In our library, you will find the latest financial news, valuable insights and ideas, tips and tricks we've learnt over the years and other helpful educational pieces.

A Biden world

30 November 2020
By Ronan Zille
As the world shrugs off the uncertainty of one of the most divisive US presidential elections in history and watches on as president-elect, Joe Biden, assumes office, the question everyone is now asking is; what does a Biden administration look like for markets and the economy? The answer should largely lie in the history of Biden’s political scorecard and whether his administration will lean towards a pro-market and pro-economic outcome.

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The art and science of a redundancy payment

13 November 2020
By Rachel Barlow
With businesses and households around Australia suffering from the effects of COVID-19, we’ve been doing a lot of work recently for people who are being offered a redundancy, including pilots, senior flight attendants, academics, and professionals. We’ve seen how challenging it can be for redundancy recipients to assess whether they should accept a package.

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The importance of adequate female specific personal risk cover

4 November 2020
By Andrew Proudfoot
A significant underinsurance gap exists both between the sexes and within various demographic segments of the Australian community. There are many reasons women remain underinsured. Time out of the workforce is a primary concern for many women and not just because of children; statistics show females are more likely to adopt the role of caregiver if something happens to a child or a relative.

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Federal Budget 2020 | Overview

7 October 2020
Federal Treasurer, Mr Josh Frydenberg, handed down the 2020/ 21 Federal Budget at 7:30 pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, 6 October 2020. Australia’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of the original and extended JobKeeper scheme, the cash flow boosts, and the enhanced JobSeeker payment has come at a significant cost, Mr Frydenberg said, resulting in a budget deficit of $213.7b, falling to $66.9b by 2023/ 24. Here is an overview on the announcement.

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Federal Budget 2020 | Taxation

7 October 2020
Federal Treasurer, Mr Josh Frydenberg, handed down the 2020/ 21 Federal Budget at 7:30 pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, 6 October 2020. Australia’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of the original and extended JobKeeper scheme, the cash flow boosts, and the enhanced JobSeeker payment has come at a significant cost, Mr Frydenberg said, resulting in a budget deficit of $213.7b, falling to $66.9b by 2023/ 24. The tax highlights are set in this post.

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Federal Budget 2020 | Superannuation

7 October 2020
Federal Treasurer, Mr Josh Frydenberg, handed down the 2020/ 21 Federal Budget at 7:30 pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, 6 October 2020. Australia’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of the original and extended JobKeeper scheme, the cash flow boosts, and the enhanced JobSeeker payment has come at a significant cost, Mr Frydenberg said, resulting in a budget deficit of $213.7b, falling to $66.9b by 2023/ 24. The superannuation highlights are set in this post.

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Federal Budget 2020 | Social Security

7 October 2020
Federal Treasurer, Mr Josh Frydenberg, handed down the 2020/ 21 Federal Budget at 7:30 pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, 6 October 2020. Australia’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of the original and extended JobKeeper scheme, the cash flow boosts, and the enhanced JobSeeker payment has come at a significant cost, Mr Frydenberg said, resulting in a budget deficit of $213.7b, falling to $66.9b by 2023/ 24. The social security highlights are set in this post.

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How to construct a portfolio to withstand market volatility and a pandemic

3 September 2020
By Rachel Barlow
No one could have foreseen COVID-19 and its impact on the share market – indeed, it has been a “black swan event”, an “unknown unknown”. However, events like these have happened before; they’ll happen again. In this article, Rachel shares her expertise in constructing a portfolio that is designed to withstand market volatility and black swan events, like the current global pandemic.

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Understanding the costs of aged care

4 August 2020
By Mikaela Holmes
“Do we need to sell the family home?” This is probably the number one question I get asked by concerned children when grappling with the idea of putting their parents into Aged Care. And whilst the answer will be “yes” for some, that is not always the case and there are plenty of options to work through first. Of course, in order to be able to understand the options, you need to be able to understand exactly what costs you are faced with …

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End of financial year planning during COVID-19

8 June 2020
As we approach 30 June, end of financial year planning has become more important than ever. We understand that due to the pandemic, your cash flow and retirement savings may have been severely impacted, your business’s turnover may have decreased substantially, or your regular PAYG instalments (prepaid tax) may have varied. In this paper, we have shared some strategies you may wish to consider.

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SMSF direct property rent relief measures

28 April 2020
By Brad Hoffman
The unfolding health, economic and financial crises triggered by Coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in increased levels of unemployment and widespread income reduction, a phenomenon which has prompted many tenants to seek assistance from landlords.

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(Video) The human side of crisis management

24 April 2020
On Tuesday, 21 April 2020, we hosted our webinar, "The Human Side of Crisis Management: Helping you support your employees in times of crisis". In the webinar, our presenters, thought leaders in their own fields, shared their insights into how human resource leaders and executives can make a meaningful difference to how their staff cope with financial stress.

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(Video) MGD Investment Forum

16 April 2020
Our MGD Investment Forum videocast features presentations from each of the investment specialists that were scheduled to speak at our April MGD Sydney Investment Forum, which we sadly had to cancel in light of the current health crisis. In the videocast, they each speak to their investment views and methodologies in the context of these challenging circumstances.

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Economic response to the coronavirus

3 April 2020
The Australian Government has begun rolling out a considerable fiscal stimulus package in an effort to support and assist those individuals and businesses that have been negatively impacted by the unfolding Coronavirus (COVID-19) crises. We have collated the key measures announced and will continue to update this as further announcements are made.

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COVID-19: Implications for life risk insurance policies

2 April 2020
By Andrew Proudfoot
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has triggered a public health crisis and a deepening financial crisis. It has also given rise to several implications for Australian Life Risk Insurance. In light of this, it is important that you understand the developments and how they impact life risk insurance policies going forward.

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(Video) Seeking safe passage

2 April 2020
On Wednesday 1 April 2020, we hosted our webinar, "Seeking Safe Passage: Personal Financial Strategies for Times of Crisis" where Dr Michael E. Drew and Richard Marsden shared their expertise, thoughts and views on what investors and retirees are facing in the unfolding crises triggered by the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If you missed it, you can view the recording here.

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COVID–19: Dealing with uncertainty and ongoing financial implications

10 March 2020
By John Barton
We’re all becoming accustomed to our daily (perhaps hourly) Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates. As we come to terms with the human and economic dimensions of this infection, and the increased uncertainty inherent in the situation, it is no surprise that we see a range of impacts in the real economy and financial markets.

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