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Ken is director of Metropole Wealth Advisory and gives strategic expert advice to property investors, professionals and business owners. He is in a unique position to blend his skills of accounting, wealth advisory, property investing, financial planning and small business. View his articles


7 of the most common SMSF errors — part two
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7 of the most common SMSF errors — part two

Did you know that there are now more than 600,000 Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF) in Australia? Plus the average fund balance is more than $1 million?  SMSFs have soared in popularity over the past decade, especially because funds can purchase certain types of property to help grow their retirement wealth position. However, as outlined in…

7 of the most common SMSF errors — part one
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7 of the most common SMSF errors — part one

Self-Managed Superannuation Funds or SMSFs provide another avenue for people to create and manage their wealth.  Unfortunately, like many other highly regulated financial tools, they can be quite complex. In fact, there a number of common errors that people often make in SMSFs, which can be avoided with professional advice from the outset, of course….

5 critical estate planning documents
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5 critical estate planning documents

Estate planning is different for everyone and especially in today’s modern environment of potentially blended families. So, with more people remarrying, it’s critical to prepare for the distribution of your wealth on your passing. While you are alive, the estate planning process allows you to manage and preserve your wealth for those you will one…

Who gets the house when you die?
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Who gets the house when you die?

Today it’s common for couples to purchase a property before they’ve walked down the aisle or even lived together. Naturally they assume they’ll be together forever, and don’t put a lot of research into the long term consequences of how their ownership should be structured.  So to help better understand this, let’s take a look…

11 benefits of running your own super fund
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11 benefits of running your own super fund

There are changes aplenty in the superannuation space at present, but some things have stayed the same. One of which is that there are still multiple benefits to running your own super fund, regardless of any changes to the general super landscape. In fact, more and more Australians are opting to take control of their…

The 10 Property Commandments You Should Know
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The 10 Property Commandments You Should Know

Australian Tax Office (ATO) data shows that only 9% per cent of investors own three or more properties. So, if property was such a good investment, why do many stop at one?  Unfortunately, most people simply buy the wrong property, buy emotively, sell quickly and never buy again, or stubbornly hold onto it hoping things…