Blended families: how to look after second spouse and not risk kids’ inheritance

  By Brian Hor   7 Dec 2018  Australian Financial Review Many modern households are blended families, in which it’s not unusual to have stepchildren of one of the parents in the couple. Often the household starts out as a “traditional” family with two people who are both the parents of the children. Then one of them…

Negative Gearing – Investment must stand on its merits

By Noel Whittaker   25 Nov 2018  Sunday Times Borrowing for investment is back in the news. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen’s office has confirmed that Labor’s proposed changes to negative gearing will apply to all assets, including shares and managed funds — with the exception of new residential property. It’s a highly controversial policy. Aussie Home…

Independent Financial Advisers benefiting from Royal Commission fallout

The Royal Commission has seen a distinct shift from bank-aligned financial planners towards independents, according to Adviser Ratings managing director, Angus Woods. Speaking on a panel at the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) conference in Adelaide, Woods said that his company had noted an upturn in inquiries about financial platforms, with activity doubling…

Estate planning 101 – How to get your affairs in order

by Colin Lewis  17 Oct 2018  Australian Financial Review Estate planning is much more than having a will – it’s about planning for what happens to your assets and affairs after you die, as well as who takes charge of your affairs in the event you lose capacity – your back-up plan. Sadly many Australians don’t even…