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Noel Whittaker’s advises to ignore the prophets of doom that fill our media By legendary financial adviser Noel Whittaker Ignore the prophets of doom – they are always with us and usually wrong. Make sure your children have adequate insurance. It’s much more affordable than your funding their misfortune. ...

Introduction A testamentary trust is a trust created by a valid last Will. It is created when the executor has completed administration of the deceased’s estate. It can be a fixed or discretionary trust granting limited estates or interests to various persons or purposes. Testamentary trusts are...

The cost of living for retirees rose slightly in the September quarter, according to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA). The ASFA Retirement Standard September quarter figures indicate couples aged around 65 needed to spend $60,843pa for a comfortable retirement, and singles $43,200. The...

The Government released the Productivity Commission’s final report "Superannuation: Assessing Efficiency and Competitiveness" on 10 January 2019. The report contains 31 recommendations aimed at improving member outcomes and system stability, as well as reducing barriers to the efficiency and competitiveness of the superannuation system. Key recommendations from...

The start of a new year is a great time to review your finances. Here are some recent changes and new opportunities to consider in 2019 and beyond. First home deposit Voluntary super contributions made since 1 July 2017, may now be withdrawn to buy a first...

The outlook for Australian shares is fraught with risks that could make for a volatile 2019. From slowing global economic growth, contracting central bank balance sheets and rising interest rates in the US and Europe, to the US-China trade war, Brexit uncertainty and emerging markets debt...

A spike in property markets in recent years has seen some clients look to carry out property development within their SMSF. However, this can be difficult from a compliance perspective Real property investments within SMSFs have been increasing, driven by the boom in the Australian property market in recent...

Years ending with a big rush where everyone is racing to get things done before Christmas and a lot of worries are still on the mind are usually followed with a slower start in the new year generally not being active till about the third...