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Concerns around inflation and market volatility seem to be the new norm

Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2021
It seems concern around inflation and market volatility is the new norm at the moment. I've had multiple enquiries from concerned clients over the past week. One of the great parts of my job is I get the opportunity to speak with a wide range of people every week, from clients and colleagues through our business, to other industry experts through my media commitments. This week I had two really informative conversations with fund managers Jonathan Armitage from MLC and Matt Sherwood from Perpetual. If you have questions or concerns around inflation and market volatility, I really encourage you to listen to these two interviews, as they should go some way to explaining the situation. These two guys are experts in their field with huge sums under management, so they know their stuff. And if you'd like to hear more, you can tune in to Money News on the Nine Radio network (including 2GB & 3AW) tonight from 7pm, as I once again have the privilege of hosting the show. ... Read the rest of entry »

My top 10 highlights from the federal budget

Posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Last night’s federal budget is a far cry from the pre-COVID budgets of this government. They were all about paying down debt. This budget is about spending our way out of the COVID crisis, with very little regard for the growing debt and deficit, obviously until unemployment is under control.   There were a few highlights for me, most of them around superannuation: Repeal of the work test: Currently, Australians aged 67 – 74 must satisfy a work test (or the work test exemption) to be eligible to make super contributions. The work test will no longer apply when making non-concessional super contributions or salary sacrificed contributions. People in this age group will also be able to access the non-concessional bring-forward arrangement, subject to meeting the relevant eligibility criteria. Downsizer contributions age reduced: The age at which people are eligible to make a downsizer contribution will reduce from 65 to 60. This will allow an after-tax contribution of up to $300,00 ... Read the rest of entry »

The COVID situation in India and the impact on your bank

Posted on Thursday, May 6, 2021
The coronavirus situation in India is devastating. We’ve all seen the pictures and heard the mounting numbers. It’s horrific for the Indian people and our sincerest sympathies and best wishes go out to them.   And without wanting to sound trite or disrespectful, the situation in India is likely to also have an impact on your bank. Most Aussies aren’t aware that Australian banks rely heavily on Indian workforces, beyond just their call centres.   Why? Because Indian workers are cheaper than Australian workers, especially for back-office and call centre staff. One major Australian bank employs tens of thousands of Indians to run its IT centre in Bangalore, for example.   It follows that our banks, along with many other businesses, are going to be negatively affected as their Indian workforces adjust to working from home, or not working at all. So what does it mean for you?   Anything that’s usually handled in India will likely be impacted, includi ... Read the rest of entry »

The financial advice industry - whats really going on!

Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Over the past few months, I’ve sat in a lot of meetings with advisers and industry experts regarding the future of our industry and the challenges we face, especially this year. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to give you some insight into what’s really going on.  It’s fair to say that the 2017 Hayne Royal Commission has had a profound impact on the industry. Its recommendations have caused financial advisers who wish to remain in the industry to take on an enormous compliance load, and it’s sparked an exodus of those who refuse to do the work. That’s both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good because it should have Hayne’s intended effect of tightening everything up and ensuring more ethical practice across the industry. The reality though, is that it’s driven a lot of people out of the business. Prior to the Royal Commission there were 30,000 financial advisers across the country. At the moment the number sits just above 20,00 ... Read the rest of entry »

It looks like we're all getting a pay-rise, but it's not going into our bank accounts

Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2021
I’ve got good news, and bad news.   The good news is we’re all about to get a superannuation increase!   The bad news is that despite it being only weeks since JobKeeper ended, Australian businesses are about to be slugged with the cost increase. This super increase was supposed to happen on 1 July 2020 but was pushed back due to COVID. However, with just a short time before 1 July you can assume it is going to happen this year, so get ready for it. The contribution rate to eligible employees is set to increase from 9.5%, to 10% this year, and then to 10.5% from 1 July next year. That may not seem like much, but for small businesses that have not recovered to pre-COVID levels (which is most), it is. Here's the X factor: industry super funds profit from more funds under management, so this 0.5% increase is enormous to them. As a result, their TV and radio advertising has shifted significantly in recent weeks, with a lady on an escalator ... Read the rest of entry »

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