Two new measures that
aim to ease housing affordability for first home buyers and older downsizers
will come into effect on July 1, so we explain how they work in the first
article in our Autumn newsletter.
The markets were bracing for a year of uncertainty and upheaval on the global stage in 2017, beginning with the inauguration of President Donald Trump, elections in many European nations and continuing conflict in the Middle east. In this snapshot we look at the year that was and the outlook for the year ahead.
One good news story this festive season is a slowdown in house price growth. Our first article in this summer newsletter asks if the property boom is over and if young Australians stand a better chance of buying their first home in 2018.
Given that it's been 10 years since the onset of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), we take a look at the issues that contributed to the GFC.
October is here after the record-breaking heat of September and all the signs point to a hot summer. Things are also beginning to heat up on the global interest rate front.
Spring is finally here and it's not just nature showing signs of growth. The Australian economy is also bearing fruit. There's a little doubt that the next move in interest rates, when it comes, will be up. While no one's expecting a rate rise any time soon, all borrowers need to be prepared for an eventual return to more normal interest rate settings.
After the long Indian summer, winter is finally here. It's time to light the fire and settle in for long winter nights or rug up and head for the snow. The political heat should also begin to die down a little after the release of the May Budget, giving us all time to digest what it means for us and the nation. June is also tax time so we've included some last-minute tips to help you reduce your tax bill and boost the value of your savings and investments.
After three years of budgets that focused on debt and deficit, jobs and growth, Treasurer Scott Morrison has delivered a budget makeover. For the first budget of the Coalition's second term in office he has tried to strike a balance between positive measures to promote economic activity such as increased spending on infrastructure and housing and offet this with spending cuts to recurrent spending on welfare, universities and elsewhere.
After a summer of extreme weather,
from record heat waves to snow in the high country, many of us will be looking
forward to the more forgiving temperatures of Autumn. It's a great time to get outdoors
and be active before winter sets in.
It's hard to believe it's February already, with the nation back at work and kids back at school after the summer holidays. In this months snapshot we look at the new pension asset test rules and the importance of reviewing all sources of income before making any rash decisions.
It's generally contended that financial markets hate surprises. And from Brexit to Trump and a stunning rebound in commodity prices in between, 2016 was certainly a year of surprises. Yet, surprisingly, markets finished the year with a positive burst of energy. In this month's snapshot, we look at the year that was, what it meant for your portfolio and what's in store for the year ahead.
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