20
Jul

Why real estate can deliver solid returns through different cycles

Commercial real estate is an important consideration for investors wanting to diversify beyond asset classes such as term deposits and bonds. The good news is, in the current market, real estate is still fairly priced.

20
Jul

EOFY super returns: How have markets faired?

The last financial year has been a strong period for super fund portfolios. Equity markets posted solid gains in Australia and offshore, up 13.7% and 15.4% respectively. Returns were also positive across other asset classes.

06
Jul

Australia's SMSF Army

Australia's army of Chief Investment Officers is marching into retirement.

06
Jul

Staring At A Screen All Day? Here Are 3 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Eyes

Our eyes are pretty amazing organs. We get to witness the outside world with them. Every day they are exposed to constant stimulation yet continue to work efficiently, for most of us.

06
Jul

Winter savings tips

If you're looking for ways to reduce how much water, electricity or gas your household uses, you might be surprised at the difference just a few small changes can make.

06
Jul

Should the RBA raise rates to prepare households for higher global rates?

It’s nearly two years since the Reserve Bank of Australia last changed interest rates – when it cut rates to a record low of 1.5% in August 2016. That’s a record period of inaction – or boredom for those who like to see action on rates whether it’s up or down. Of course, there are lots of views out that the RBA should ...

06
Jul

2017-18 saw strong returns for diversified investors - but there's a few storm clouds around

After reviewing the returns of the last financial year, this note looks at the investment outlook for 2018-19 financial year.

27
Jun

Environmental and financial cost of fast fashion

 

Avoid becoming a fashion victim by understanding the real cost of fast fashion.

22
Jun

An update on Australian property prices

Despite national house prices falling in May, largely driven by falling markets in Sydney and Melbourne, Dr Shane Oliver says talk of a property market crash is overdone.

22
Jun

Superannuation and separation: Who keeps the money?

Depending on the situation, you might get some of your ex-partner’s super, or they may get some of yours.

22
Jun

Trade wars risks are escalating - but a negotiated solution remains most likely

The threat of a full-blown trade war has escalated in the last few weeks with the G7 meeting ending in disarray over US tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium from its allies and more importantly President Trump threatening tariffs on (so far at least) $US450bn of imports from China, and China threatening to retaliate. Our base case remains that a negotiated solution ...

12
Jun

Has the housing bubble burst?

In some states the property market is up, while in others it’s down - if you’re confused by what’s really happening to Australian house prices.

06
Jun

Slow-cooker beef ragu

With the cooler weather now here there is nothing better than a delicious heart warming meal. With little prep, this beauty can be left to bubble away until dinner

06
Jun

7 Things Heathly People Do Every Morning

My alarm is set to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. It’s impossible to not smile when this song plays. This, combined with the other habits below, set the tone for a productive, happy and healthy day.

06
Jun

What to consider when buying a car

Whether it’s new or used, buying a car isn’t something we do very often. It might be your first big purchase, so it’s something you don’t want to get wrong

06
Jun

Work expenses - what can you claim on tax?

With the ATO keeping a close eye on deductions, make sure you’re across what you can and can’t claim.

05
Jun

China's economy is pretty stable - but what about high debt levels and other risks?

It seems there is constant hand wringing about the risks around the Chinese economy with the common concerns being around unbalanced growth, debt, the property market, the exchange rate and capital flows and a “hard landing”. This angst is understandable to some degree.

05
Jun

Super contributions - 30 June is just around the corner

Now might be a good time to top up your super and help give your balance a welcome boost. Here’s a guide to help you make the most out of your super before 30 June.

28
May

Is your home underinsured?

Cold weather and faulty appliances can be a dangerous combination in winter - especially if your home is underinsured.

28
May

Help achieve your investment goals with dynamic asset allocation

While making investment decisions objectively is critical to success, these decisions need to pass the test of time. There are four principles we believe should be taken into consideration by investors.