Category: Retirement

Australian Property Market Update | November 2017

Residential

Residential property prices across Australia remained steady in October, with a fall in Sydney house prices levelling out increases in other cities resulting in no change to the national average.

Sydney’s residential property market fell 0.5% in October and has recorded […]

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The power of 5c

When is 5c, not 5c?

If you dropped $100, would you pick it up?  What about 5c?

According to research recently released by ING, more than half of the Australian adult population don’t pay attention to their loose change.  Additionally, 93% of […]

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How science explains consumer confidence and market behaviours

“Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honour, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.”
– US President Franklin D Roosevelt, 1933.

More than 84 years later these words still ring true. Stock markets, […]

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Financial literacy standards falling

“Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance.” Sir Claus Moser

Forget the three R’s, Australian students are falling behind in basic financial literacy, according to the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Financial Literacy Assessments Report.

The latest PISA […]

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Don’t bet the (ostrich) farm

Generally, you have a great deal of freedom when it comes to choosing your Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) investments. You can invest in traditional investments such as term deposits, managed investment schemes, shares and gold or you can invest in […]

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Protect yourself from the digital villains

Cryptodef, Cryptowall, Waltrix, Zeus, Matsnu. No, they are not cartoon characters, rather they are the supervillains of malware and ransomware, the tricky characters that infect digital devices.

Australia is at the forefront of digital attacks. In 2016, it was the main […]

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Closing the bank of Mum and Dad

In October 2016 The Australian published a column by social commentator and KPMG partner, Bernard Salt,  detailing the reason that he believes young people can’t get on to the property ladder – their weekly jaunt to the local hipster café […]

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