Tax relief for start-ups
To encourage innovation and new small businesses, the government offers a range of valuable tax incentives and concessions designed to help start-ups. There are even tax deductions for expenses you incur before you start trading. Here’s a roundup of some of the tax concessions on offer: Start-up expenses Most new businesses face some hefty start-up expenses […]
Investing to achieve your goals
How are your New Year’s resolutions progressing? Many of us start out with the best of intentions – to get fit, improve our diet, drink less, travel more, get out of debt or get ahead financially. But without clear goals and a plan to achieve them, our good intentions are likely to remain just that. […]
What’s really holding you back from your goals?
Everyone has goals they want to reach, whether they relate to work, family, lifestyle, or sport. But it seems like only a few people achieve what they set out to do. For the rest of us, success is always just out of reach. It’s got to the point where we joke with our friends and […]
Opportunities in the cooling property market-1
Things are looking up for first home buyers for the first time in years as house price growth begins to slow across the country. While prices have been on the slide for some areas in the West and the North since the end of the mining boom, the housing market in Sydney and Melbourne also […]
The changing face of DIY super
Move over baby boomers, younger Australians are taking to self-managed superannuation funds in ever greater numbers. While the face of DIY super may be changing, the reasons for flying solo remain the same. Flexibility and control are the main drawcards, along with falling set-up costs. The latest statistics from the Australian Taxation Office show that […]
10 years later – Lessons learned from the Global Financial Crisis
It’s been a decade since the market crash known as the Global Financial Crisis rocked the investment world. At the time investors could only watch in disbelief as 50 per cent was wiped off the value of their shares. Arguably, the actions those investors took are still reverberating today. Which begs the question: what are […]
Where is the best place to stash your cash?
Australia’s historically low interest rates are great news for borrowers but a headache for savers. Whether you are a young single saving for a home deposit, a family saving for future education costs or a retiree seeking income, the hunt is on to find the best return on your savings. In a recent survey by […]
What are the differences between ETFs and LICs? And why are investors flocking to them?
One of the golden rules of investing is diversification, but that can be difficult to achieve when you are just starting out or have limited funds to tap into a world of opportunities. Which is why investors have been flocking to exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and listed investment companies (LICs). ETFs and LICs are like managed […]
Smart investing: using dividends to increase returns
The study of behavioural finance tells us people prefer a small certain reward today than a bigger uncertain one in future. That’s certainly true of share investors over the past decade. Against a backdrop of low interest rates and slow economic growth, investors have looked for dividends in ‘safe’ companies rather than big capital gains […]
Living longer, living better
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 […]