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Keeping track of your credit rating

Keeping track of your credit rating

Team Maddern
18/May/2017
Today, applying for a loan seems to have never been easier. Interest rates are comparatively low and competition among lenders for new business is intense. So it can come as a surprise when a loan application is turned down. The reason is often a bad personal credit score, but few people understand what that is, let […]
What will the budget mean to you?-1

What will the budget mean to you?-1

Team Maddern
10/May/2017
Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget of the Coalition’s second term in office marked a significant shift in tone from the tough stance of its three previous budgets. Gone is the mantra of debt and deficit. Instead the Treasurer has balanced the government’s resolve to live within its means with promises to tackle the cost of […]
Australian economy: still going strong

Australian economy: still going strong

Team Maddern
06/Apr/2017
Australia, take a bow. We are on the brink of overtaking the Netherlands’ record for the longest period without a recession and very close to pulling off an even greater feat. Not only have we survived the end of an extraordinary mining boom without going bust, but the economy is showing signs of renewed growth. […]
Using tax for effective property investing

Using tax for effective property investing

Team Maddern
30/Mar/2017
With Australian property remaining expensive and banks tightening their lending criteria, investors need to ensure their property investments are a financial success. A key element is maximising the taxation benefits flowing from your investment. This includes correctly structuring the loan and ensuring your deduction claims don’t fall foul of the tax man. Getting the structure […]
The cost of hobbies

The cost of hobbies

Team Maddern
23/Mar/2017
In modern times, hobbies have become an essential part of life. This sounds a bit weird, since by definition, they’re activities that you choose to do for yourself. Since the advent of the eight hour day and the rise in average wealth in Australia, it’s got to the point where having a passion outside your […]
How to achieve early retirement

How to achieve early retirement

Team Maddern
21/Feb/2017
Spending more time with your family. Picking up a brand new hobby. Exploring exotic destinations for longer than your scant weeks of annual leave would allow. However you paint it, retirement is a beautiful goal to work towards. And starting early means you’ve got more time and energy to enjoy it. Early retirement has become […]
Where is the best place to stash your cash?-1

Where is the best place to stash your cash?-1

Team Maddern
07/Nov/2016
Australia’s historically low interest rates are great news for borrowers but a headache for savers. Whether you are a young single saving for a home deposit, a family saving for future education costs or a retiree seeking income, the hunt is on to find the best return on your savings. In a recent survey by […]
Aged care changes and the family home

Aged care changes and the family home

Team Maddern
31/Oct/2016
Decisions around aged care are always difficult and emotional. From the start of next year they are likely to get even more complex, with both the Age Pension and aged care sectors set for another shake-up. Currently, many people entering aged care choose to keep their former home and rent it out to help with […]
Budget your way into the black

Budget your way into the black

Team Maddern
17/Oct/2016
$2.2 trillion. That’s how much Australian households owe right now, according to the latest ABS stats.i Household liabilities grew by $1.2 billion in the last quarter alone. Real household debt per person has risen steadily by around 2 per cent per year, and now sits at around $79,000 per person.ii Sound scary? The good news […]