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Market Highlights

June 2016 Share markets dropped sharply in the hours post Brexit and then rallied strongly Brexit is a medium-term challenge but has reinforced the long-standing trend of lower yields Market expectations have shifted towards US rates being on hold f…

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Market Highlights – June 2016

Share markets bounced strongly on central bank support and the improved growth outlook The rally has started to broaden from commodities to technology, financials and health The Australian dollar fell sharply on expected further rate cuts and US rate…

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inTouch Q2 2016

Welcome to our quarterly magazine. In this edition: Five ways to smarten up your SMSF The secret lives of bonds Do investment properties really add up? Making the most of lower interest rates Six secrets of successful investors Want to …

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inTouch Q1 2016

inTouch Q1 2016 - click here Welcome to our quarterly magazine. In this edition: Time to consider alternatives The case for alternatives just got stronger Will you lose your pension benefits? The value of advice on budgeting and cashflow manage…

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inTouch Online-Q4 2015

inTouch Q4 2015

inTouch Q4 2015 - click here Welcome to our quarterly magazine. In this edition: Leadership change and the impact on the Federal Budget measures To hike, or not to hike? The ‘China effect’ and what it means for global growth Minimising th…

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Technical Update – August 2014

Concessional contributions cap update The concessional contributions caps have increased from 1 July 2014 and this may allow you the opportunity to further boost your super. The standard concessional contributions cap has increased from $25,000 to $30,000. Ho…

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Investment Update – August 2014

Janet Yellen this year took charge of the US Federal Reserve and now must oversee the escape from the solutions her predecessor invoked to help the US cope with the global financial crisis. Yellen’s core challenge will be to raise interest rates as the ec…

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Investment Update – August 2014

Yellen’s unusual concern for a central banker Janet Yellen this year took charge of the US Federal Reserve and now must oversee the escape from the solutions her predecessor invoked to help the US cope with the global financial crisis. Yellen’s core ch…

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Technical Update – August 2014.

Concessional contributions cap update The concessional contributions caps have increased from 1 July 2014 and this may allow you the opportunity to further boost your super. The standard concessional contributions cap has increased from $25,000 to $30,000. How…

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Investment update – July 2014

Could Australia make Sweden’s error to fight a housing bubble? Few developed economies rebounded as quickly as Sweden did from the global financial crisis thanks to the same cures that helped Australia avoid recession. Fiscal stimulus and aggressive cuts in…

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Technical update – July 2014

Proposed changes for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card The Government has proposed several changes to the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC), which are outlined below: Deeming account based pensions Currently, the income test for the CSHC is bas…

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Investment Update – June 2014

High euro could herald bold steps Search around Europe and encouraging signs emerge amid the immense unemployment and political agitation. The eurozone economy is growing (just), government deficits on average are on target and bailed-out countries such as …

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Technical update – June 2014

Deeming of account based pensions from 1 January 2015 From 1 January 2015, income from account based pensions (formerly known as allocated pensions) will be deemed under the social security income test. Deeming generally applies to financial investments suc…

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Federal Budget 2014/15

What does the Federal Budget mean for you? When Joe Hockey stood in front of parliament and spoke about “fixing the Budget together”, he confirmed that the 2014 Federal Budget was going to be a tough one for many Australians. Not surprisingly, most of the…

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Investment Update May 2014

EU elections are set to rattle Europe Imagine if fringe political parties of the left and right were gaining sufficient support in different Australian states to win enough seats at a federal election to destabilise the House of Representatives. Imagine that …

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Investment update – April 2014

Australia’s most-welcome economic turnaround in a long, long time Australia’s economy has grown for more than 22 years without interruption. The country can boast years of close to full employment and tame inflation. Government debt is low by internationa…

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Technical update – April 2014

End of year superannuation strategies The lead up to the end of the financial year is a great time to review your financial situation and make some positive changes. Your financial adviser can discuss a number of strategies that may help to improve your finan…

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Investment update – March 2014

Why the world needs to be wary of the Fed Ben Bernanke in January presided over his last policy-setting meeting as chairman of the Federal Reserve. As expected, the policy-setting board decided to reduce the Fed’s monthly asset purchases by another US$10 bi…

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Technical update – March 2014

There are a few legislative changes outlined below that may impact your financial situation including an update on the contributions cap, a Medicare levy increase and new figures on the cost of retirement living. Your financial adviser can assist you in determ…

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Investment update – February 2014

The tumbling Australian dollar The Australian dollar has been accused of inflicting all sorts of economic ills as it traded above US$1 for most of the past three years. People would be forgiven for thinking that the dollar’s drop from its post-float re…

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