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Missed the boom? Quality properties can still appreciate

Missed the boom? Quality properties can still appreciate

As a rule of thumb, unencumbered, quality properties in good locations increase in value over time.

  • by George Cochrane

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Handing out cash for Christmas, the right way

Handing out cash for Christmas, the right way

If you give away more than $10,000 in a financial year it will be deemed as a deprived asset for five years from the date of the gift. However, there are other options to achieve the same outcome.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Is now a good time to cash in some investments?

Is now a good time to cash in some investments?

Rising inflation is causing interest rates to rise and share prices could be under pressure over coming months.

  • by George Cochrane
Super fund portfolio disclosure a step forward, despite drawbacks

Super fund portfolio disclosure a step forward, despite drawbacks

Super funds will be required to start disclosing most of their investment portfolios from March next year, but is it enough?

  • by John Collett
Are profit-driven super funds a problem?

Are profit-driven super funds a problem?

Regulators have waived through a deal that will see private equity giant KKR take controlling ownership of the Commonwealth Bank’s superannuation business.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
Money gifts to young children can create tax problems

Money gifts to young children can create tax problems

There is a punitive tax rate that relates to income distributions to children under 18 years of age.

  • by Noel Whittaker
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How much do you really need for a modest retirement?

How much do you really need for a modest retirement?

The Association of Super Funds of Australia (ASFA) estimates you need income of $41,446 a year for a modest retirement, starting at age 67.

  • by George Cochrane
‘Stapling’ may put members of dud super funds at risk

‘Stapling’ may put members of dud super funds at risk

The new “stapling” measure means that workers’ super funds follow them from job to job; that includes funds that failed APRA’s performance test.

  • by John Collett
You must work longer, but corporate reality doesn’t match the policy

You must work longer, but corporate reality doesn’t match the policy

The federal government is encouraging people to work longer, yet age discrimination is increasingly becoming a serious issue in the workplace and there is a significant gap between policy and corporate reality.

  • by Emily Chantiri
How to build wealth in a highly tax-effective manner

How to build wealth in a highly tax-effective manner

Capital gains on investments not being taxed until disposal, plus dividends that enjoy franking, are a powerful combination.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Time to catch the wave and sell your investment property

Time to catch the wave and sell your investment property

News reports indicate mortgage rates could be increased sooner than expected and that the rate of property price growth may be slowing.

  • by George Cochrane