Proposed changes to dividends – Shorten’s ‘’own goal’’

Mar 14, 2018 admin Alternative Assets, Australian economy, Equity, news, SMSF 0 Comment

Dividend imputation was adopted by former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating in 1987. The purpose was to halt the double taxation of income. By way of example; a company like Telstra would do business in Australia, pay tax on earnings, and with funds left over would distribute dividends to its shareholders as a reward for investment. The problem was, the shareholder would then pay tax on the income they receive (including Telstra’s dividend distributions), thereby effectively paying tax on money that has already been taxed.

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Fix the roof... US Debt

Mar 05, 2018 admin Australian economy, Equity, Fixed Income, Global economy, news 0 Comment

Christine Lagarde (who heads the IMF) recently cautioned “fix the roof while the sun is shining” to US law makers. Her comments refer to an adage of preparing (when times are good) for any potential storms that may be brewing. The US Congress appears instead to be sitting around the pool, enjoying beers and BBQ, instead of turning their energy to Budget repair.

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The strong little Aussie (Dollar)

Feb 21, 2018 admin Australian economy, Global economy, news, SMSF 0 Comment

Friends and family always tend to watch the gyrations of the Australian dollar. For them, it’s an indicator of spending power for an overseas holiday. But the reality is, the exchange rate represents many things; a comparison of growth prospects, relative inflation and interest rate differentials, speculation, and of course the usual supply and demand associated with global trade of imports and exports just to name a few.

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Bitcoin and the Crypto scams

Feb 06, 2018 admin Alternative Assets, Australian economy, Equity, Global economy, news, SMSF 0 Comment

It was just before Christmas that I was at a function, listening to a learned colleague boast about his son’s prowess at investing in Bitcoin. I was told Bitcoin was the currency of the future. That Bitcoin was better than gold, a brilliant store of value, and with blockchain technology could settle in an instant.

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Amazon, Buffett & JP Morgan join forces to fight ‘tapeworm’

Jan 31, 2018 admin Equity, Global economy, innovation, news 0 Comment

What do the world’s greatest investor, the world’s biggest disrupter, and the world’s most influential banker all have in common?

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