Should your investment journey start with property?

Should your investment journey start with property? When you’re priced out of owning a home in your neighbourhood, is property investing a good solution for growing your wealth? Will renting for the rest of your life cost more and make you more vulnerable? We talked to CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional Rebecca Fergusson, financial planner at Main Street Financial Solutions, about the pros and cons of property investing as a strategy for securing your financial future. …

The outlook for real assets in 2018

The outlook for real assets in 2018 Adjustments to monetary policy by Central Banks globally, along with the technological change sweeping through and changing the shape of industries, emerge as the two pervasive themes likely to define real asset valuations in 2018 and beyond, according to leading real estate and infrastructure experts. The favourable outlook for real assets is set to continue in 2018, with interest rates globally set to stay at historically low levels, …

Higher global inflation and higher bond yields – what’s the risk and implications for other assets?

01 February 2018 Higher global inflation and higher bond yields – what’s the risk and implications for other assets? Key points Rising global growth and rising commodity prices indicate the risks to inflation are gradually moving to the upside. This is most acute in the US with the Fed likely to raise rates more than the market expects this year. This supports the view that the 35-year super cycle decline in bond yields is over. …

Are you prepared for the changes to the Age Pension assets test?

Are you prepared for the changes to the Age Pension assets test? How the assets test will work in 2017 could increase your Age Pension entitlements, or take some or all of them away. With revisions to the Age Pension assets test just around the corner, it’s important to understand how the changes could impact you, particularly with part-pension thresholds somewhat tighter than initially projected. These thresholds are the value of assets you can own …

Changes to the Age Pension assets test

  Changes to the Age Pension assets test The government’s recent changes to the Age Pension could affect your ability to plan for a comfortable retirement. Recent reports[1] suggest that more than 300,000 Age Pensioners will have at least part of their pension cut, with just under 100,000 of these people losing all Age Pension entitlements, taking effect from January 2017.  The Age Pension and assets test explained The Age Pension provides income support and …

Distributing your assets

Distributing your assets What is estate planning? Estate planning is about wealth succession – a way to help protect the wealth you have built over your lifetime, so that it is distributed according to your wishes following your death…. Read More>>>   Download the free PDF file

Planning your future: What to expect

  Planning your future: What to expect Having the chance to take a step back for a moment and look at things from a fresh perspective can be a great advantage, especially when it comes to planning your financial future. Our 7 step process What information will you need prior to meeting us? What will you receive? Our 7 step process When you meet with our financial planners we will take you through a 7 …