30 Jul 2013
The dividend imputation system was put in place by the Government to avoid the double taxation of company profits. That is, company profit taxed in both the hands of the company and the shareholder.
15 Jul 2013
As a Private Client Adviser, one of the issues I often get asked is, 'what is the best investment?'. Typically people are accustomed to considering various options such as cash, term deposits, bonds, property, shares and the like (a few may like to consider the hottest tip in an upcoming race at Flemington on Saturday an investment, but that is never going to be a sound strategy for wealth creation!).
10 Jul 2013
In past generations, there weren't usually questions around combining finances as it was something that was simply done once you got married. These days things are a little different and perhaps more complicated, particularly for couples that get married when they are older and more likely to be financially well-established.
08 Jul 2013
With the stress of young children, career progression and mortgage payments, one of the last things your children may think about is life insurance. It seems that there are always other more pressing priorities.
05 Jul 2013
An area where I am receiving more and more enquiries is in regards to the borrowing provisions within superannuation. Commonly, clients are interested in buying an investment property within their self managed superannuation fund (SMSF), and utilising some borrowings to fund part of the purchase.
04 Jul 2013
Since self managed superannuation funds (SMSF) first became available as an option for holding superannuation balances in 1994 they have made the headlines, both in positive and negative ways.
02 Jul 2013
Getting married brings a whole new dimension to our planning objectives. Starting a family is also a time when protecting your loved ones takes on increased importance.
28 Jun 2013
Recently a friend passed away from a heart attack, with no warning signs, after a workout at his local gym.
28 Jun 2013
You don't know what you don't know. There are many simple financial planning strategies available to many people.
26 Jun 2013
Most people do not like having to work to a budget. A budget often seems to be a negative – focussing us on what we can't have rather than what we can. The answer to successful budgeting lies in the way we think.
20 Jun 2013
With the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) still fresh in investors' minds, I often get asked, "how do you know the stock market will continue to go up?"
18 Jun 2013
Over the last year there has been lots of talk about the federal budget. With headlines such as 'Budget needs tough choices' and 'Surplus? You already spent it' – there is no denying that achieving a budget surplus is a very important issue.