Blog posts

Super is on the up, are you taking advantage?

12 May 2014

With many recent changes to superannuation, it is important to be informed about how the new legislation will affect you and your family.

Natural synergies

17 Apr 2014

As brothers, David and Craig Raits have always been close. They studied the same subjects at school, obtained the same degree at university, became CPAs, and even now work for the same company.

Is a Self Managed Super Fund right for me?

10 Apr 2014

There's no doubt that Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF) have received a lot of attention in the press over the past few years.

Why are market forecasts so unreliable?

10 Apr 2014

It is often suggested that some of the smartest people in the world work in financial markets. Unfortunately, intelligence doesn't necessarily equate to the ability to correctly and consistently predict the movements of markets and individual securities.

Legacy – what will yours be?

09 Apr 2014

The transfer of wealth from one generation to another requires careful thought about all of your assets and liabilities.  Having an effective estate plan helps ensure your assets, or the control of your assets, pass to your desired beneficiaries with minimal disruption and in the most tax-efficient manner.

Deeming of Account Based Pensions

25 Mar 2014

​Recently the Federal Government introduced legislation that would result in Account Based Pensions being subject to 'deeming' from 1 January 2015. This legislation has now passed Parliament.

Financial Astrology … it’s all in the stars

18 Mar 2014

"The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable" – John Kenneth Galbraith

Outcome on key reform proposals

07 Mar 2014

Previously we detailed some important proposed superannuation reforms. At the time of writing, the outcomes of these proposals were still pending. The Federal Government has now made the following decisions in relation to each of these reforms...

Exchange Traded Funds

07 Mar 2014

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are funds that hold a portfolio of securities managed to match the performance of an underlying index. Because they are index based, they are generally an efficient, liquid and cost-effective way to get exposure to various equity and bond markets.

Longevity and you

07 Mar 2014

​There is no doubt about it, we are all living longer. Like most things in life, increased longevity brings with it opportunities and challenges – in this case for us as individuals and collectively as a modern society.

The state of play with Queensland Health Contracts

14 Feb 2014

2013 was a year of great uncertainty for doctors working within the Public Health system. After the publication of the 'Blueprint for better healthcare in Queensland' and the later release of the Auditor-General's report into the private practice billings in Queensland Health, there has been a storm brewing over how Queensland Health engages with the 3,500 SMO and 750 VMO practitioners.

Child cover - who needs it?

11 Feb 2014

An increasing number of people are recognising the need to take out life, Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) or trauma insurance to cover themselves or their spouse. However, an often overlooked area is the need to ensure you have appropriate insurance cover in place for your children.