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Identifying Honest Advice

Being able to distinguish between good advice and a sales spiel is essential for successful investing writes Ben Kingsley in this June 2013 issue of Smart Property Investment Magazine. In this article, Ben shares his thoughts and experience when dealing with a Finance Advisor and how some of them had been great while others are not so. Whether y...

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Why we don’t like off the plan properties?

We all hear about the benefits of off the plan developments, but aside from stamp duty savings, groovy new dwellings and small holding deposits, what are some of the perils? Many investors have flocked to off plan developments in the past because they were either encouraged by the marketers who were promoting them, or lured by the stamp duty sav...

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RBA Rate decision – June 2013

Although Shane Oliver (AMP Capital), a high profile economist, had predicted another rate cut this month, the RBA decided to leave the cash rate on hold for now at its board meeting today. Bill Evans, another high profile economist (Westpac) was also in the cut camp until only last week, when some positive data and the declining dollar swayed hi...

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Property Research in Property Investment

This time on Melbourne Property TV (MPTV), Ben will be discussing with Des Dowling, MPTV Host on the importance of Property Research in Property Investment. Ben will be demonstrating this with real-life figures and historical trends consisting of the past 37 years movements in the market, focusing particularly on property investment in Melbourne...

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Top 3 Tips for Buying Property at Auction

I must admit, I‘m incredibly fortunate to enjoy the professional life that I do.  I get significant job satisfaction in my role as Director of Empower Wealth helping our clients achieve their financial goals through residential property investment - as was recently featured in the cover story of the March Money Magazine  “Earn $2,500 per week...

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RBA Rate decision – May 2013

The decision for the RBA to reduce interest rates this month, took most economist and cash rate commentators including myself a little bit by surprise.  Sure the recent economic data highlighted our economy was losing its mo-joe, but again there were signs for me around greater buying activity and strong employment that lead me to thinking there m...

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Another look at Predicting the Future

In a previous article, we discussed one of the key factors in developing a long-term wealth building strategy  -  the need to “predict”, or at least make assumptions about, how key variables affecting the outcome of the strategy will change in the future.  For example, a strategy involving the use of borrowed money will need to include an as...

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Property vs Shares

Ben Kingsley on MPTV - Property vs Shares. This topic has always been a can of worms and Ben shares his opinions surrounding: what aspects of properties that make it an attractive investment asset in terms of risks, market regulations and potential in growth what aspects of shares and superannuation that make it a fast growing option for inve...

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Education versus Sales Pitch

Events and seminars can offer great investment insights, but investors must differentiate between education ans a sales pitch. This time in the May 2013 issue of Smart Property Investment Magazine, Ben Kingsley writes about the importance of continually building your understanding and exposure towards Property Investment if you are an investor y...

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State of the Property Market

Ben Kingsley, CEO and Founder of Empower Wealth appears in this Melbourne Property TV (MPTV) Segment with fellow co-panel discussing about the State of the Property Market. This time around in MPTV, Ben shares his point of view towards: - how lower interest rate affects Australians affordability which subsequently affects the property market movem...

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