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Millennials are FIRED up for financial freedom

Millennials are FIRED up for financial freedom

Team Maddern
03/Aug/2018
Millennials are often accused of living for the present and wasting their money on smashed avocado. So it may come as a surprise that younger Australians are at the vanguard of a growing movement committed to the old-fashioned virtues of thrift and saving, but with a modern twist.  Whereas the mantra of the Baby Boomers […]
It’s time to talk about debt

It’s time to talk about debt

Team Maddern
09/Apr/2018
Debt in Australian households are among the highest in the world and rising, thanks largely to worsening housing affordability and plentiful consumer credit. So how do we measure up and should we be worried? Most global comparisons measure total household debt as a percentage of net income. At last count, Australia’s household debt to income […]
Transition to retirement still a smart move

Transition to retirement still a smart move

Team Maddern
05/Feb/2018
They say 60 is the new 40. And while it’s true that today’s over-50s are healthy and active for longer than previous generations, many in this position begin to dream about scaling back their work commitments so they can start ticking off their bucket list.  You may want the flexibility to travel more, volunteer or […]
Investing to achieve your goals

Investing to achieve your goals

Team Maddern
15/Jan/2018
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. […]
Opportunities in the cooling property market-1

Opportunities in the cooling property market-1

Team Maddern
04/Dec/2017
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 […]
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 […]
Retirement and the impact of home ownership

Retirement and the impact of home ownership

Team Maddern
13/Nov/2017
Owning your own home has long been the Australian dream but after years of strong house price growth it’s becoming less of a reality for many. This has major implications for retirement planning. The major factor behind the shifting approach to home ownership is the prohibitive price of property, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. As […]
10 years later – Lessons learned from the Global Financial Crisis

10 years later – Lessons learned from the Global Financial Crisis

Team Maddern
06/Nov/2017
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 […]
What are the differences between ETFs and LICs? And why are investors flocking to them?

What are the differences between ETFs and LICs? And why are investors flocking to them?

Team Maddern
16/Oct/2017
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

Smart investing: using dividends to increase returns

Team Maddern
09/Oct/2017
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 […]