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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.

Wealth Management

2018 Investor Forum

5 September 2018
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

5 February 2018
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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Smart money options for the New Year

20 December 2017
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?

11 December 2017
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?

22 November 2017
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?

15 November 2017
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

19 September 2017
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

25 August 2017
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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Five money tips for young professionals

25 August 2017
By Alec Berry
We understand that as a young professional, you’re juggling a number of competing priorities, and that it can be difficult finding the time or headspace to think about your financial future. However, with age on your side, you are in a powerful position. We've shared five considerations to help get you started in building the foundations for your financial future...

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7 things I’d tell my younger self

19 April 2017
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

21 February 2017
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

7 February 2017
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

6 January 2017
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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Bank hybrids: a cautionary tale

24 October 2016
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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Personal risk insurance: how to survive and manage premium price hikes

20 May 2016
If you’ve experienced a substantial increase in your personal risk insurance premiums year-on-year in recent times you are certainly not alone, with many reporting average increases in the region of 20% per year over the last few years.

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High profile specialists join leading Brisbane boutique financial services firm

7 March 2016
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?

18 February 2016
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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