Federal Budget Summary 2017 – 18

The Hon Scott Morrison MP handed down his second Federal Budget on the 9th of May 2017.

Pleasingly, and unlike last year, superannuation has largely been left alone. The main changes involve allowing people aged 65 and over to downsize their home and gain exemptions from the superannuation caps, and also a ‘First Home Super Saver Scheme’. Both are pretty good ideas.

On the whole though, it is a nothing budget. Certainly, there has been no movement to tackle the growing deficit which is forecast to reach $725 billion by 2025, but in all likelihood will be pushing the $1 trillion mark. The politically expedient option of leaving the debt problem to a future generation continues.

Please note, all the announcements still need to pass through Parliament; until then they can be viewed as merely a statement of intent. In addition, the devil is always in the detail, and the details aren’t yet fully known.

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Federal Budget Summary 2016 – 17

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The Hon Scott Morrison MP handed down his first Federal Budget on the 3rd of May 2016. There were modest changes to income tax rates and Centrelink rules but significant, and largely negative, changes to superannuation.

Of most concern is that a number of the superannuation changes are retrospective and hence impact existing and established retirement plans. Normally changes apply from the date of announcement, and any existing arrangements are allowed to continue under the rules which were applicable when they started.

Please note, all the announcements still need to pass through Parliament; until then they can be viewed as merely a statement of intent.  In addition, the devil is always in the detail, and the details aren’t yet fully known. (more…)

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How Much Do You Need In Retirement?

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This is always a common question I get asked and the answer is obviously different for each client. How long you will live, what investment return you’ll achieve and what lifestyle you want are the major factors. ASIC’s Money Smart site also refers to future medical costs. With regards to lifestyle, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) have just issued a press release quantifying the annual budget required for couples and singles on a modest lifestyle and also a comfortable lifestyle.  (more…)

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Warren Buffett’s Advice

 

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I am sure you have heard of Warren Buffett, who is generally considered to be the most successful living investor. He is CEO, chairman and president of the US listed investment company Berkshire Hathaway; which as of last night had a share price of US$187,750. Due to Buffett’s phenomenal investing success, (over the last 49 years he has returned 19.8% per annum compared with 9.8% from the S&P500) he has a cult-like following and his annual ‘letter to shareholders’ are eagerly looked forward to from both investors and investment professionals around the world.  (more…)

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