Blog posts

Results season wrap

29 Sep 2016

The major themes from this reporting season.

Changes to Budget super reforms announced

19 Sep 2016

Changes to Budget super reforms announced: $500,000 lifetime NCC cap dropped.

SWOT analysis and the family business

12 Sep 2016

What is SWOT analysis, and how it can be used to define objectives and achieve success.

Easy ways to improve your home

25 Aug 2016

You don’t need millions to give a house a new lease on life – little things can make a big difference.

News from Shadforth

25 Aug 2016

Recently our Victorian team, with support from the IOOF Foundation, partnered with the Ardoch Youth Foundation in a two-year Literacy Buddy program.

Private health insurance rebates reduced

25 Aug 2016

Private health insurance is available for all Australians who wish to cover the costs of being a private patient in hospital. Being a private patient means you have more control over the doctor who treats you in hospital and, in some instances, can reduce the waiting time for elective surgery by being treated in a private hospital.

The Japanese yen - why is it a safe haven?

25 Aug 2016

The yen is the official currency of Japan and has been considered a safe haven currency for decades. A safe haven currency is expected to retain its value during financial market weakness and when risk aversion increases.

Investment market review 30 June 2016

25 Aug 2016

Investment market review for the quarter ended 30 June 2016.

Intelligent and sustainable - how does your home compare?

25 Aug 2016

Environmental sustainability and comfort are not mutually exclusive. Today, there are a number of ways you can reduce your utility bills, boost your comfort and live more sustainably.

Who gets your super if you die?

25 Aug 2016

It’s something we don’t really like to talk about, but have you thought about who gets your super if you die? Super is different from other assets because the trustee of your super fund has control over who gets your super and any risk insurance payout - it doesn’t automatically flow to your estate.

Interest rate hits record low

25 Aug 2016

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) lowered the cash rate unexpectedly by 25 basis points during the quarter to 1.75 per cent and in early August further cut the rate to an historical low of 1.50 per cent.

Term deposit rates: An unexpected positive for savers

23 Aug 2016

The Reserve Bank of Australia cut the official interest rate to a record low of 1.50%. Whilst such news would usually be greeted with dismay by savers, since many financial institutions would lower their deposit rates, the response from the banks regarding their term deposit (TD) rates was surprising