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Understanding The First Home Super Saver Scheme

By Alec Berry
With housing affordability becoming increasingly challenging, many first home buyers are trying to best manage their path to the goal of owning property. To assist with these efforts, starting on 1 July 2017 a new initiative was introduced for Australians looking at getting themselves into the property market.

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Smart money options for the New Year

By Alec Berry
The investment return outlook is relatively subdued for the next five years following a strong post-GFC rally. This means that now might be an ideal time to take advantage of alternative strategies available to you. So, before diving into 2018 and investing in riskier investments in the hope of gaining those higher returns, now is a good time to consider what other options you have on the table.

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Bitcoin: an asset or a currency?

By Stephen Furness
For the past few months, Bitcoin has been the word playing on everyone’s lips. Despite being around for several years now, it has exploded in popularity across the globe. It seems to be everywhere – in the media, on blogs, creeping into everyday conversations. But what is it exactly and is it worth all the hype?

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How much is enough?

By Andrew Albury
Life expectancies are increasing. Interest rates are sitting at historic lows, and look like they’ll stay there for some time yet. Many retirees rely on investment income to fund their retirement years. However, the current low return environment means retirement savings have to stretch further than ever before and the income provided by today’s low yields may not be enough. So how much is enough?

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Comfortable ignorance or an inconvenient truth?

By John Barton
Wealth and health are two topics that many of us flat-out prefer a comfortable level of ignorance compared to the often inconvenient, and sometimes confronting, truth. Most of us tend to avoid, put off and defer the assessments and actions that will actually get us where we want to get. However, getting there will, in most cases, require a level of inconvenience – and many of us simply prefer the comfort of assuming all will be well rather than face a little inconvenience along the way.

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The collapse of Nant Whisky – a cautionary tale for investors

By John Barton
“Investors losing millions of dollars, bar staff taking cash from the till just to get paid and a former cricketer dropping out of a high-profile marketing deal” ... Sounds like the beginnings of a financial catastrophe, doesn’t it? That’s because it is.

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7 things I’d tell my younger self

By John Barton
Hindsight is an incredible thing and what’s more, hindsight brings with it 20/20 vision. When you think about it, of all the people to take advice from, the best person is really you. Or, the ‘older you’ specifically. You know you best.

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Education Bonds: Investing for Children and Grandchildren

By Andrew Proudfoot
Last week, we introduced the concept of an insurance bond for tax-effective saving outside superannuation. We also touched on a unique sub-class of insurance bonds, known as education bonds, which can be used to invest for your child/grandchild’s future in a tax-effective way and to make certain educational expenses tax deductible.

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The next best tax structure outside superannuation

By Andrew Proudfoot
Superannuation has long been hailed as the best tax structure in Australia. However, it isn’t the only long-term investment option available and with the impending legislative changes limiting how much can be entered and invested into super, now is a good time to review the next best option.

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7 ways to kickstart 2017 – and make it your best financial year yet

By John Barton
If there is one thing 2016 taught us, it is that peace of mind is a valuable thing. We are both excited and hopeful for the year to come and have shared 7 tips to help make 2017 your best financial year yet and to help you achieve peace of mind for the year to come, regardless of what events unfold this year.

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The next four years

By John Barton
As we’ve now had just over 24 hours to digest one of the most unprecedented upsets ever seen in US political history, it is now time to take a deep breath and consider what the next four years could mean for the US, Australia and global markets.

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What happens to markets if Trump wins?

With the US presidential election just days away, speculation and commentary is coming from all directions. Most commentators agree that a Clinton victory is still more likely than not and would be relatively benign for markets. Of course, a Clinton victory is not assured, with Trump closing in the polls in recent days.

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Bank hybrids: a cautionary tale

By Stephen Furness
In today’s volatile and uncertain market where term deposit rates remain consistently low, investors continue to be attracted to the regular and defined distribution payments bank hybrid securities can offer. However, despite their many positive features, bank hybrids carry more risks than many investors realise.

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Decision-making in times of uncertainty

In times of uncertainty, there is a strong natural tendency to stay still, to defer action, to wait and see. Of course time marches on and most people tend to forget that deferring a decision to change because of a lack of clarity about the future is in fact a decision to stick with the status-quo, even when there may be a very sound case for making changes.

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Brexit: a message from the MGD Wealth Investment Committee

We have noted for some time, through our LDI Connect portfolio updates, investment risks in general terms remain elevated and the “Brexit Vote” highlights such an event that can upset markets. Brexit is just one of numerous issues at any point in time that are risk event considerations for investors as we deal with what are certainly challenging and interesting times.

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Prominent financial economists join MGD Wealth’s Investment Committee

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure our Investment Committee has access to the most highly qualified and experienced investment professionals, we are pleased to welcome two of Australia’s most prominent financial economists to our team, Dr Michael Drew and Dr Adam Walk.

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2016 – Not a Very Happy New Year

Well the New Year’s here and global equity markets are not off to a great start. Most equity markets have recorded their worst start to a calendar year ever. And this comes on the back of calendar 2015 performances which in price terms were negative for most major equity market indices – and those that did record positive performances were mostly in the low single digit range.

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