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Give your finances an autumn shake-out
Business

Give your finances an autumn shake-out

Like trees losing their leaves in autumn, why not take a leaf out of their book and choose this time of year to shed some of your own financial baggage. In the style of Marie Kondo, the Japanese organising whizz who has inspired millions to clean out their cupboards, decluttering […]

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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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‘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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Federal Budget 2020-21 Analysis
Economy

Federal Budget 2020-21 Analysis

Building a bridge to recovery In what has been billed as one of the most important budgets since the Great Depression, and the first since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic dragged Australia into its first recession in almost 30 years, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the next phase of the […]

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Opportunities amidst the COVID-19 disruption
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Opportunities amidst the COVID-19 disruption

COVID-19 is resulting in significant disruption to well-established business paradigms, impacting businesses, sectors and stocks across the board. However, as Albert Einstein once said: “in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”. That certainly rings true in 2020 as analysts predict significant changes in the types of businesses that will prosper […]

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Paying taxes and maximising tax deductions
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Paying taxes and maximising tax deductions

Tax time can feel stressful; however, paying close attention to allowable deductions may lower the tax you need to pay on your tax return. Here are some allowable deductions you may wish to consider when preparing your next return. While every person’s financial circumstances are unique, it can be helpful […]

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5 common financial mistakes to avoid during a crisis
Finances

5 common financial mistakes to avoid during a crisis

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is playing havoc with finances for many households. In an ideal world, the financial boost should be enough and assumes that everyone was financially prepared for tough times. But in times of crisis, it can all be a little overwhelming. Here are 5 […]

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Balancing wealth and happiness
Finances

Balancing wealth and happiness

It can at times seem like life is a seesaw of logic and emotion. If you believe by emotion, then no amount of reason can talk you out of how you feel. It’s how some fall prey to a life of worry, frustration and disappointment. But if you stay focused […]

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Super changes add flexibility
Coronavirus

Super changes add flexibility

Just when you thought you had a grip on the superannuation rules, they change again. This time though, the changes are mostly positive, especially for older super members keen to top up their savings. From 1 July 2020, changes came into effect with the potential to help retirees as well […]

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Extension of the JobSeeker program
Business

Extension of the JobSeeker program

The Government is extending the Coronavirus Supplement to eligible recipients to 31 December 2020. The amount of the Supplement will be adjusted to reflect the gradually improved economic conditions and improving labour market. Both existing and new recipients eligible for the Coronavirus supplement will continue to be $550 per fortnight […]

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JobKeeper changes announced
Coronavirus

JobKeeper changes announced

The JobKeeper Payment has been extended by a further six months to March 2021, targeting support to those organisations which continue to be significantly impacted by COVID-19. From 28 September 2020, eligibility for the JobKeeper Payment will be based on actual turnover in the relevant periods. The payment rate will […]

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New financial year – new perspective
Financial Planning

New financial year – new perspective

The start of the financial year is always an excellent time to take stock of your current situation and visualise where you’d like to be in the future.  It’s fair to say this year hasn’t been ‘business as usual’! While no-one could have predicted the first six months of 2020, […]

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Housing market: shaken but not stirred
Housing

Housing market: shaken but not stirred

With Australia in a COVID-induced recession, residential property is not immune to falling economic activity. Yet housing prices are proving surprisingly resilient.  Only months ago, economists were forecasting a housing price slump of 20 per cent or more. Now, most have revised their forecasts to price falls of between five […]

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Tax Alert June 2020
Coronavirus

Tax Alert June 2020

With COVID-19 dominating everyone’s thoughts, employers are being offered a brief window of opportunity to get their tax affairs in order with the new Superannuation Guarantee (SG) amnesty. There is also a range of virus related assistance on offer to help affected business and individual taxpayers.  Here’s a roundup of […]

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How COVID-19 changes tax time
Coronavirus

