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2017 on the whole has been a positive year for building wealth for our clients.  Property prices have risen, share markets are up and no great change to interest rates.  Also via increased demand for our services Empower Wealth has also grown with another 17 new staff joining the ranks this year. From the entire team at Empower Wealth, we’d ...

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Top 5 Considerations when Investing in Perth

Today I want to talk about the top considerations you need to think about if you want invest in my hometown of Perth. There are lots of wonderful reasons why you should consider it, but there's definitely some quirks about this particular city, which you need to think about if you are living interstate and you're thinking about becoming a border...

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Warning Signs

Ben appears in Money Magazine’s November article, Warning Signs, this time speaking with the prospective of his position as Chair of Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA). Why? As the article title suggests, unfortunately many property investors are falling prey to the spiels and spruiks of “advisors” who are making over...

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RBA Rate Decision – December 2017

At the December board meeting today, the Governor and the Board has kept the cash rate on hold at 1.5%. This is the sixteenth consecutive month we've seen the cash rate remain on hold at 1.5%. Now, the big news has been around the announcement of a Royal Commission into the banking sector to try and bring a bit more transparency into what's happ...

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RBA Rate Decision – November 2017

On the first Tuesday of the month where the nation stops for a horse race called the Melbourne Cup, the RBA have met and they've kept the cash rate on hold at 1.5%. Now, the cash rate hasn't moved since August 2016, so obviously the RBA are feeling quite comfortable where they have the cash rate. The reason for this is the lenders and the regul...

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Top 5 Considerations when Investing in Brisbane

Today, I want to talk about the considerations you need to think about if you're going to invest into the Brisbane marketplace. I've got quite a few friends who've got multi-million dollar property portfolios and their entire portfolio is made up of Brisbane real estate. So it's a wonderful market to consider. But there's a few things you need t...

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Negative Gearing Still Works

Bryce is Money Magazine’s cover story this October!! Here to explain Why Negative Gearing Still Works, Bryce puts forward a crucial point, and one we frequently come back to: negative gearing is not a strategy; it’s a tax outcome that represents a moment in time. In other words, “Negative gearing is a means to an end, not a permanent way ...

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“The best investment I’ve ever made cost me $10”

As well as his cover story Why Negative Gearing Still Works featuring in October’s edition of Money Magazine, Bryce also appears in The Hot Seat! In this one-pager, Bryce explains how flipping burgers for his first job taught him negotiation tactics and why the best investment decision he’s ever made only cost him $10!! As you might be able t...

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Top 5 Considerations when Investing in Sydney

Today I want to talk about Sydney as a place to invest, particularly from the perspective of someone who doesn't live in New South Wales and is considering becoming a borderless investor and buying in Australia's largest city. Being a Perth boy, the contrast between Perth and Sydney is SO great. The density, the population and the lifestyle is v...

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RBA Rate Decision – October 2017

Same old, same old from the RBA today, the cash rate remains on hold at 1.5%. So no real movement.   In terms of economic news, let's look globally first, and the US is probably the main story here. We did see the Trump administration release a Tax Reform package. Now, this tax reform package is all about that one flat tax rate of 20%. T...

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Top 5 Considerations when Investing in Melbourne

I'm a big advocate for people becoming a borderless investor — and, of course, Melbourne and Sydney have done really great over the last part of the cycle. But what if you actually don't live in Melbourne and you want to know some of the quirks about investing in Melbourne? What should you be looking for? So I thought I'd give some the top ...

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