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Over 2 million Australians are experiencing significant financial stress. In addition, 1 in 2 adults have limited to no savings and only 1 in every 2 Australians have a “basic understanding” of financial products and services. Furthermore, at anyone time, 1 in 10 Australians have a missed credit or insurance payment. These are shocking facts. But that's not all...
Percentage of Australian pensioners below the poverty line.
One in every three Australians will struggle to survive in retirement.
Percentage of Australian households in financial stress.
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Percentage of fund managers that underperform.
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Percentage of Australians that seek financial advice.
Of these 89% believe the advice they received was extremely beneficial.
Around 80% of Australians who have reached Age Pension age are currently receiving the Age Pension in full or in part. The remaining 20% are either ineligible due to the income and assets test or have not applied. At some stage in their retirement, most Australians will be eligible to claim a Part or a[…]
The Silk Road, created by China during the Han dynasty (207 BCE – 220 CE), has played a significant role in trade and the development of many countries including China, Korea, Japan and Europe, and today the silk road is undergoing a modern re-incarnation. The Belt and Road initiative, which is also known as One[…]
Several weeks ago we laid out our argument for why we did NOT believe that the US stock market (and by default global markets) were likely nearing a major top. (Click here to read the article) Today we analyse 9 very important US stock market charts, which provide further evidence to support our thesis. US[…]
The official release of the 2016 Census data was on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. We released a brief summary in this article on June 29. Since then further analysis has been conducted and thanks to the Commonwealth Bank we have the table below to get further insight into population, income and dwelling statistics. (Source: Commonwealth[…]
June Swoon in Tech Stocks. Should we be Worried? The US NASDAQ 100 is down almost 4.6% since hitting its all-time high of 5885 on 8 June 2017, to close last night at 5646. On the back of this sell-off, many commentators are suggesting that this could be the beginning of a major market sell-off[…]
Superannuation is often overlooked within the broader issue of gender difference in Australia. Women generally work and earn less in order to spend more time taking care of the family. This usually leaves them with less savings to last through retirement, compared to men. On one hand, life expectancy in Australia has improved dramatically for[…]
The official release of 2016 Census data on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 has provided some insight as to the trends in population and property ownership around Australia. In an effort to establish what this means for property investors we have summarised the relevant parts here. 1. More Renters and Less Owners Outright home ownership slid[…]
Depreciation Changes and Maximising Property Investment Returns With the end of the 2016-2017 financial year fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about how you can get the most out of your investment. One way to do this is to ensure you claim the maximum depreciation deductions available from your investment property. The[…]
Beijing’s Tightening Policies are Starting to Rein in House Prices The cost of housing in China rose as much as 40% last year. On the back of this strength authorities have moved to implement new controls to ease the risk of a potential housing bubble. These measures include implementing a series of monetary and regulatory[…]
With 98% of US S&P 500 companies having reported earnings for the March quarter, Mason Stevens Head of Equities, Marcus Tuck, provides his key takeaways: Aggregate profit growth was a very healthy 13.9%, the highest year-on-year growth since Q3 2011, where it recorded a 16.7% growth rate. 10 of 11 sectors reported profit growth with[…]
Appen Ltd (ASX: APX), the data services and language technology company, has seen its share price soar 43% over the past 2 weeks on the back of a strong earnings result and a significant upgrade to its full year earnings guidance. APX is seeing significant increased demand for its high quality data for machine learning-based[…]
For many people it could be tempting to retire before age 60 and call it a career. If that is the case, you should be aware that your superannuation benefit payments will very likely be subject to some tax. However, with careful planning and preparation on your part or with the assistance of an expert[…]