How COVID-19 changes tax time

As this financial year draws to a close, it will be viewed as a year like no other. COVID-19 (coronavirus) has impacted everybody’s life, albeit in different ways for different people. For some, staying at home has meant you have greater savings; for others, the virus has meant lower wages […]

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Instant asset write-off extended
Coronavirus

Instant asset write-off extended

To further support Australian businesses through the fallout resulting from COVID-19, the government has extended the $150,000 instant asset write-off for an additional six months to 31 December 2020.  Initially announced on 12 May and intended to last until 30 June, the government’s $17.6bn stimulus package in part temporarily increased […]

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End of Financial Year checklist
Finances

End of Financial Year checklist

It always takes some planning to get your finances in order for the end of financial year, and this year may look a little different, come June 30. The COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted your circumstances and therefore your situation could be looking different to normal.  Perhaps you have been […]

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9 retirement planning myths debunked
Retirement

9 retirement planning myths debunked

We’ve all read internet fake news and passed down family stories about common retirement “rules of thumb”. Google the word “retirement” and you’ll get 748,000,000 results in 0.65 seconds. It’s no wonder there’s so much confusion. There’s rarely a one-size-fits-all solution to planning for retirement. So, don’t buy into the […]

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Time to reassess your financial priorities
Coronavirus

Time to reassess your financial priorities

At a time of uncertainty about the economy, not to mention unexpected social isolation, people are rethinking their personal and financial priorities.  Whether you are spending less by necessity or because you are living more simply at home, this could be a good time to reassess your spending and review […]

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Starting over: how to bounce back after 60
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Starting over: how to bounce back after 60

Have you ever gone through a major life event that forced you to start again? For some, it’s a scary time filled with change, anxiety and confusion. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You’re human and starting over is not something you have to do alone. That’s what […]

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Withdrawing Super: what to consider
Coronavirus

Withdrawing Super: what to consider

The federal government has been releasing details of financial support available to Australians who have lost income due the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A huge number of us have been affected in some way and many have been left feeling stressed and confused about what to do to […]

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Why you need to keep your identity safe
Finances

Why you need to keep your identity safe

Have you received an unexpected email or text asking you to ‘confirm’ personal details by clicking on a link or opening an attachment? It could be an attempt to steal your information for financial gain. Identity theft is on the rise, so it’s important to know how to protect yourself. […]

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The Big Differences between the Great Depression and Covid-19
Coronavirus

The Big Differences between the Great Depression and Covid-19

Global economic activity has grounded to a halt, prompting fears the world is in for a re-run of The Great Depression. While there might be similar scenes, the parallels are not as strong as you may think. Without a doubt, countries worldwide are in for sharp, deep recessions as they […]

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New tax shortcut for employees working from home
Coronavirus

New tax shortcut for employees working from home

With many people now working from home because of COVID-19, some of the expenses your employer normally pays – such as electricity, heating and cooling – are now coming out of your wallet. Although some employers may provide a daily allowance to help with these additional costs, if you’re not […]

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Temporary Relief for Financially Distressed Businesses
Coronavirus

Temporary Relief for Financially Distressed Businesses

The coronavirus is first and foremost a health crisis, but as measures are being taken to reduce the spread of the virus throughout the community, many profitable businesses may temporarily suffer financial hardships. The Government announced the following initiatives to assist these businesses to make it through the crisis and […]

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Accelerated depreciation deductions to benefit businesses
Business

Accelerated depreciation deductions to benefit businesses

The Government has accelerated depreciation deductions for the next 15 months. Up until June 30, 2021, businesses turning over less than $500 million will be able to deduct 50 per cent of the cost of any eligible asset the moment it’s installed. It’s predicted these two tweaks to the investment […]

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Economic Stimulus Package – JobSeeker or JobKeeper
Coronavirus

Economic Stimulus Package – JobSeeker or JobKeeper

In a rapidly evolving response to the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Government announced in March a new suite of welfare packages to help Australians who’ve found themselves out of work. Among them are the JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments. Here’s a rundown of how they work:  JobSeeker This initiative was […]

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