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Effectively managing and monitoring your portfolio is hugely important if you want to be a successful investor - but it doesn't need to take as long as you think. In the September 2014 Issue of Smart Property Investment (SPI) Magazine, Ben Kingsley explains that most property investors who stick to the traditional 'buy and hold' strategy will te...

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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 Top 3 Myths of Financial Planning

So one of the key myths of Financial Planning is that our role is to minimise your tax or reduce your tax bill. The reality is our job is certainly a lot larger than that. It's about looking at the long term objectives, how do we position your portfolio, your investments and your savings to achieve that. Tax is simply a by-product of that. And the ...

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What is a Tax Depreciation Schedule?

Depreciation is tax deduction for property investors. We invest in property to increase our wealth over time. One thing that we need to do is make sure we claim everything that we are able to claim, one of those thing being depreciation. Items in a property are wearing out over time, the buildings will one day fall over I guess and so the tax offic...

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Three Biggest Mistakes Aspiring Investors make

As Buyer Agent, we are often asked to talk about biggest mistakes investors make. The most significant mistake however is not always the obvious one. People associate property investment mistakes with poorly chosen assets in areas which don’t exhibit capital growth, or financial mistakes (like paying too much), or dodgy buildings… or better sti...

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It’s never too late to stop being scammed

As a property investment advisor you will inevitably be faced with the question at some stage of your career… “Will I chose PRIDE or will I chose PROFIT?” because in the property investment industry there are some very lucrative commissions that are on offer when a property transaction happens – particularly brand new property. At first ...

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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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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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The Investment A-Team

As the driver of your investment strategy, selecting the right members for your team is crucial to scoring investment gold. In April 2013 issue of the Smart Property Investment Magazine, Ben Kingsley writes about the need to take control and hand pick a team that will be contributing and working towards improving your financial status. Similar t...

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A Meeting of Minds

The most successful investor know to get their knowledge from those who have been successful before them. For the April 2013 issue of Smart Property Investment Magazine, Ben Kingsley was invited to join five other leading minds in property to share and discuss their views on different aspects of property investment. Ben will be answering questions...

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Checklist for a Great Property Manager

One of the many things we do that our competitor Buyer's Agents don't all do is offer an independent recommendation when it comes to the final stage in your property purchasing journey. We don't just leave our clients with a great property and wish them well, we actually take an active role in making sure their newest asset is managed by a professi...

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