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Federal Budget 2019

By Colin Lewis, April, 2019 How sweet it is with an election looming! The measures announced this Budget are proposals only and must go through Parliament to become law.  Accordingly, it may take a newly elected Coalition government to get these measures through – and they’re counting on this Budget to help them get re-elected.…

Get me out of Australia?

By Oscar Oberg, on behalf of Cuffelinks March 2019 Investors’ desire for growth outside of the suffering Australian economy was a major theme to emerge in the February 2019 Reporting Season, particularly in the small-to-mid-cap segment of the market. Since around September 2018, economic data in Australia has weakened, largely due to the flow-on effect…
Market Update 2018 and outlook for 2019

Market Update 2018 and outlook for 2019

December 2018 Chief Investment Officer, Tony Edwards, provides an investment update on 2018 and an outlook for 2019.
Colin Lewis

How much can I contribute?

By Colin Lewis December 2018 So, you want to bolster your retirement nest egg by making a contribution to your super fund. Sounds simple enough … right? Concessional contributions Making a pre-tax ‘concessional’ contribution – that is, a personal contribution for which you claim a tax deduction and/or salary sacrifice contribution – is relatively straightforward. …
Power of Attorney

6 quick answers on appointing an enduring Power of Attorney

By Phillip Richards Courtesy of Cuffelinks December 2018 There may be times when, perhaps due to family illness or incapacity or if someone is working abroad, someone else needs to hold an enduring power of attorney (POA) over a person’s financial and legal affairs. A POA is essentially a document that will legally appoint someone…
Colin Lewis

Winding up a SMSF

By Colin Lewis, Head of Technical Services, Fitzpatricks Private Wealth November 2018 Are you considering winding-up your SMSF? You may now be retired and wish to kick back with your super pension. Life is to be enjoyed and you don’t want the burden of running your own fund. Maybe you’re moving overseas and because of…

The value of disruptors is different

by Alex Pollak October 2018 Contrary to commentary found in Cuffelinks recently, investors are not naive when they buy shares in ‘expensive’ major global businesses that are using the latest tools to win customers. Those investors have chosen these companies, which now fall into the category of disruptors, because they have outgrown and are continuing…
Colin Lewis

The importance of estate planning – are your affairs in order?

By Colin Lewis, Head of Technical Services, Fitzpatricks Private Wealth October 2018 Estate planning is much more than having a will. Unfortunately, many Australians don’t even have this! Simply, estate planning involves planning for both what happens to your assets and affairs after you die and who takes charge of your affairs in the event…

Is this your biggest retirement worry?

  By Ben Hocking, on behalf of Cuffelinks September 2018 Are you ready for retirement? Are you confident your money will last? Over the past 18 years, retirement website YourLifeChoices has surveyed its membership on all aspects of retirement and retirement affordability. Many things have changed in that time, but the one constant is the…

Five financial stages in everyone’s life

By Don Ezra, on behalf of Cuffelinks August 2018 We go through stages in our lives. Sometimes it’s useful to look at how our psychology changes as we move from one stage to another. This article describes five financial stages, looking at minimum, successful and exceptional standards. I don’t have numerical benchmarks for you. Individual circumstances…


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