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When is it time to let go?

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By David Baruffi, Financial Advisor As parents we always want to help our children. However, financially there comes a time when you should stop. While making our kids’ lives easy is hard-wired into us, our efforts to lessen their pain can, in some instances, end up in disaster. Here are a few examples of things […]

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The 2017-18 Australian Budget

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The 2017-18 Budget has much to make it popular. In fact, the goodies make it almost feel like a pre-election rather than a post-election budget. The transformation from the austerity to end “the age of entitlement” of the 2014 budget to the “fairness, security and opportunity” of this Budget has been profound.i Key points – […]

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Vital Support for your Children

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By David Baruffi, Financial Advisor All parents want to be there when their children need help. Many clients want to retain access to large lump sums just in case their children fall into desperate stakes. This is usually at the cost of low earnings from term deposits. However, my most astute clients protect their children […]

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Australian cash rate on hold

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Bank mortgage rates, home prices and implications for investors The RBA provided no surprises following its April board meeting leaving the official cash rate on hold at 1.5%.The RBA remains more confident regarding global growth, sees Australian economic growth as moderate, regards the labour market as being mixed, sees a gradual rise in underlying inflation […]

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What financial records do I need to keep?

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Online source: Produced by AMP Life Limited and published on 11 January 2017. Original article. Print source: By AMP Life Limited, originally published on 11 January 2016 on amp.com.au/insights Ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of paper? Tame the paperwork today and reap the rewards tomorrow. Life can be complicated enough without all the […]

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5 tips for effective estate planning

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By Casey Shaw, Financial Advisor Everyone has heard a horror story about an estate being contested; an ex-spouse appearing back on the scene, a child from a previous relationship etc. The most common thing with all these stories though is the deceased never would have expected a challenge. There are many aspects to a good […]

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Financial Snapshot: The $US200 trillion global debt mountain

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How big a threat is it really and what are the implications for investors? “It’s not what you own that gets you into trouble, but what you owe.” Excessive debt tends to be at the centre of most scare stories regarding the investment outlook – whether they relate to China, public debt in developed countries, […]

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Give your career a health check

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Online source: Produced by AMP Life Limited and published on 24 January 2017. Original article. Print source: By AMP Life Limited, originally published on 24 January 2017 on amp.com.au/insights Health… check. Finances… check. Career… check? Are you happy at work? Do you jump out of bed excited about tackling your next project? Or are you counting […]

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Cash flow: The importance of a solid foundation

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By Casey Shaw, Financial Advisor A great quote I came across recently was “The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.” Just like building a house, when it comes to financial planning the key is getting a solid foundation in place.  Without it, the lightest breeze has the potential to knock your […]

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Buying a property with friends

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By David Baruffi, Financial Advisor If you’re looking for a creative way to overcome being locked out of the property market by rising prices, buying a house with a group of friends may be a solution. It can also be a minefield though, so here’s how to avoid a blast. While the excitement of banding […]

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