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Keep your cash flowing

Team Maddern
09/Dec/2018
As we head into the Christmas holiday season you are most likely looking forward to some relaxing times ahead, but one thing that should not be taking a break is your cash flow. Invariably there will be a blowout in your personal spending over the Christmas period on food, presents and holidays, while the normal household bills keep rolling in. It’s much the same for businesses. It can be all too easy in the busy lead-up to Christmas to let chasing bad debts and invoicing clients take a back seat. But if you don’t act now, you may not see any cash until February. Meanwhile your regular bills will still be coming in and wages will also need to be paid. So what can you do to make the holiday season financially stress free?
Avoiding the holiday debt hangover

How to avoid the holiday debt hangover

Team Maddern
04/Dec/2018
We’re coming up to the festive season and for all its fun and frivolity, it’s also a time when we loosen the purse strings to accommodate the excess. We all know there’s nothing worse than starting the new year with unpaid debt. Making a solid plan for your silly season spend can make a big difference and will help you avoid a holiday debt hangover.
Throwing yourself in deep to improve productivity

Throwing yourself in deep to improve productivity

Team Maddern
22/Oct/2018
A smartphone buzzes in your pocket. Ten tabs sit stagnant in your browser. Unopened emails, newsfeeds and gifs all claw for your attention.
Bankruptcy: Not the end of tax considerations

Bankruptcy: Not the end of tax considerations

Team Maddern
28/Aug/2018
With personal debt on the rise, many Australians are struggling with their finances. In most cases, a repayment plan can be worked out to get you back in the black. If that’s not feasible, another solution can be to declare bankruptcy, but this can have serious implications if you are running your own small business. […]
Tackling financial stress

Tackling financial stress

Team Maddern
28/May/2018
You’ve probably heard of social stress – fear of fitting in, feeling anxious about meeting new people. Or you might have experienced stage fright – the stress of public speaking, performing, or presenting in front of people. But there’s another form of stress on the rise that’s potentially affecting Australians much more regularly and seriously […]
What will the Budget mean to you?

What will the Budget mean to you?

Team Maddern
09/May/2018
The Budget promises to deliver a strong economy, more jobs, guaranteed essential services and the government living within its means, so what does this mean to you? Encouraging tax cuts There’s immediate relief for Australians on low to middle incomes, as well as light at the end of the tunnel for higher-income earners. Those earning […]
Tax considerations when separating

Tax considerations when separating

Team Maddern
07/May/2018
Divorce is never easy, and with so many practical and emotional issues to process it’s hardly surprising if tax is not top of mind. But tax can have far-reaching consequences if it’s not considered when marital property is divided, especially now that divorce is on the rise among older couples with more wealth at stake. […]
Home and away with super

Home and away with super

Team Maddern
16/Apr/2018
Australians buying their first home or downsizing in retirement are about to receive a helping hand thanks to new superannuation rules which come into effect on July 1. From that date, first home buyers will be able to contribute up to $30,000 into their super fund towards a home deposit while downsizers can put up […]
Separating needs from wants

Separating needs from wants

Team Maddern
18/Dec/2017
Even those of us who have been paragons of responsibility for 51 weeks of the year can be tempted to take a budgeting holiday when Christmas and the summer vacation roll around. Unlike overindulging at the Christmas lunch, this has more than short-term consequences. Last December, Australians spent $25.6 billion in retail stores. A survey […]
The 12 tips of Christmas

The 12 tips of Christmas

Team Maddern
11/Dec/2017
Ever wonder what Christmas carols would sound like if they were written today? There’d probably be a lot less about piper’s piping and partridges in pear trees, and a bit more about the madness of trying to put on the perfect Christmas without breaking the bank – or going a bit mad. Perhaps an urban […]