5 key tips when fishing with children

Published: May 29, 2017

BIG4 Guest blogger, managing director of CH Smith Marine, and former president of the Boating Industry Association, Rod Smith, gives his expert opinion on having a safe and fun adventure when fishing with children. Fishing requires preparation, patience, and concentration at the best of times. So you can imagine that by bringing children into the […]

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Advocacy to support the rights of older people

Published: May 26, 2017

Most of the time aged care services work well and the people who use them are happy with the service they receive. However, sometimes there is a problem, and you may need help to speak up and have the problem resolved. Supporting the rights of older people Many people feel uncomfortable raising a complaint or […]

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7 tips to stop you under-charging and over-servicing

Published: May 24, 2017

By Flying Solo contributor Kathryn Williams Over-servicing clients is a common problem for small business owners; we feel it’s what sets us apart from our competitors. All it’s doing, however, is creating unreasonable expectations, and costing us money to boot. We know we can deliver what our clients need. And because we do this for […]

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4 simple ways to conquer stress AND increase productivity

Published: May 24, 2017

Our busy lifestyles often mean high levels of stress impacting productivity and health. Research shows practising mindfulness can reverse these effects for improved efficiency and well-being. How many times a week do you feel stressed or overwhelmed? Be honest! If you’re a busy professional, or a struggling solopreneur like me, I imagine not long goes by before you […]

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A vital SMSF question: A corporate trustee or individual trustees?

Published: May 22, 2017

A self-managed super statistic that doesn't seem to change much over the years is the strong preference of new SMSFs for individual trustees rather than a corporate trustee. The latest-available tax office statistics on SMSF trustee arrangements show that 93 per cent of SMSFs established in 2015-16 had individual trustees – a percentage that has […]

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More withdrawals from ‘the bank of mum and dad’

Published: May 19, 2017

Think about what has happened in the six months since Treasury secretary John Fraser spoke of his concerns for retirement savings of parents who help their children into housing by making withdrawals from "the bank of mum and dad". House prices in Sydney and Melbourne have continued to accelerate and, anecdotally at least, so has […]

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Going Global

Published: May 17, 2017

Australian investors may be well-aware of the basic diversification benefits of global equity investing relative to domestic investing, but franking credits tend to win the day and keep home country bias firmly entrenched in portfolios. There is however, more to the story than is usually understood. It’s worth looking deeper into the risks associated with a […]

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Life’s financial turning points: good and not-so-good

Published: May 15, 2017

The marriage and divorce statistics for 2015* sadly suggest that 43 per cent of Australian marriages may end in divorce. Significantly, this number-crunching does not include separations of de facto couples. Unfortunately, the breakdown of a relationship is a reality for many couples and it is a reality with typically damaging financial and emotional consequences. […]

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Is Australia the New Argentina?

Published: May 11, 2017

By Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist and Portfolio Specialist, MLC “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” Groucho Marx “One of Australia’s most important national assets is our institutional arrangements: things like the rule of law, our strong and credible institutions, and our stable […]

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Your first SMSF portfolio: Don’t overlook fundamentals amid super changes

Published: May 8, 2017

New SMSF trustees face something of a double challenge in 2017-2018: Coming to terms with the long-standing fundamentals of having your own fund together with the biggest changes to super in a decade. It is critical for new trustees not to neglect any of the fundamentals of self-managed super in their efforts to understand the […]

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