Take a long-term viewInvestment results tend to vary more widely when you just consider the returns over a period of one year.Ten-year returns are generally much more stable and a lot more predictable as can be seen in the chart below.  Impact of reacting to short-term noiseVolatility is part of investing, and whilst we can avoid it,…

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How is world faring against the Coronavirus (a.k.a COVID-19)? Since COVID-19 was first detected in China, transmission across the rest of the world has been substantial, as have been the number of deaths. There have been over 3.5 million confirmed cases and over 247,000 deaths. However overall growth rates have slowed globally. This raises confidence…

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Here are some of the pros and cons To lessen the financial impacts of the Coronavirus situation, the Government is allowing people who are eligible to access up to $20,000 (in two lump sums) of their super for a limited time. Super is designed to provide for you in retirement, but this limited access legislation…

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On 30 March 2020, the Federal Government announced the introduction of the JobKeeper Payment. The payment is a wage subsidy paid by the Government to businesses significantly impacted by the Coronavirus. This will allow employers to continue paying their employees whether they are able to work or not. The Government will provide $1,500 per fortnight…

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The changes include accessing some of your super if you’re in financial stress, tax concessions for small businesses and changes to social security benefits. Below is an overview of the initiatives and changes that may help you. During these uncertain times, professional financial advice is even more important. Financial advisers look at your current circumstances…

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The Australian Taxation Office (ATO), as self-managed super funds (SMSFs) regulator, has recently announced it will contact approximately 17,700 SMSF trustees in relation to their investment strategy. This is due to growing concerns that some SMSFs are invested in an overly concentrated manner, typically with real property. The ATO statement can be found here. The ATO…

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If you’re employed or self‑employed, income protection insurance can replace up to 75% of your pre-tax income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury. Why protect your income? If you are unable to work for an extended period due to illness or injury, you could run down your savings very quickly and…

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• Whilst Medicare is universal, and can cover hospital, medical and pharmaceutical benefits, more than 11 million Australians choose to ‘supplement’ their healthcare funding with private hospital cover and around 13 million had private ancillary cover2 • Notwithstanding the interaction between Medicare and private cover, the individual is often left with a ‘gap’ between the…

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The announcements in this update are proposals unless stated otherwise. These proposals need to successfully pass through Parliament before becoming law and may be subject to change during this process. What you need to know – Quick Summary The Budget is forecast to return to surplus in 2019/20 with a positive balance of $2.2bn The economic…

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– Trump’s trade tariffs with possible repercussions in the form of a trade war and a shake-up in technology stocks, led by Facebook on the back of its privacy violation, meant March was a bumpy ride for Wall Street. The U.S. stock market finished the first quarter of 2018 with losses for the first time…

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