Blog posts

A volatile quarter

20 Nov 2015

International share markets fall as uncertainty spikes.

Merger and acquisition activity in Australia

05 Nov 2015

2015 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in Australia since the global financial crisis.

Impact of the falling Australian dollar

05 Nov 2015

Over the past year the Australian dollar (AUD) has fallen almost 20 per cent from 88 cents to just under 73 cents against the US dollar (USD). The falling AUD not only affected the Australian economy, but also influences companies listed on the ASX from both a revenue and costs perspective.

The art of achieving what is important to you

16 Oct 2015

Recently I attended the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery. Not only did I enjoy viewing the exhibitions, but I also enjoyed reading the descriptions next to each painting. I am a 'mindset' type of person.

Reporting season wrap

02 Oct 2015

The company reporting season has finished for another year, with FY15 results generally in-line with market expectations. The S&P/ASX 200 index underperformed international equities during August, ending the month 7.8 per cent lower.

US Federal Reserve leaves rates unchanged

02 Oct 2015

One of the biggest questions for global share markets during 2015 has been when the US Federal Reserve will lift short-term interest rates. US interest rates have been near zero since the Global Financial Crisis to encourage borrowing and boost growth.

Hybrid sector – Weakness provides opportunity

02 Oct 2015

Hybrid securities earn their name from the fact that they possess characteristics of both equity (ownership) and debt (loan) investment. Most hybrids are listed on the ASX and can be bought and sold like any other listed investment.

A story about the importance of insurance

22 Sep 2015

If you are like most Australians, insurance is one of those things which can be put off for another day. But another day might be one too late – the story of Patty outlines how important it is to have the right insurance.

Bubbling house prices – where to from here?

22 Sep 2015

Reports of record-breaking sale prices, high auction clearance rates and Glenn Stevens, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), talking of 'crazy' house prices has greatly inflated the housing bubble debate.

Did you know… lower tax for small business?

22 Sep 2015

Following the Federal Budget announcement, the Government has now passed law to change the tax rate for small businesses structured as a company. The new tax rate is effective from 1 July 2015.

Choosing your executor

22 Sep 2015

An important part of making a Will is deciding who should act as the executor of your estate. An executor acts as your representative and will make sure that your wishes, as detailed in your Will, are followed.

The China syndrome

22 Sep 2015

The recent severe volatility in China's share markets has raised questions about the causes of the fall and about the wider implications for the global economy and markets generally.