Aged care changes and the family home
Decisions around aged care are always difficult and emotional. From the start of next year they are likely to get even more complex, with both the Age Pension and aged care sectors set for another shake-up. Currently, many people entering aged care choose to keep their former home and rent it out to help with […]
Property: Rent, buy or invest?
Buying a home has been heralded as the way to get ahead for generations of Australians. But with housing affordability a rising concern for would-be first home buyers and their parents, many younger Australians are beginning to weigh up whether it’s better to buy, rent or invest in residential property. Despite record low interest rates, […]
Budget your way into the black
$2.2 trillion. That’s how much Australian households owe right now, according to the latest ABS stats.i Household liabilities grew by $1.2 billion in the last quarter alone. Real household debt per person has risen steadily by around 2 per cent per year, and now sits at around $79,000 per person.ii Sound scary? The good news […]
Can I give a Christmas gift to my clients?
At this time of year it is common to provide gifts to existing clients and customers as an act of goodwill and as a thank you for their custom and support of your business. As the gift is an expense to your business it is generally considered to be a tax deduction. The ATO has […]
Maddern Financial Advisers shortlisted for Optus My Business Awards
Maddern Financial Advisers has been shortlisted as a finalist to win an award in the category: Professional Services Business of the Year, at the Optus My Business Awards 2016, hosted by My Business, Australia’s longest-running publication tailored to the small business community. Founded in 2003, Maddern Financial Advisers offers superior Independent Financial and Accounting advice […]
If you’re changing jobs, you should read this.
Changing jobs often sits up the top of the list of stressful life events along with moving house, death in the family, illness or divorce. Human beings are generally not designed well to regularly make huge changes like a job change in life, and so many of us stay in jobs for years and years. […]
Keys to de-stressing your mortgage
“Don’t sail out farther than you can row back.” This Danish saying is sound advice for anyone thinking of borrowing to buy a home, particularly now that interest rates are low and house prices are generally rising in most metropolitan centres of Australia. According to a paper1 for the Centre of Policy Development and University […]
Financial Commentary and Investment Opportunities for September 2016
Today, in our monthly video newsletter, Dennis speaks about current economic issues and three major investment opportunities for Australian investors.
What makes a good financial adviser?
Qualifications There was once a time where becoming a financial adviser was relatively simple; complete a Diploma of Financial Planning, find a licensee who will have you and off on your way. Events such the demise of Storm Financial have led an incredible push to raise the industry professional standards over the past ten years, […]
Buying a business
Set yourself up for success Many of us dream of running our own business, with all the independence and satisfaction that offers. While striking out on your own can be personally and financially rewarding, getting off to a good start is crucial to success. So if you are seriously thinking about becoming your own boss […]