Articles by 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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Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) have soared in popularity over the past decade, primarily because Aussies are keen to control their financial futures and in part, because for some an SMSF is a great vehicle to purchase property to help grow your retirement wealth position when you’ve run out of borrowing capacity in your own name….

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Many of the property investors I speak with are often confused about the differences between Line of Credit facilities and Offset Accounts. Understanding how these two types of loan-related products can function will help determine the best fit for your property investment strategy. What is a Line of Credit? A Line of Credit (often abbreviated to ‘LOC’) is a…

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Sophisticated investors understand their portfolios are the equivalent of income-producing businesses and wealth-creation vehicles. What I mean is they don’t adopt a set-and-forget attitude, and then naively hope that it all works out in their financial favor… someday! Rather, just like business owners, they make sure they have the necessary insurance in place to protect…

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It’s a sad reality that our society seems to be more litigious than in years gone by. Thankfully, we’re not in the same parlous state as America, but there is a greater chance than before that you could become involved in legal proceedings that threaten your wealth creation efforts. While that might seem like a…

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Who doesn’t love their children? We often quickly think of passing our assets to our kids on death. But do we really know who will actually receive them? This is a modern-day conundrum. We don’t know when we are going to die, and as such, do not know our children’s circumstances at that time. They…

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Property investment is one of the best wealth-creation strategies out there. In part, because it has a long history of solid performance, so is therefore relatively low risk. It’s important to understand, however, that it is not completely without risk. That’s because every investment opportunity has an element of risk. The trick is to manage…

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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…

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There are more than 600,000 self-managed super funds (SMSFs) in Australia controlling more than $700 billion – so on average each fund holds more than $1.2 million – and many people who set up an SMSF do so to have greater control over their investments and operating costs. And it makes sense given that so…

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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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