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ABS Residential Price Index [Infographic]
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ABS Residential Price Index [Infographic]

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have just released their latest residential property price index. This index lags the big commercial research organisations – they’ve only just released their December price index, but overall its probably the most accurate index. According tot he ABS: The price index for residential properties for the weighted average of the…

Why is it wrong to invest for income?
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Why is it wrong to invest for income?

The goal for most investors is to accumulate enough wealth so your investment assets generate sufficient passive income to meet living expenses.  If this happens, it is no longer necessary for you to work for an income and you then have complete discretion over what you do with your time. Wouldn’t that be wonderful! However,…

The Economic State of our States | ANZ Stateometer
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The Economic State of our States | ANZ Stateometer

The ANZ Stateometer, which measures economic performance across the states and territories, continues to highlight the uneven economic growth across the country. Economic activity across most of Australia edged higher over the year to January, according to the ANZ Stateometer. A key theme in this month’s release is the improved momentum in the mining states…

Investors rush to beat potential tax changes
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Investors rush to beat potential tax changes

Investor rush to beat deadline. It was interesting – if a little alarming – to hear Shadow Treasurer Bowen this week noting that there was “no evidence” that investors are rushing in to the market in order to beat proposed changes to tax legislation relating to property. It’s unclear if the ALP just doesn’t ‘do’…

Sydney and Melbourne investors should consider rental yields
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Sydney and Melbourne investors should consider rental yields

In his column for Switzer, John McGrath discusses the rising demand from investors in Sydney and Melbourne.   Demand from investors in Sydney and Melbourne is particularly high today following significant property price rises over the past five years in both cities. Investor appetite for bricks and mortar is reflected in the latest finance figures which show that NSW…

Doing Nothing Isn’t a Financial Plan
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Doing Nothing Isn’t a Financial Plan

“I don’t know what to do.” I’ve heard those words a lot over the years. Smart, successful people with good educations would sit across from me and tell me they’d done little to no financial planning. They just didn’t know what to do, so they did nothing. I’m not surprised. Uncertainty has a way of…

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