Can I give a Christmas gift to my clients?
At this time of year it is common to provide gifts to existing clients and customers as an act of goodwill and as a thank you for their custom and support of your business. As the gift is an expense to your business it is generally considered to be a tax deduction. The ATO has […]
Maddern Financial Advisers shortlisted for Optus My Business Awards
Maddern Financial Advisers has been shortlisted as a finalist to win an award in the category: Professional Services Business of the Year, at the Optus My Business Awards 2016, hosted by My Business, Australia’s longest-running publication tailored to the small business community. Founded in 2003, Maddern Financial Advisers offers superior Independent Financial and Accounting advice […]
If you’re changing jobs, you should read this.
Changing jobs often sits up the top of the list of stressful life events along with moving house, death in the family, illness or divorce. Human beings are generally not designed well to regularly make huge changes like a job change in life, and so many of us stay in jobs for years and years. […]
Keys to de-stressing your mortgage
“Don’t sail out farther than you can row back.” This Danish saying is sound advice for anyone thinking of borrowing to buy a home, particularly now that interest rates are low and house prices are generally rising in most metropolitan centres of Australia. According to a paper1 for the Centre of Policy Development and University […]
Financial Commentary and Investment Opportunities for September 2016
Today, in our monthly video newsletter, Dennis speaks about current economic issues and three major investment opportunities for Australian investors.
What makes a good financial adviser?
Qualifications There was once a time where becoming a financial adviser was relatively simple; complete a Diploma of Financial Planning, find a licensee who will have you and off on your way. Events such the demise of Storm Financial have led an incredible push to raise the industry professional standards over the past ten years, […]
Counting the lifetime cost of an unexpected illness or accident
It’s a pretty confronting scenario that thousands of Australians face the reality of every year: what would you do if the main breadwinner in your household could no longer bring in an income? Most people don’t have a backup plan. This is where insurance comes in. Curve balls. They’re unexpected, often deceptive and it’s impossible […]
Tax and the family home
Australians love property and for the property owners among us, it’s been a nice feeling watching market values rise. It’s worth remembering though, the tax man could want a share if you sell. Unless the property is your primary residence, you could find capital gains tax (CGT) taking a cut of your profits. CGT applies […]
Buying a business
Set yourself up for success Many of us dream of running our own business, with all the independence and satisfaction that offers. While striking out on your own can be personally and financially rewarding, getting off to a good start is crucial to success. So if you are seriously thinking about becoming your own boss […]
Self worth = net worth
How to build confidence and change your financial direction At the start of the year, many people reassess their finances in preparation for the year ahead. This inevitably involves a review of income sources. For many people, this is a bit of a sore spot as it can cause doubt or regret about career choices. […]