Author Archive | Noel Whittaker

personal concessional contributions

No logic in reinstating the complex 10% rule

In the final Leaders’ Debate, the Prime Minister asked why Labor wishes to deny a tax deduction for additional personal concessional contributions, reinstating the old 10% rule. What’s the logic of this complex rule?

housing policy

Labor policies and the impact on housing

Labor’s proposed policies on negative gearing and capital gains may come at a time when residential property is already weak, and it’s unlikely to make buying a property easier for first-home buyers.

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Summer Series, Guest Editor, Noel Whittaker

As we continue to mark the Cuffelinks 5th anniversary over summer, leading adviser on personal finance, Noel Whittaker, selects his favourite five articles from 2017. Focus on things you can control not those you can’t.

pension

When age pensions were not welfare

It should be no surprise that many older Australians believe they have an entitlement to the age pension. Like an early version of the superannuation guarantee, pensions were once directly funded by personal tax.