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Navigating love and money

Team Maddern
18/Mar/2019
Money makes the world go around. But when it comes to relationships, it can sometimes stop them in their tracks. Navigating love and money can be tricky, but it’s simpler when you learn to communicate about finances in an open and transparent manner. Sometimes easier said than done, we know, but with a few simple tools you could end up reaching your mutual goals sooner and finding more fulfilment in your relationship.
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How to keep ahead of the yield curve

Team Maddern
11/Mar/2019
US Interest rates have been making headlines in recent months, but do they really matter to Australian investors? The short answer is they do, a lot. Changes in US interest rate settings have made a big impact on investment returns from bonds and shares over the past year, while uncertainty about the future direction of interest rates is also weighing heavily on markets.
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Investing in time pays major dividends

Team Maddern
03/Mar/2019
Time is our most valuable and finite resource. But often in this age of buzzing devices and communication overload we can feel like we just don’t have enough of it. Like a hamster running around a wheel, we end up feeling simultaneously burnt out while going nowhere.
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Media curation in the digital age

Team Maddern
25/Feb/2019
Let’s be honest, the number of folks who still read their favourite broadsheet over a morning coffee and croissant is dwindling. Most of us these days engage with our financial news on some sort of touchscreen device, with the content often suggested to us by applications and online news feeds.
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Car expenses on the ATO radar

Team Maddern
18/Feb/2019
With almost 4 million Australians making work-related car expense claims, the Australian Tax Office has the practice in its headlights.
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Don't short-change your medium-term goals

Team Maddern
12/Feb/2019
When it comes to setting financial priorities, medium-term goals often suffer from middle child syndrome, not taken as seriously as the oldest or indulged as much as the youngest. The serious long-term goal of saving for retirement gets lots of attention, and rightly so. It’s super important. And next year’s trip to Bali will be so much fun, even if it does drain all your savings.

Decoding real estate agent speak

Team Maddern
03/Feb/2019
First-home buyers (and even second- and third-home buyers) are often baffled by the jargon used by real estate industry professionals. This can result in expensive misunderstandings unless you take the time to learn the lingo. Here are some frequently misunderstood terms and concepts you should familiarise yourself with before you begin searching for your dream home.
Website and tax

Tax and your website: What can you claim?

Team Maddern
28/Jan/2019
Most small businesses and independent contractors have a website these days. If you are planning to launch a new website or refreshing an existing one, it’s important to understand the tax implications. As with all things tax, it’s not always easy.

Small financial steps add up

Team Maddern
21/Jan/2019
Sometimes, when thinking about your long-term financial goals, they can seem so big as to be insurmountable. But the truth is, those that achieve financial success don’t usually do so by encountering a sudden windfall. Rather, they have in place a set of small habits that allow them to work towards their dreams. And by investing small amounts over the long-term, they see big outcomes.
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Financial rules to live by in 2019

Team Maddern
14/Jan/2019
Australia has enjoyed almost three decades of economic sunshine. But it’s worth remembering that dark clouds can appear without warning over both individuals and economies. You may have little control over being caught up in a round of redundancies or experiencing the fallout of an international trade war. But you can choose to manage your finances in a way that lets you keep your head above water come what may.