pre-Coronavirus, businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million could instantly write-off the purchase of assets costing up to $30,000. Post-Coronavirus, businesses with a turnover of up to $500 million can write off asset purchases of up to $150,000. Contact the Centaur Financial team…

Economic Stimulus Package – Payments to love income households and pensioners

April 20, 2020
As part of the Government’s series of measures to support the economy and individuals through the Coronovirus crisis, Newstart recipients, age pensioners and veterans are being provided with a one-off payment of $750. These payments started flowing into the bank accounts of 6.5 million (mainly) lower-income Australians from March 31. While most working Australians won’t…

Coronavirus and Global Volatility

March 10, 2020
Special Update – Monday 9th March, 2020. Today the Aussie market suffered the worst decline since October 2008 with the ASX 200 -455.6pts or -7.33% to 5760.6pts. All sectors finished in negative territory with the energy producers the hardest hit due to plunging oil prices. The market is now at a 13 month low and…

2019 Year in Review: A year of highs and lows

January 8, 2020
It was a year of extremes, with shares hitting record highs and interest rates at historic lows. Yet all in all, 2019 delivered far better returns than Australian investors dared hope for at the start of the year. The total return from Australian shares (prices and dividend income) was 24 per cent in the year…

Steering through choppy seas

November 27, 2019
Like it or not, we live in interesting times. More than a decade after the Global Financial Crisis, the global economy is facing fresh headwinds creating uncertainty for policy makers and investors alike.  This time around it’s not a debt crisis, although debt levels are extremely high, but geopolitical instability. The ongoing US-China trade war…
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Building wealth in diversity

October 9, 2019
What a difference a year makes. In recent months, Australian shares hit a record high, the Aussie dollar dipped to levels not seen since the GFC and interest rates were cut to historic lows. Towards the end of 2018, shares were in the doldrums and while experts agreed the Aussie dollar would go lower most…

September Economic News

September 9, 2019
Your financial well-being and plans for the future can be impacted by various economic events, so below is a video to assist you to stay up to date with the latest indicators. August was a challenging month for investors. Global markets reacted negatively to an escalation in the US-China trade war and the looming no-deal…

August Economic News

August 9, 2019
Your financial well-being and plans for the future can be impacted by various economic events, so below is a video to assist you to stay up to date with the latest indicators.  Australia’s All Ordinaries Index and ASX200 finally broke through their 2007 record highs set before the GFC. While there is speculation on the…

Is the tide turning on the property market?

August 6, 2019
For the first time in years, the planets seem to be aligning for homebuyers and property investors. Interest rates are falling, property prices largely appear to be stabilising and constraints on bank mortgage lending have been relaxed. It’s welcome news for first homebuyers and anyone who has been waiting on the sidelines for a signal that…

July Economic News

July 2, 2019
Your financial well-being and plans for the future can be impacted by various economic events, so below is a video to assist you to stay up to date with the latest indicators. Australia’s annual economic growth fell from 2.3 per cent to 1.8 per cent in March, the weakest since 2009. Australia’s cash rate has…

Federal Budget 2019

April 3, 2019
Paving the way to an election… Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s first budget signals a return to surplus for the first time in 12 years. Highlights from the budget include: Bigger tax cuts A boost to regulation and compliance in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission Healthcare and welfare investment, and Support for older Australians through…
2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

January 15, 2019
Investors started 2018 full of hope, with the global economy and financial markets in good shape, but by year’s end they were uncertain and a little anxious about what lay ahead. Markets responded with last minute falls across all asset classes. The issues that weighed heavily at the end of 2018 were the unresolved trade…

10 Years Ago – The Global Financial Crisis

October 3, 2018
Thinking about the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) still puts shivers down my spine and it not something I will ever forget. We have learned the lessons of the GFC in how we approach investing your money but still there are some important lessons here written about by Dr. Shane Oliver well worth the read.

Making the most of a falling Aussie dollar

August 16, 2018
One of the major themes for local investors in 2018 is the fall in the Australian dollar, and it’s not just Aussie travellers heading overseas who are affected. Currency movements can have a big impact on your investment returns, but where there’s risk there’s also opportunity.

Have oil prices peaked?

July 3, 2018
Australian motorists are not the only ones hoping that global oil prices have peaked after reaching four-year highs in 2018. Not only do high oil prices flow through to the price of petrol at your local service station, but they also increase the cost of doing business for everyone from farmers to airlines and push…

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