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Rearview mirror

Lessons from 2020 to secure a bright future

Team Maddern
09/Jan/2021
It was a year most of us would like to forget. And yet, some of the toughest lessons of 2020 had a silver lining.
Investing

What the US election means for investors

Team Maddern
31/Dec/2020
Democrat Joe Biden is pressing ahead with preparations to take the reins as the next President of the United States. Despite legal challenges and recounts, the early signs are that markets are responding positively.
Christmas shopping

'Tis the season for wise spending decisions

Team Maddern
12/Dec/2020
The traditional festive holiday season is likely to be a little different this year, but one thing is likely to remain the same – the temptation to spend and the post-Christmas budget hangover.
Tax

Tax Alert December 2020

Team Maddern
10/Dec/2020
Although individuals and small business owners are now enjoying welcome tax relief in the wake of some valuable tax changes, there is more on the horizon as the government seeks to reboot the Australian economy. Here’s a quick roundup of significant developments in the world of tax.
Achieving balance

Are you the (personality) type to easily achieve balance?

Team Maddern
29/Nov/2020
Checking emails late into the night, reaching for your phone before you’ve even had breakfast to start your working day, the ‘lunch break’ that involves a Zoom meeting - the lines between our work lives and our personal lives have never been blurrier.
Granny flat

Granny flats: tax tips and traps

Team Maddern
22/Nov/2020
The idea of adding a granny flat to your property sounds like a great idea. A property to rent out to generate some welcome extra income, or a home for adult children or mum and dad in their later years.
Credit score

Easy ways to boost your credit score

Team Maddern
14/Nov/2020
Most Australians are only vaguely aware – or completely unaware – of the fact that credit-reporting agencies monitor their financial transactions. While most Australians don’t give much thought to what’s on their credit report, the credit score that’s based on the contents of that report can have a significant impact on your financial choices. A modest score may mean you miss out on getting a mortgage or business loan.
Money, savings

Making your savings work harder

Team Maddern
07/Nov/2020
With tax cuts and stimulus payments on the way, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is urging us to open our wallets and spend to kick start the national economy. But if your personal balance sheet could do with a kick along, then saving and investing what you can also makes sense.
Doctor at work

FBT changes under COVID: What are the rules?

Team Maddern
30/Oct/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is raising some interesting questions for small business employers in relation to their Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) liabilities.
Young family

Life cover: More essential than ever

Team Maddern
22/Oct/2020
Living through COVID-19 has brought many challenges and shifting priorities as we deal with the financial impacts of the pandemic, and that includes the issue of life insurance.