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Money management articles & tips

How confident are you that the way you currently manage your money is the best way, and that you are effectively capturing your surplus cash flow? Check out our informative articles for tips on successful money management and learn how cash flow management is essential to successful property investment and how it can impact on your lifestyle in retirement.

Tax Refund: Can You Request It Sooner?

Whenever you are buying an investment property, you should never buy it for tax reasons alone because it really has to be about the fundamentals underlying that particular property that you're buying. But let's be honest, once you've done that, the tax concessions or the tax refund that you get from holding a property is a very strong reason why yo...

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Improving Financial Literacy

In previous newsletter articles, we looked at the results of an international study which highlighted the high poverty rate amongst older Australians compared to other countries. In this newsletter, we look at a recent international study which casts Australia in a more favourable light. The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (P...

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The Impact of the Federal Budget on your retirement

In recent articles in this series, we have discussed the state of incomes of older Australians compared to other developed nations, and concluded that we fare very poorly in such a comparison. In this article, we take a look at the proposals contained in the May 2014 Federal Budget and how they may impact on the wealth and lifestyle of older Austra...

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Whose Responsibility?

If Old age poverty rate were to still be at its current level of 35.5% by 2050, we would be facing the prospect of over 10% of Australians living in poverty at a time when they should be enjoying their desired retirement lifestyle. Would it be the responsibility of the Superannuation or the Age Pension to avoid this? Will they even work? In an e...

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How to Mitigate Property Risks?

In my last video, I talked to you about the risks of investing in residential property and they are important things to consider. There were five of them. There was legislation risk, gearing risk, general or what I call value risk, tenancy risk, and liquidity risk. Now I want to talk to you today about mitigating those risks. Now when it comes t...

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Is Australia really a good place to grow old?

You may have been pleasantly surprised earlier this month to read in the newspapers that “Australia ranks 14th out of 91 countries in a new index of the best and worst places to grow old, and which warns many nations are ill-prepared to deal with the old age time bomb.  In a rapidly greying world, the Global AgeWatch Index - the first of its kin...

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RBA Rate decision – August 2013

As heavily anticipated at its board meeting today the RBA has reduced the cash rate by 0.25% to 2.5%.  Glenn Stephen’s comments earlier this month around having ‘reasonable scope’ to reduce rates follows on from his previous comments regarding the slower than anticipated move in economic activity away from the mining sector into the general ...

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