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  • January is a great time to buy a car. Car dealers all over the country will be clearing last year's stock at knock-out prices. So if you want to take advantage of the New Year car sales, get ready by talking to us about your finance now. Why talk to us? It's important that you get a car loan that's affordable, competitive and tailored to fit your personal financial circumstances and goals. Car d...

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  • This week, the share market has edged higher as the property sector was boosted by the $33 billion takeover of Westfield, and the consumer staples sector also rose. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 stock index was up 0.14 per cent at 6,021.8 points at 1630 AEDT, after a session in which the index moved within a narrow range. Shares in Westfield jumped 13.7 per cent to $9.66 after the company agreed on Tue...

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  • At its final board meeting for 2017, the Reserve Bank Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent.  Conditions in the global economy have improved over 2017. Labour markets have tightened and further above-trend growth is expected in a number of advanced economies, although uncertainties remain. Growth in the Chinese economy continues to be supported by increased spending on in...

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  • The year's winding down, so in the financial world that can only mean one thing – forecasts for next year. Every mainstream media outlet will be putting them together over the next month because A. people like lists; and B. they're easy to string together. The thing to always keep in mind: they're all worthless. There's no value that could be gleaned from forecasters who don't own working time m...

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  • Gains by the major banks, miners and energy companies have pushed the share market's benchmark index past 6,000 points for second time this month. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 stock index gained 26.8 points, or 0.45 per cent, to 6,011.1 points, as the banking and mining heavyweights took advantage of positive offshore data and a swing in sentiment on the local market. Despite a dip in the price of iro...

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  • The ATO receives around 20,000 reports each year from people who believe their employer has either not paid or underpaid compulsory superannuation guarantee (SG). In 2015-16 the ATO investigated 21,000 cases raising $670 million in SG and penalties. The ATO's own risk assessments suggest that between 11% and 20% of employers could be non-compliant with their SG obligations and that non-compliance ...

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  • One of the most gratifying things about doing business in country communities is that we are afforded opportunities to make contributions of all kinds, and (hopefully), leave a positive footprint. Recently, we were thrilled to receive this letter of thanks from the Kingaroy State High School recipient of our Bursary for Volunteering. We view volunteering as a wonderful way to develop compassion an...

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  • Gains in all but one sector of the share market have lifted the All Ordinaries index above 6,000 points for the first time since the global financial crisis. The All Ordinaries index rose 0.5 per cent to 6,005.5 points, its highest level since May 2008, and the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index gained 0.5 per cent to 5,937.8 points. Energy producers set the pace for the market's gains, as oil prices hit ...

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  • Our goal is to work with you to not only maximise your financial viability and opportunity now, as well as to ensure that we provide you with the guidance, advice, and support to plan for security later in life. Today more than ever, with ongoing inflation and rising living costs, it is important that people consider and plan for how they will live post-retirement. This is especially true for Gen ...

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  • When looking at getting a home loan, most people head straight to their bank and this could be a costly mistake! Right now in Australia, there are over 3500 different loan products available for purchasing a house. And on top of that, each different lender has different niches available that make them a better fit for one lender over another. When a person just goes straight to "their" bank to or...

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  • The share market's recent run of gains has stalled due to weakness among telcos and miners and heavy falls from Crown Resorts and Lendlease. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 added just 0.02 per cent to 5,890.5 points, after being up to 0.3 per cent higher in the early afternoon. Rio Tinto dropped 0.8 per cent to $70.92 and BHP Billiton shed 0.5 per cent to $27.17 after posting a three per cent drop in iro...

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  • When your business is in its first few years of operation, it can seem hard to get a bank to support your vision. If you're wondering how to get a business loan quickly in Australia, there is a formula you can follow to improve your chance of success and make things faster and easier. Here's what you need: Financial Documents + Business Plan = Lending Outcome First, make sure you've got all you...

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  • As another year rolls into the last months and we embark on a new year to come, it can be a time of reflection for many people. Taking stock of the year and your life may include everything and anything from business and career to family and health. And one of the best ways to reflect on what is important and organise yourself is to review, update or create your Will. Wills aren't just for peop...

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  • On the 12th week before Christmas, my True Love gave to me… a budget plan to stay debt-free…As the heat continues to rise, 2017 is fast on its way out and with less than 12 weeks until Christmas Day, you can be forgiven for wondering where exactly the last 9 months went? So, in an effort to prepare you for both a debt-free and relaxed holiday season (and as a reminder to ourselves) we thought we w...

