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How to talk ‘real estatese’

How to talk ‘real estatese’

First-home buyers (and even second- and third-home buyers) are often baffled by the jargon used by real estate industry professionals. This can result in expensive misunderstandings unless you take the time to learn the lingo. Here are some frequently misunderstood...
Don’t short-change your medium-term

Don’t short-change your medium-term

When it comes to setting financial priorities, medium-term goals often suffer from middle child syndrome, not taken as seriously as the oldest or indulged as much as the youngest. The serious long-term goal of saving for retirement gets lots of attention, and rightly...
Market Snapshot: January 2019

Market Snapshot: January 2019

In summary After a very difficult month in December, markets bounced back strongly in January as fears about US monetary policy and a potential recession were alleviated by a mix of reasonable data and conciliatory statements from the US Federal Reserve. The markets...
Selling a business? Don’t forget about tax

Selling a business? Don’t forget about tax

It can take many years and a lot of hard work to build a successful small business. When you finally decide it’s time to sell, tax is often the last thing on your mind. Yet it can have a big impact on how much of the sale price you get to keep – and how much goes to...
Car expenses on the ATO radar

Car expenses on the ATO radar

With almost 4 million Australians making work-related car expense claims, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has the practice in its headlights. Not only are they on the lookout for people wrongly claiming, but they are also armed with enhanced technology to check these...