Articles by Ken Raiss

Ken Raiss

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


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Insurance is one of those things that some people mistakenly think isn’t worth the cost. Unfortunately that’s why too many people choose not to take out appropriate insurance cover to insure their assets as well as their incomes. Thankfully, when it comes to insuring their homes, most Australians wisely choose to do so.    And…

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Debt sounds like such a bad word, doesn’t it? The thing is there is good debt and bad debt.  Good debt makes you money – such as a mortgage on an investment property. You’re technically using other people’s money to create wealth through capital growth. On the other hand, bad debt costs you money –…

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Testamentary discretionary trusts are great estate planning tools because they can offer tax minimisation, asset protection and flexibility. Watch this video as Ken Raiss, Australia’s leading tax strategist,  and Michael Yardney explain the benefits of setting up a Testamentary Discretionary Trust which is a type of trust created under a will and comes into existence…

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Thinking of converting your home to an investment property one day? You’re not alone…   In my many decades as a tax specialist, I’ve been asked almost every question but some are more common than others. And one of these is: “My spouse and I are thinking of upgrading our home but want to keep our…

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Superannuation is one of the most effective wealth creation tools in Australia today.  The taxation benefits of voluntary contributions into your superannuation are well-known, as is the ability to access your super funds (via a self-managed super fund) to invest in property. Unfortunately, however, there are simple mistakes that people regularly make which means their…

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The use of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF) has skyrocketed over the past decade in particular. Among the many reasons for this increase is the ability to purchase residential property in your SMSF with borrowings – debt via what’s called a Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangement, or LRBA. In essence, the LRBA structure allows an SMSF to…

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Wealth creation has become a primary target for most people and many are finding property investment as an effective way to hit this target.  While there are just over 2 million property investors in Australia, less than a quarter of these have more than one property investment – in other words they will never develop…