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Increasing the impact of your donations

Increasing the impact of your donations

Team Maddern
15/Jun/2017
As we reach the end of financial year, we have the opportunity to rethink our approach to donating. As we reexamine our financial positions and think about tax time, giving to a worthy cause makes a lot of sense. Just like there are ways to make sure that you make the most of available deductions, […]
June 30: Tips for getting your financial house in order

June 30: Tips for getting your financial house in order

Team Maddern
08/Jun/2017
Time is running out to get your financial house in order before June 30. This is especially the case for anyone who has funds available to make a large cash injection into their superannuation retirement savings before the rules change. The 2016-17 financial year is your last opportunity to make a non-concessional (after tax) contribution […]
How to manage major life changes

How to manage major life changes

Team Maddern
01/Jun/2017
Change is one of the few constants in life. Major life changes can occur unexpectedly or as a result of careful planning. Not all major life changes make you feel immediately clear, secure, and ready to take on the world, so when life as you know it is turned upside down, moving forward successfully isn’t […]
The power in delaying gratification: are you too soft on yourself?

The power in delaying gratification: are you too soft on yourself?

Team Maddern
25/May/2017
Delaying gratification is a simple concept, but as most people know it’s much more difficult to employ in our lives. Ask yourself truthfully, when was the last time you had to wait for something you really wanted? Not just your morning coffee, or an item on sale you’ve been wanting – something especially important? Think back to […]
Keeping track of your credit rating

Keeping track of your credit rating

Team Maddern
18/May/2017
Today, applying for a loan seems to have never been easier. Interest rates are comparatively low and competition among lenders for new business is intense. So it can come as a surprise when a loan application is turned down. The reason is often a bad personal credit score, but few people understand what that is, let […]
What will the budget mean to you?-1

What will the budget mean to you?-1

Team Maddern
10/May/2017
Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget of the Coalition’s second term in office marked a significant shift in tone from the tough stance of its three previous budgets. Gone is the mantra of debt and deficit. Instead the Treasurer has balanced the government’s resolve to live within its means with promises to tackle the cost of […]
Australian economy: still going strong

Australian economy: still going strong

Team Maddern
06/Apr/2017
Australia, take a bow. We are on the brink of overtaking the Netherlands’ record for the longest period without a recession and very close to pulling off an even greater feat. Not only have we survived the end of an extraordinary mining boom without going bust, but the economy is showing signs of renewed growth. […]
Using tax for effective property investing

Using tax for effective property investing

Team Maddern
30/Mar/2017
With Australian property remaining expensive and banks tightening their lending criteria, investors need to ensure their property investments are a financial success. A key element is maximising the taxation benefits flowing from your investment. This includes correctly structuring the loan and ensuring your deduction claims don’t fall foul of the tax man. Getting the structure […]
The cost of hobbies

The cost of hobbies

Team Maddern
23/Mar/2017
In modern times, hobbies have become an essential part of life. This sounds a bit weird, since by definition, they’re activities that you choose to do for yourself. Since the advent of the eight hour day and the rise in average wealth in Australia, it’s got to the point where having a passion outside your […]
How to achieve early retirement

How to achieve early retirement

Team Maddern
21/Feb/2017
Spending more time with your family. Picking up a brand new hobby. Exploring exotic destinations for longer than your scant weeks of annual leave would allow. However you paint it, retirement is a beautiful goal to work towards. And starting early means you’ve got more time and energy to enjoy it. Early retirement has become […]