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How to be prepared for climbing interest rates

How to be prepared for climbing interest rates

Team Maddern
18/Sep/2017
Interest rates have been low for so long it’s tempting to think low rates are the new normal. So when the Reserve Bank suggests that a cash rate of 3.5 per cent is the new ‘neutral’, people take notice. Even the Prime Minister warned Australian householders to prepare for higher interest rates ahead.i The official […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Tax and the super afterlife

Tax and the super afterlife

Team Maddern
20/Apr/2017
Death and taxes are never pleasant topics to think about, but a little careful consideration now could save the people who will inherit your superannuation savings a big tax bill. Many people assume there’s no tax payable on super death benefits, and in some circumstances this will be the case. But tax may be payable […]
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 […]
Countdown to super deadline

Countdown to super deadline

Team Maddern
06/Mar/2017
The clock is ticking for investors who want to take advantage of the more generous tax concessions available in super this financial year. As of July 1, new rules come into effect that will reduce contribution limits. Until then, individuals under 65 can make a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution of up to $540,000 under the bring-forward […]
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 […]