August 11, 2015 12:57 pm

What Are The Different Investment Types?


When choosing the best asset type, a clear understanding of the characteristics and risks involved should be undertaken before making an investment decision. Each asset type has their expected returns and risks, and management of these two are important to meet the market cycle and your current financial structure. Here are the different types of investments: Cash This is perhaps one of the most stable asset class as the income and risk are usually low. This is suitable for people who would like to invest in the short term and have very low tolerance for risk. Asset types can include [...]

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July 27, 2015 11:56 am

Saving Up for Your First Property


Getting a loan to purchase your first home may sound like a daunting task, especially when it is close to impossible to secure a 100% loan nowadays.  Lenders are more cautious before they help you finance your home, making sure that you are financially ready to keep up with your repayments. Saving up for your first property is the best way to get the home of your dreams. If you don’t know where to start, here are several tips on how you can save up without breaking a sweat Set realistic goals Before you go around shopping for property, make [...]

Saving Up for Your First Property2023-03-03T00:01:37+10:00

December 2, 2014 2:51 pm

ASIC in Hot Seat for Blocking 250,000 Websites


The Australian Securities and Investments Commission will face the senate for their actions in 2013 when they blocked 250,000 websites under investigation for fraudulent investment activities. The Senate Communications Committee will conduct a public hearing tomorrow to question ASIC’s actions to block websites – even that of the Melbourne Free University. The ASIC has released a submission to the inquiry defending their actions, stating that they only intended to block a small number of websites in April 2013, but inadvertently blocked 250,000 websites instead. Since the event, the ASIC has not requested for blocking websites, but instead encouraged submission of [...]

ASIC in Hot Seat for Blocking 250,000 Websites2023-03-03T00:01:37+10:00

October 15, 2014 10:37 am

We’re The World’s Richest Because of Property


Investment Bank Credit Suisse recently conducted the fifth annual study of global wealth trends and found out that Australians are the richest in the world at a median wealth of $US 225,000, with around 60% of household relying heavily on Property. Only 6% of Australians are living at a wealth below $10,000 compared to 70% of countries worldwide and 29% of the population in the United States. The global wealth is 40% higher than the GFC low in 2008. The Australian wealth has been on a steady climb, with the net worth of the average Australian ballooning from $US 103,151 [...]

We’re The World’s Richest Because of Property2023-03-03T00:01:37+10:00

July 2, 2014 2:52 pm

Another Financial Year Ends: Predictions For The Future


The financial year has come to an end and it is but fitting that we provide you with predictions from top economists on what to expect for the year ahead. Sharemarket predictions. NAB Chief economist Alan Oster expects sharemarket success to continue after ending the financial year up by 12%. He is predicting a 10% increase, citing the relatively weak domestic demand as a factor. Consumer predictions. With major non – mining sectors still in the recovery phase, ANZ chief economist Warren Hogan believes that additional investments and jobs will trigger increased consumer confidence. He also points out that despite [...]

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March 5, 2014 2:01 pm

Warren Buffett: Investing Tips From the Investment Guru


Warren Buffett is well known as one of the world’s most successful investors. He releases a shareholder newsletter annually, sharing his wisdom on his investment strategies as well as insights on financial topics. We are fortunate enough that his most recent newsletter covers the most in demand investment in Australia: Real Estate. Here are his 5 rules for real estate investing: “You don't need to be an expert in order to achieve satisfactory investment returns.” We’ve heard this countless times, but hearing it from the man himself says something. Formulate a strategy that works for you. A great tip: decline [...]

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January 29, 2014 2:46 pm

Retail Funds Call for Privatization


The Financial Services Council have urged state government officials to sell infrastructure to For – Profit Superannuation funds, setting their sights on state-owned electricity networks. Retail fund’s plan to invest in infrastructure have sparked debate among economists, who warned that this is a risky move, as privatization can push electricity prices up, and the government will shoulder the burden in case such projects fail. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims stands firm in his claim, saying that ''There is no doubt in my mind that energy prices, particularly in NSW and Queensland, would now be lower had the [...]

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October 17, 2013 12:22 pm

Would You Use Your SMSF to Invest in Commercial Property?


Using SMSF's have been the method of choice in property investments, with the advent of the residential property boom. This has caused widespread talks of a property bubble, as most of SMSFs are invested in the residential sector, prompting experts to call for investment diversity. With the popularity of residential investments, is this a good time to consider investing in commercial property? The residential sector can gain as much as 5% from rental income, around 4% or lower after expense. With commercial investments, the yields can go as much as 9% depending on the business type and demographics. One big [...]

Would You Use Your SMSF to Invest in Commercial Property?2015-11-13T18:41:22+10:00

Chinese Investors, Why Australia?


Foreign investment has been on the rise annually despite of the rule changes regarding foreign investment ownership in the country. Foreign investors are undaunted by these changes, as data shows a steady increase of investments, notably from Chinese investors. Chinese shares have tripled between 2007 and 2012, the biggest investment increase in foreign investment at 46.4%. Clearly China has shown great interest in investing in Australian soil. Few might ask, why Australia? Since the Insurance Regulatory Commission in China lifted restrictions in foreign investments, they have set their sights on developed countries such as Australia with the intent of extending [...]

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September 30, 2013 1:05 pm

Australians Will Be Among The World’s Rich in 2014


According to the Asia – Pacific Wealth Report, Australia and the Asia – Pacific region will have the most number of millionaires in the world by 2014. For Australia, the reason behind this is no surprise as investors experience a rapid growth in the most popular sector – real estate. Real estate has been the choice of investment for Australians. 40.6% of investors invest in the real estate sector, ahead of India, which was at a distant second at 26.5%. It is interesting to note that Australia had a market high 3.6% GDP growth in 2012, ahead of the global [...]

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