What export boom?

This will challenge your way of thinking: Australia is one of the smallest exporters as a percentage of GDP in the world, and therefore one of the least reliant on exports for our national income. But we’re addicted to imports.

Health check for end-of-year tax planning

It’s time to conduct a detailed financial review of your tax affairs, focusing on your marginal tax rate, delaying receipts and advancing expenditures. Two weeks from now, it will be too late for another year.

Overview of global fund investment trends

The big global trends in funds management are a move from equities to fixed interest, from active to index, a reduction in fund commissions, and increased dominance of the biggest managers.

How much income tax do you pay?

There’s an ongoing debate about income inequality and personal income tax. Looking at the numbers, 45% of Australian adults pay no personal income tax, while 1.5% of adults pay 26% of income tax.

Surviving in a fat-tail world

Nassim Taleb argues we live in a fat-tail world where extreme events are common, while our ability to predict them is nil. Superannuation funds should run extreme stress tests and manage the results.

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