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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.

Personal Finances

(Video) The human side of crisis management

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

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

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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(Video) Seeking safe passage

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

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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Significant income protection changes on the horizon

By Andrew Proudfoot
Out of concern for the sustainability of the income protection market, the insurance regulator, APRA, is intervening to change the way income protection policies are offered in Australia. Read on to find out what this means for you.

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Time for a change?

By John Barton
Often referred to as the lucky country, Australia has long enjoyed the comfort of decades of sustained economic growth. This situation has facilitated the development of simple yet effective approaches to investment...

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Building a personal balance sheet with purpose: financial freedom and financial resilience

In this article we contend that building a personal balance sheet with a specific understanding of purpose can lead people to financial freedom and increased financial resilience.

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Investment fundamentals 101

By Rachel Barlow
This article is the first instalment of a series we have developed on investment fundamentals which we will continue to build out over the coming weeks and months. The issues may be big or small, but ones we consider relevant for everyone, young or old, wealthy or aspiring to be so.

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Warren Buffett is not wrong – but not entirely right

By John Barton
Back in February, Warren Buffett released his 54th annual letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway. Since reading this year’s letter, I have been meaning to capture my thoughts on an aspect of Warren’s note that, while accurate, misses the point for most investors...

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A ‘City of London’ perspective

By John Barton
Earlier this month, I took the almost 31-hour door-to-door journey from Brisbane to London to attend the Australian British Chamber of Commerce Financial Services Catalyst 2019 – four collaborative, information-rich days examining the key challenges facing financial services today.

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Should I make an extra mortgage repayment or contribute more to super?

By Rachel Barlow
This is a question we’re commonly asked. The answer depends on a number of factors and both options have advantages and disadvantages.

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Planning for the high costs of education

By John Barton
When it comes to raising kids, there’s not much that’s as important as ensuring they receive a good education. So, whether you’re thinking about your children or your grandchildren, ensuring you’ve thought ahead – particularly in relation to who you intend to pay for the inevitable costs – is paramount.

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What does a woman want?

By Rachel Barlow
Despite thirty years of research, Freud could not answer “What does a woman want?” Let’s not untangle that mystery! Let’s talk about what studies have shown the main financial goals for women to be, including repaying the mortgage, understanding and contributing to super, retirement planning, improving financial literacy as well as looking after family (children and parents).

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Post-election outcomes and considerations

By Andrew Albury
With the uncertainty that comes with the lead up to a Federal Election now softening, now is an ideal time to consider the new avenues of opportunity that may emerge for investors. Adopting a policy of continual observation of the post-election market landscape could be beneficial.

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Changing perspectives

By John Barton
By changing your perspective and adopting a few key techniques from your personal health management to your personal wealth management, you may come to realise that the two practises aren’t so dissimilar

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Getaway ideas without breaking the bank

By Alec Berry
The Australia Day long weekend is almost upon us, and whether you’re keeping it local or going to Fyre Festival 2.0 (see Netflix if you don’t know what this is), there are always expensive and less expensive ways to travel...

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