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Time to review insurance arrangements

LRBA safe harbor interest rate increased

The safe harbor interest rate for self-managed super funds borrowing from related parties has been…

June 30 housekeeping schedule

As the financial year ends, it is time for SMSF trustees and superannuants to check…

Q&A

Q: From time to time I come across an investment opportunity that looks interesting but it is only open to sophisticated investors. How do I know if I am a sophisticated investor? A: The Corporations Law requires that people buying…

The New Criterion

The takeover activity at the top end of town is permeating down to the small to mid-sized sector, raising the perennial question of who might be next to garner interest from cashed-up or merely opportunistic acquirers. With dollars to spare,…

Kavanagh

With the Coalition returned to Government in last month’s election, commentators are taking a closer look at the First Home Buyer Deposit Scheme, which was launched late in the election campaign. The policy has few supporters. Scheduled to start next…

Surviving the deposit rate crash

Banks and other deposit takers made their call on a Reserve Bank cut well before the central bank got around to last week’s 25 basis point cut, with a large number of them cutting their term deposit rates. The rate…

ATO to iron out clothing expense claims

The Australian Taxation Office is sceptical about the validity of many of the claims made for clothing and laundry expenses. Clothes bought to meet a dress code don’t qualify as uniforms. Last year, six million people claimed work-related clothing and…

RBA rate cut will hurt bank profits

The problem for banks, following last week’s cash rate cut, is that they can’t cut the rates on all their deposits, in line with the cuts to mortgage rates. Their margins are being squeezed. In its commentary on the impact…

Aussie equity market defies global trend

The Australian sharemarket was an outlier in May, with stocks rising just over 1 per cent while most of the world’s other equity markets fell. Communications services was the leading sector. Global stocks appeared to be falling in response to…