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Unintended consequences of Government COVID-19 Policies

Unintended consequences of Government COVID-19 Policies

For every action there is a reaction. And while we’re not criticising the government’s policy response to COVID-19, we recognise that such intervention often has unintended...
Is your SMSF balanced?

Is your SMSF balanced?

The recent sell-off on global sharemarkets due to the economic impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the risks of depending too heavily on a single asset class. Even before the current crisis,...
Support for business investment

Support for business investment

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...
Making peace with the unknown

Making peace with the unknown

Life constantly challenges us with unknowns, yet some of these hit closer to home and harder than others in their impact. The coronavirus is unprecedented in our lifetimes, so we are...
Coronavirus and Global Volatility

Coronavirus and Global Volatility

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...
Hold on – Bumpy markets ahead

Hold on – Bumpy markets ahead

After period of optimism, global investment markets have hit the panic button on fears about the possible economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  At times like these, it’s...
Ins and outs of SMSF property investing

Ins and outs of SMSF property investing

With a property market recovery underway, most notably in Sydney and Melbourne, Australian investors are once again pursuing their love affair with property investing. For many...
Steering through choppy seas

Steering through choppy seas

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...
Building wealth in diversity

Building wealth in diversity

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...
Positives and Negatives of Negative Gearing

Positives and Negatives of Negative Gearing

Negatively gearing an investment property is viewed by many Australians as a tax effective way to get ahead.  According to Treasury, more than 1.9 million people earned rental income in...
Making the most of falling interest rates

Making the most of falling interest rates

The Reserve Bank’s decision to cut official interest rates is good news for anyone with a mortgage or hoping to buy their first home, but presents a challenge for savers. Whatever your...
Jump and celebrate !! We have been able to negotiate further savings for you

Jump and celebrate !! We have been able to negotiate further savings for you

The end of financial year is fast approaching and we wanted to share some good news in regards to fee reductions we have negotiated for you. You may remember we have talked about the...

Dollar Cost Averaging

Dollar cost averaging is an alternative strategy to investing a lump sum. Using this approach you invest a set amount at regular intervals over time. This method of investing can be a...
Artificial intelligence – the future of finance

Artificial intelligence – the future of finance

We often like to think of artificial intelligence as some fantasy of the distant future, the stuff of sci-fi movies. But the reality is, it’s already here. From flight comparison websites...
Lowering the Cost of Delivering Financial Advice

Lowering the Cost of Delivering Financial Advice

Whilst the Banking Royal Commission was making headlines earlier in the year and for much of last year, our team have been crunching numbers, and now that the data is in, we can’t help...
Media Release: Independent Investment Committee Member Announcement

Media Release: Independent Investment Committee Member Announcement

Media Release: Darren Howlin to join Australian Advice Network Asset Management as Independent investment committee member Centaur Financial Services, as a foundation member of the...
Franking credits on the chopping board

Franking credits on the chopping board

What started as an issue few people understood and even fewer cared about has suddenly become a flashpoint for self-funded retirees as we head into a federal election. Yes, we’re talking...
How to keep ahead of the yield curve

How to keep ahead of the yield curve

US Interest rates have been making headlines in recent months, but do they really matter to Australian investors? The short answer is they do, a lot.  Changes in US interest rate...
Small steps add up

Small steps add up

Sometimes, when thinking about your long-term financial goals, they can seem so big as to be insurmountable. But the truth is, those that achieve financial success don’t usually do so by...
Financial Rules to live by in 2019

Financial Rules to live by in 2019

Australia has enjoyed almost three decades of economic sunshine. But it’s worth remembering that dark clouds can appear without warning over both individuals and economies. You may...
2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

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...
How to Talk with Children about Money

How to Talk with Children about Money

One of the big issues we speak with clients about is their children relationship with money. The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) this year for Financial Planning week...
10 Years Ago – The Global Financial Crisis

10 Years Ago – The Global Financial Crisis

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...
Plugging in to technology stocks

Plugging in to technology stocks

On August 2, Apple became the world’s first company to reach US$1 trillion in market value. It took 42 years to get there from humble beginnings in an LA garage, but a handful of younger...
Helping you find your financial path

Helping you find your financial path

When it comes to personal finances and ways to build your wealth it seems that everyone has an opinion – and a preferred pathway for wealth accrual. From your mate who likes to share his...
Ready…set… Are you good to go for the new financial year?

Ready…set… Are you good to go for the new financial year?

The end of the financial year is the cue for most of us to look at our financial position heading into tax time. Hopefully you’ve made progress towards your goals. But if you find that...
Franking dividends facing the chop

Franking dividends facing the chop

Here we go again. Superannuation could be about to undergo more change with the federal opposition announcing it will end cash refunds of franking credits on share dividends if it wins the...
How blockchain is already changing your world

How blockchain is already changing your world

Although we are only at the tip of the iceberg of blockchain’s immense potential, industry leaders like Bob Greifeld, CEO of Nasdaq, have already pegged the emerging technology as “the...
Golden rules of investing

Golden rules of investing

At first glance, investing can seem daunting. So much complex information and so little time to absorb and act on it when you’re busy getting on with life. It’s little wonder that so...
Expand your horizon with ETFs and LICs

Expand your horizon with ETFs and LICs

One of the golden rules of investing is diversification, but that can be difficult to achieve when you are just starting out or have limited funds to tap into a world of opportunities....

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