GET TO KNOW YOUR ADVISER - Roy Hall Q: Why do you do what you do? A: I’ve dedicated my life to helping my clients and educating people to plan ahead, whether it’s for their child’s education, wealth creation or their retirement superannuation, also protecting themselves and their families with risk insurance which also ensures that their future plans are protected.  I do it because I come … [Read more...]

Tax office cracks down on work expenses

Paul Osborne (Australian Associated Press) Australia’s tax commissioner Chris Jordan says a recent random check of work-related expenses had turned up a “very large amount” of wrongful claims. Mr Jordan told a Senate estimates hearing on Wednesday in one case a man claimed $20,000 for tools, arguing he bought them with cash from gambling winnings which he kept at home and not in a bank … [Read more...]

Another warm year for Australia in 2017

AUSTRALIA’S WEATHER IN 2017 * Third warmest year on record – 22.76C mean temperature (0.95C warmer than 1961-1990 average) * Warmest year on record for Queensland (annual mean temperature 24.63C) and NSW (18.75C) * Maximum temperature across year (29.82C) second-warmest on record for Australia * Annual rainfall 504mm (8pct above long-term average) – Wet start and end to year but … [Read more...]

Social media ban won’t stop cyberbullying

A cyber-hate expert says a proposal to ban an app that could aid online bullying is not the solution and instead societal attitudes need to change. Queensland mum Katrina, who has not disclosed her last name, started a petition to ban anonymous feedback app Sarahah following the tragic death of Northern Territory teen Dolly Everett, who took her own life. “I do not want my daughter or any … [Read more...]

More women on boards but target distant

Prashant Mehra (Australian Associated Press) A target of 30 per cent female representation on company boards in Australia by the end of 2018 could be slipping out of reach. The proportion of female board members across ASX 200 companies hit 26 per cent at the end of November, according to the latest quarterly gender diversity report from the Australian Institute of Company Directors … [Read more...]

Qld man lists luxury home for 500 Bitcoins

Christine Flatley (Australian Associated Press) A financial planner has put his Gold Coast mansion on the market for 500 Bitcoins. In what is believed to be a first for the city, David Jenkins is selling the luxury Sovereign Islands home – which features four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a cinema and a 10-car garage – for the digital currency, which has jumped in value by more than 500 per … [Read more...]

Brexit will impact on the West: Downer

Suze Metherell (Australian Associated Press) It is of of vital importance for Australia and the Western world that the separation between the UK and the EU is amicable, Australia’s High Commissioner to Britain Alexander Downer has told an audience in London. Speaking at the Menzies Lecture at King’s College on Monday night, Mr Downer said he hoped emotions wouldn’t overrun Brexit … [Read more...]

” A piece of paper that can change your world”

People say things in life are sent to test us and when you experience tragedy you reevaluate all things. I have had some major moments in my life where for some time I did reevaluate all things. The passing of my younger sister aged 31 years old from cancer, my Dad being diagnosed with kidney cancer and now living with only one very healthy kidney, but like most of us I became a prisoner to this … [Read more...]

Don’t Gamble on Financial Advice

Don’t Gamble On Financial Advice In an age of information overload and pervasive social media it seems everyone has an opinion they want to share. Being able to discriminate between what is useful and what is fanciful is increasingly important – especially when it comes to financial issues. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing Ever had the temptation to jump on the web whenever you … [Read more...]

The Hidden Dangers of the Unplanned Estate

The Hidden Dangers of an Unplanned Estate  While most of us are aware of the importance of making a Will, there are other estate issues that may not be so obvious and can have dramatic consequences on family security. It’s not just the wealthy – all families need to plan for financial, legal, medical and child care decision making to ensure their wishes are carried out accurately. Estate … [Read more...]