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Am I too young for a self-managed super fund (SMSF)?

Some of my friends in their 30s have set up an SMSF. I don’t have a large super balance but want control. Is it worth it? If you’re under 55 and thinking about setting up a self-managed super fund(SMSF) you’re not alone. SMSFs are being established by younger Australians in a shift in the age of […]

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Recent changes increasing the superannuation contribution caps

From 1 July 2014, the superannuation contribution caps have increased, allowing an opportunity to place more money in superannuation going forward. The contribution caps control the amount you can place into superannuation each year without facing penalty tax.  If you are at least 50 you have higher contribution caps. There are two contribution caps – […]

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Is property investment for me?

By Greg Major*, BA (AsSt) BE (Hons) MBA, GAICD FFIN FAIM, Director, Blueprint Wealth Australians love property but the idea of property investment—and where to start—can be daunting. One way to get started sooner is by unlocking the value in your home to invest. But it pays to understand the risks as well as the […]

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Find Your Superannuation: A three part video series

We have created a series of three videos to help you locate your superannuation online, using a set of tools that have recently become available online from the Australian government and Taxation Office. Find Your Superannuation Part 1 Set up your myGov online profile Get access into the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) online portal Find […]

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Cancer Council WA and Blueprint Wealth Partnership

Blueprint Wealth is delighted to announce a new partnership as Major Sponsor with Cancer Council Western Australia and is proud to support such a worthy cause that affects too many Australians. Through the partnership, Blueprint Wealth is directly funding the 2015 Early Career Cancer Researcher of the Year Award. This Award is one of Cancer […]

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The case against consolidating your super

By David Baruffi, DipFP B.Ec MTax, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®, Director, Blueprint Wealth  There have been repeated calls from the Government and superannuation industry about the advantages of consolidating your super funds. The bulk of the discussion centres on the saving of fees when moving your super funds from a number of funds into one fund. […]

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How to Spend Less Than You Earn

By Jason Laming, AFP®, Financial Advisor, Blueprint Wealth When most people think of wealth they imagine someone with a large income. But let me ask you a question: if John earns $50,000 per year and Robert earns $100,000 per year, who is wealthier? The obvious answer is Robert, but in fact he only has more […]

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The tax magic of account-based pensions

By Damien Quirk, AFP®, Financial Advisor, Blueprint Wealth This article was published in The West Australian’s ‘Securing Your Future’ 24-page essential guide to retirement on Monday, August 25, 2014. With flexible investment choice and tax-effective payments, account-based pensions can play an important role in accessing your super nest egg to fund your retirement. Today’s ABPs […]

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Know when to get out if the DIY retirement experiment is not for you

By Greg Major*, BA (AsSt) BE (Hons) MBA, GAICD FFIN FAIM, Director, Blueprint Wealth This article was published in The West Australian’s ‘Securing Your Future’ 24-page essential guide to retirement on Monday, August 25, 2014. While many people seem to be marching ahead to open a self-managed super fund (SMSF), we have been seeing a […]

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Property vs shares in Australia

By Greg Major*, BA (AsSt) BE (Hons) MBA, GAICD FFIN FAIM, Director, Blueprint Wealth Australian housing has become severely unaffordable and many investors and first home buyers are asking whether shares are a better option than bricks and mortar. According to the latest AMP.NATSEM report The Great Australian Dream – Just a Dream? median house […]

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