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Bankruptcy: Not the end of tax considerations

Bankruptcy: Not the end of tax considerations

Team Maddern
28/Aug/2018
With personal debt on the rise, many Australians are struggling with their finances. In most cases, a repayment plan can be worked out to get you back in the black. If that’s not feasible, another solution can be to declare bankruptcy, but this can have serious implications if you are running your own small business. […]
Tackling financial stress

Tackling financial stress

Team Maddern
28/May/2018
You’ve probably heard of social stress – fear of fitting in, feeling anxious about meeting new people. Or you might have experienced stage fright – the stress of public speaking, performing, or presenting in front of people. But there’s another form of stress on the rise that’s potentially affecting Australians much more regularly and seriously […]
What will the Budget mean to you?

What will the Budget mean to you?

Team Maddern
09/May/2018
The Budget promises to deliver a strong economy, more jobs, guaranteed essential services and the government living within its means, so what does this mean to you? Encouraging tax cuts There’s immediate relief for Australians on low to middle incomes, as well as light at the end of the tunnel for higher-income earners. Those earning […]
Tax considerations when separating

Tax considerations when separating

Team Maddern
07/May/2018
Divorce is never easy, and with so many practical and emotional issues to process it’s hardly surprising if tax is not top of mind. But tax can have far-reaching consequences if it’s not considered when marital property is divided, especially now that divorce is on the rise among older couples with more wealth at stake. […]
Home and away with super

Home and away with super

Team Maddern
16/Apr/2018
Australians buying their first home or downsizing in retirement are about to receive a helping hand thanks to new superannuation rules which come into effect on July 1. From that date, first home buyers will be able to contribute up to $30,000 into their super fund towards a home deposit while downsizers can put up […]
Separating needs from wants

Separating needs from wants

Team Maddern
18/Dec/2017
Even those of us who have been paragons of responsibility for 51 weeks of the year can be tempted to take a budgeting holiday when Christmas and the summer vacation roll around. Unlike overindulging at the Christmas lunch, this has more than short-term consequences. Last December, Australians spent $25.6 billion in retail stores. A survey […]
The 12 tips of Christmas

The 12 tips of Christmas

Team Maddern
11/Dec/2017
Ever wonder what Christmas carols would sound like if they were written today? There’d probably be a lot less about piper’s piping and partridges in pear trees, and a bit more about the madness of trying to put on the perfect Christmas without breaking the bank – or going a bit mad. Perhaps an urban […]
Managing big life changes

Managing big life changes

Team Maddern
20/Nov/2017
You’ve probably heard the saying ‘change is as good as a holiday’. And sure, in some situations, altering your circumstances can be refreshing. But not all major life changes make you feel immediately clear, secure, and ready to take on the world. When everything you know is turned upside down, moving forward successfully is not […]
Living longer, living better

Living longer, living better

Team Maddern
31/Aug/2017
There’s nothing quite like a tabloid story about a centenarian partying hard for their birthday to make you feel the creaks in every joint. It doesn’t matter whether they’re on a golf course in the Kangaroo Valley, carving up the slopes in the Rockies or hitting the gym for regular yoga and Pilates classes (and […]
How psychology shapes our financial health

How psychology shapes our financial health

Team Maddern
20/Jun/2017
For many school children of a certain vintage, the wisest investment of their youth was made for them. Buried away in their time capsule, some will still have a battered old bankbook, into which a small amount was regularly deposited. Come the final day of Grade 6, a wide-eyed kid might find a few hundred […]