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Posts by Gerard Haskew

SMSF regulatory update

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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Protect Your Income

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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The out of pocket burden

• 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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Budget Summary

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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Market Watch – A bumpier ride

– 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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Planning a Holiday? Here are some tips

With the summer holidays almost coming to an end, it’s not too late to do your financial planning for a last minute getaway – or start planning for 2019. Here’s how to minimise your financial stress for a well-deserved break.? Plan ahead  The earlier you start planning, the more money you can save. And when it…

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Why are more Australians choosing SMSFs?

More and more people are turning to self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs). We explore why SMSFs are becoming more popular and look at their benefits and risks. What is an SMSF? An SMSF is a private superannuation fund that’s regulated by the Australian Taxation Office. You manage it yourself and can have up to four members…

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6 Secrets of Successful Investors

The investment world can change dramatically from one month to the next. But these secrets of successful investors never go out of style.         Successful investing can be one of your biggest allies in the quest for long-term financial security. Unfortunately, unsuccessful investing can leave you wishing you’d kept your money in…

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Money Hacks

Help your teens and young adults manage how they spend and save. So your teenagers and young adults know how to spend, but do they know how to budget for the things they really want? Learning good money management should be an essential life skill. A reason to save For many teenagers and young adults…

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