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Royal commission, RBA governer, disappointed, thumbs down

‘Incredibly disappointed and... appalled’: Royal commission staggers RBA governor

The royal commission has revealed how the financial services sector has let down its customers, the governor of the Reserve Bank of Australi...

SMSF, estate planning, ignore, Industry Super Australia, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia

Low-balance SMSF debate ignores estate planning

The focus on comparing returns between smaller-balance SMSFs and the public offer funds disregards other compelling reasons to set up an SMS...

kid savings, kid financial planning, Children financial future, financial literacy, Financial Planners’ Association

Most Aussie parents frightened for children’s financial future

Australia’s parents are reluctant to discuss money with their children, despite concerns their children’s generation will be financially...

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investing

index fund, fidelity, investors, ETF

The first free index fund: What does that mean?

VIDEO: Fidelity recently launched the first free index fund – but what does that actually mean for investors in the ETF space? We discuss ...

artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence sets ‘new battlefield’ for your loyalty

Consumers’ loyalty is set to be tested as developments in artificial intelligence make bank-switching a painless process, a new report has...

Stocks, Australian market

Remember banking sector’s virtues, former PM pleads

Bank stocks are poised to fall in coming weeks as the royal commission’s scrutiny circles back, but former prime minister John Howard has ...

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podcast

Making money in the current market

With the Australian market in a constant state of change, up to date information is paramount in turning your investment into dollars. ...

Saul Eslake

Wealth, tax and attitude: A conversation with Saul Eslake

Just 5 per cent of Australians think they have gained a lot from the last 26 years of economic growth and this tells an interesting story ab...

Safety first: Navigate marketplace lending in 2018

The peer-to-peer lending space is “littered” with stories of lenders losing out to poor quality borrowers, so it may be time for a strat...

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opinion

index fund, fidelity, investors, ETF

The first free index fund: What does that mean?

VIDEO: Fidelity recently launched the first free index fund – but what does that actually mean for investors in the ETF space? We discuss ...

The secret asset class bigger than super

Appetite for alternative defensive allocations continues to grow as investors seek new ways to preserve capital and generate stable income. ...

A lesson in cultural values for banks, and corporate culture for investors

How much is a cultural problem for a big business – and investors? ...

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property

Mortgage, retirement, houses, money

4 steps to a mortgage-free retirement

More Aussies are entering retirement with a mortgage, but there are still ways to shrug the burden off sooner, a financial planner has said....

winners, losers, thumbs up, thumbs down

The winners and losers from banks’ discount rates

When it comes to discounted home loan products, some borrowers will gain the benefits but others will pay the price.  ...

Fire, burn, flame, lying landlords

Lying landlords under fire

Australia’s dodgy Airbnb owners’ time is up, with the Tax Office set to scrutinise short-term rental owners’ tax returns for inconsist...

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saving

Royal commission, RBA governer, disappointed, thumbs down

‘Incredibly disappointed and... appalled’: Royal commission staggers RBA governor

The royal commission has revealed how the financial services sector has let down its customers, the governor of the Reserve Bank of Australi...

kid savings, kid financial planning, Children financial future, financial literacy, Financial Planners’ Association

Most Aussie parents frightened for children’s financial future

Australia’s parents are reluctant to discuss money with their children, despite concerns their children’s generation will be financially...

Unethical behaviour

Yuck: Aussies don’t rate banks

Executive salaries and bribery are the most prominent examples of unethical behaviour in Australia’s finance sector, and the royal commiss...

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planning

mental capacity, brain

Protecting your SMSF from lost mental capacity

No one wants to believe they will lose mental capacity, but failure to plan for it can have “catastrophic” consequences for an SMSF, a s...

Social media apps, digital world

What will your digital ghost look like?

Posts on Facebook, comments on YouTube and re-tweets on Twitter will live on after death, raising several estate planning considerations, an...

Question mark, paper bag in the head

No one to run to: Aussies don’t know who to trust with money

When it comes to finances, not only do most Australians have no one they trust, they also don’t trust the advice they do receive, a new re...

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tax

Magnifying glass, tax trouble

I’m in tax trouble, what do I do?

Thousands of Australians are likely to receive some ominous looking letters this year as the Tax Office cracks down on incorrect claims, a t...

tax trap, can't claim, tax advice

You can’t claim that: Top 10 tax traps

Everyone has tax advice, but some advice, like that given by shop assistants, probably should be taken with a grain of salt. ...

Tax deductions, office workers

The 5 tax deductions office workers need to know about

Working professionals might not be getting all they deserve when tax time rolls around, a tax agent has said, and taxpayers should know what...

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retirement

Retirement, retiree, spending of retirees,

Behaviour fuelling retirement spending, not income

Retiree spending has less to do with income and more with lifestyle, a new report with “important implications” for super funds has foun...

top secret stamp

The population-aging secret the RBA governor wants you to know about

Other advanced economies hate him! ...

Retirement, Australian seniors

Retirees’ need for ‘affordable and accessible advice’ prompts advice merger

With the majority of Australian seniors relying on the age pension, there’s a critical need for affordable and trustworthy advice to stop ...

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superannuation

AMP

$3.23: AMP's dud super returns take fire

It’s not even enough to buy a coffee with, but $3.23 is the return AMP superannuation made for one investor in 2016, the royal commission ...

Catholic Super, Catholic name

Church’s brand crisis triggers secret Catholic Super deals

Problems with the “Catholic name” set in place a series of events leading to a secret deal worth $2 million and some serious conflicts o...

CBA, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

CBA fails Aussies with super switching miscarriage, misleading language

Thousands of Colonial First State customers were left in higher-cost funds, rather than shifted into lower-cost accounts as mandated by law,...

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smsf

SMSF, estate planning, ignore, Industry Super Australia, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia

Low-balance SMSF debate ignores estate planning

The focus on comparing returns between smaller-balance SMSFs and the public offer funds disregards other compelling reasons to set up an SMS...

Sue, blame, auditor

I lost my SMSF, can I sue my auditor?

A recent NSW case saw an SMSF auditor held liable for an SMSF’s losses, raising questions around SMSF rights and auditor responsibilities....

mental incapacity

Navigating mental incapacity in an SMSF

No one wants to believe it can happen, but loss of mental capacity happens and can have devastating consequences for an SMSF if not handled ...

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Investment Insights

index fund, fidelity, investors, ETF

The first free index fund: What does that mean?

VIDEO: Fidelity recently launched the first free index fund – but what does that actually mean for investors in the ETF space? We discuss ...

The secret asset class bigger than super

Appetite for alternative defensive allocations continues to grow as investors seek new ways to preserve capital and generate stable income. ...

A lesson in cultural values for banks, and corporate culture for investors

How much is a cultural problem for a big business – and investors? ...

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Aug 1 2018
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Build a bond portfolio to benefit from US yields’ high
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Bonds often take a back seat in the mindset of investors, who are instead focused on the fast-paced equities market and Australia’s long-s...
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