RBA in ‘uncharted territory’ on falling house prices

By Matthew Cranston  7 Dec 2018  Australian Financial Review The Reserve Bank is in “uncharted territory” when responding to falling house prices and can only wait and see what happens to weaker consumption over the next few months to get a clearer view on economic growth according to deputy governor Guy Debelle. Dr Debelle told economists at the annual…

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…