Property investing – residential vs. commercial real estate

22 February

In the realm of property investment, prospective investors often grapple with comparing residential vs commercial real estate. Both offer viable investment opportunities, but they also come with their own unique advantages and drawbacks.   Hence,...[Read More]

Why you need to do something you love every single day

22 February

Engaging in activities that you love is not only enjoyable but also offers a multitude of benefits that can enrich your life in various ways. So, if you’re on the fence about indulging one or some of your life’s passions, here are some...[Read More]

Essential Checklist: Preparing for Your Will Drafting Session with a Lawyer

22 February

Preparing a will is an important step in managing your estate and ensuring your wishes are honoured after you pass away. Before meeting with a lawyer to draft your will, it’s beneficial to have several items prepared to make the process as smooth...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 16/02/24

21 February

Global shares were buffeted over the last week with hotter than expected US inflation data but better than expected profits results. While US shares hit a new record high, they fell 0.4% for the week. Eurozone shares reached new highs and rose...[Read More]

Data could end year-long holiday home tax breaks

21 February

New data collection methods could end the days of short-term rental property owners claiming tax deductions when the home is not being rented. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has vowed to raise the issue of the owners of holiday rentals or Airbnbs...[Read More]

Outgoing ATO boss calls for greater tax office powers

21 February

The outgoing head of the ATO has called for the tax office to have the power to collect evidence as part of criminal investigations. In a speech to the National Press Club, ATO commissioner Chris Jordan said the organisation should be given powers...[Read More]

Saving for the Future: Building Financial Security Step by Step

15 February

In an era where the allure of instant gratification is stronger than ever, the art of saving money seems to be fading into the background. Yet, the truth remains: most of us have aspirations that extend beyond our immediate reach, be it a new car,...[Read More]

Ultimate Road Trip Checklist: Navigating Your Next Adventure with Ease

15 February

Planning a road trip can be an exciting adventure, offering a unique blend of freedom, discovery, and bonding opportunities. Whether you’re exploring familiar landscapes or venturing into unknown territories, preparation is key to ensuring a...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights – investment outlook Q&A

14 February

Recession risks, rates and inflation, valuations, geopolitics, the US election and Swiftonomics   Key points – Rate hikes have worked in helping slow inflation and rate cuts are likely this year. Expect a bumpy ride though. – The risk of...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 09/02/24

14 February

Global share markets rose over the last week. For the week the US S&P 500 rose 1.4% taking it above 5000 for the first time supported by ongoing confidence in a “goldilocks” landing for the US economy and strong earnings results. Eurozone...[Read More]

PM delivers big pitch on tax cuts as crucial vote nears

14 February

Anthony Albanese has laid out his pitch for revamped income tax cuts as the changes reach a major hurdle. The prime minister told parliament the tax changes would not leave people behind, saying the measures represented meaningful change. “We want...[Read More]

Stamp duty costs climb as home buyers struggle to save

14 February

Saving for a house deposit is hard enough but it turns out other associated costs are soaring too, making home ownership more elusive. States and territories charge buyers stamp duty on most property purchases. The tax is up to six times more...[Read More]

Understanding the five key areas of personal finances

8 February

When it comes to managing your money, it’s crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of the five key areas of personal finance: income, spending, saving, investing, and protection. Mastering these elements can be the difference between...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights – 05/02/24

7 February

Key points – The Australian Government’s changes to the Stage 3 tax cuts have refocussed attention on the need for tax reform. – The Australian tax system has five key problems: it’s heavily reliant on income tax; it’s complicated by...[Read More]

Low income earners to benefit from Medicare levy change

7 February

Low-income earners will receive a tax boost with the Medicare levy threshold set to rise. Laws introduced to federal parliament will see the income threshold at which taxpayers need to pay a two per cent Medicare levy increase by 7.1 per cent, in...[Read More]