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What Is Bitcoin?

  • Bitcoin is a new currency that was created in 2009 by an unknown person using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. It is what is known as a cryptocurrency and is the first decentralised payment system in the world. This means that transactions are made with no middle men i.e. no banks! There are no transaction fees and no need to give your real name when transacting with others. Year on year the populari...

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  • The RBA is keeping rates on hold for now, but the interest rate honeymoon might not last long! Amid growing speculation that the long period of very low, interest rates in Australia could be coming to an end, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has reported that it would attempt to avoid raising interest rates too quickly. The financial markets' assessment of the likelihood of an interest rate ri...

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  • If you have International Shares in your portfolio how does a rising Australian dollar impact on your investment value? When a managed fund that has overseas investments, such as a global shares fund, is unhedged, investors are exposed to fluctuations in the Australian dollar. This can be a good thing if our dollar falls relative to the currency in the country where the investments are held.  For...

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  • At Schuh Group Wealth Advisers, we help our clients to make informed financial planning decisions. Built on fundamental principles of honesty and transparency, our financial planners offer sound advice to people of all ages and walks of life. Our approach is simple, we take the time to discuss your goals and objectives with you and we then tailor the best solutions to assist you in reaching your g...

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  • Recent insurance scandals with insurers showing a belligerent attitude to paying claims may have left some of us forgetting that insurers actually do pay claims. You wouldn't think so, given some of the media coverage, but Australian life insurers pay out a significant amount of claims each year. Here's the proof. Australian life insurance claims paid by major insurers surpassed $9 billion in tota...

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  • The share market has lost ground due to a broad sell-off of banks, insurers and other financial stocks, and the Australian dollar's surge above 80 US cents was tempered by slightly weaker than expected economic growth. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index dropped 0.29 per cent to 5,689.7 points, as the financial sector's fall outweighed gains by mining and oil producers. Commonwealth Bank was again the ...

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  • Recently we sent an email to all our clients because we had some cash to donate. We asked you directly who you thought was a worthy recipient of one of our $500 giveaways and after a flurry of responses and some shortlisting, we decided on two amazing charities. One of the recipients was Hope Reins - a local initiative that rescues and re-homes horses and then facilitates programs for individuals ...

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  • The share market has reversed earlier gains to close lower after falls by financials and healthcare companies outweighed gains in the energy and telco sectors. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 was down 0.2 per cent at 5,737.2 points at the close of trade, after being 0.2 per cent higher in early trade. The big four banks were relatively steady, though Commonwealth Bank shed 0.6 per cent, and faces a pot...

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How NOT to Invest

  • The ABC's 7:30 Report recently featured a story on victims of poor financial advice (investors duped by a noted investment spruiker) who are calling for reforms to protect anyone else from suffering what they've endured over the past decade. Despite these investors being found to be eligible for compensation by the Financial Ombudsman Service, most of them haven't seen a cent because those found t...

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  • TWENTY dollars won't get you too far these days. At best, a few cups of takeaway coffee, lunch (maybe),  or a single cocktail at a bar on the weekend. However, $20 goes a long way, for a long time, in your superannuation. Projections by super industry group ASFA, show that salary sacrificing $20 a week into super can deliver a 20-year-old an extra $435,000 in retirement, or $87,000 in today's dol...

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  • Schuh Group are proud supporters of the second Gympie Jazz and Wine festival being held this Saturday, August 5th to support Wishlist. The 2017 festival will raise vital funds for a neuro-perfusion package for the recently installed CT Scanner at Gympie Hospital. This upgrade will allow acute stroke patients to access new treatments and alleviate the need for travel to the Sunshine Coast Universit...

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  • Most investors will understand that lack of diversification across their portfolio increases risk and introduces volatility. For many property investors in Australia however, the ongoing stability and continued growth of the property market feels very comfortable – in bricks and mortar, "I can see my asset", kind of way. One option that may make sense and reduce volatility for such investors is di...

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  • The Australian sharemarket followed global stocks higher but the Australian dollar fell after consumer inflation came in well below forecasts. Wall Street stocks rose 0.3 per cent, but the S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 50 points, or 0.87 per cent, to 5776.6 as rebounding commodity prices and the neutral interest rate outlook boosted sentiment. Consumer price inflation slowed to 0.2 per cent over the J...

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