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Wealth Management

10-years on… the balance of greed and fear

By John Barton
Anniversaries present us with opportunities – opportunities to celebrate, to contemplate the passage of time and to reflect...

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2018 Investor Forum

By Stephen Furness
Recently, we hosted our 2018 Investor Forum. The event took place at The Grove in the CBD with a great line up of speakers. Read on for more information, photos and a summary video from the event.

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The last taboo

By John Barton
It wasn’t that long ago that most us considered religion, money, sex, politics and death pretty much off-limits when it came to polite conversation. They were no-go topics almost everywhere. Today, most of us talk fairly openly about all these subjects – all bar one that is. The exception for most of us is money!

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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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MGD Director shortlisted for prestigious SMSF Award

MGD Director Andrew Albury has been shortlisted as one of nine finalists in the SMSF Adviser of the Year category of the Queensland 2017 SMSF and Accounting Awards. The Awards recognise individuals and businesses that are making their mark in SMSF and accounting advice by championing professionalism, quality advice and innovation...

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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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High profile specialists join leading Brisbane boutique financial services firm

Boutique financial services firm, MGD Wealth, has enjoyed a bright start to 2016 with the addition of two very experienced wealth management specialists, Richard Marsden and Rachel Barlow, to its growing team.

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How sticky are you?

How sticky are you? How many of the dollars that you earn this week, this month or this year will you still have next year or the year after? Would your chances of building the best possible future for yourself (and your family) be improved if you could increase your stickiness? Of course it would.

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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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How to help your kids get into the property market

While other 70-year-olds may be planning exotic cruises or luxurious overseas holidays, state government veterinarian Colin McQueen continues to clock in at the Ararat export abattoir as he works to pay off the last of the three homes he bought in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs for his adult children.

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Reframe your thinking and take control of your future — Part Two

In Part One of our discussion on reframing we considered the benefits of thinking about your income as an asset. Turning now from income to your investment assets, it can be equally valuable to reverse your thinking when it comes to your personal balance sheet.

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What do cricket and your personal finances have in common?

By John Barton
Here's a new way to think about your finances - it's just like cricket. I'm thinking of Adam Gilchrist and Geoff Boycott. Gilchrist was the big-hitting former Australian batsman — lots of runs in quick time. Very exciting to watch. Boycott was the dour, careful Englishman of a generation ago. Again, lots of runs but not much excitement.

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