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Reviewing your mortgage: it’s simple really

Written by: Shelly Johal I am sure you are all familiar with iSelect; they are all over the internet and television at the moment. Recently iSelect conducted some research into individuals and their mortgages. What they found was that one in three Australians have not had their mortgages reviewed in the last five years. It was also determined t ... Read More

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Income Protection: A Case Study

Written By: Jak Johnston Income protection is one of those things that no one wants to pay for but feel they should have, 'just in case'. However, often the thought of paying this additional expense overcomes that niggling feeling of precaution. Here is a case study to show you why it is important to listen to that little voice and invest in inco ... Read More

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Why Choose Managed Funds?

Author: Jak A managed fund is one example of a managed investment scheme, whereby your money is pooled together with other investors and an investment manager then buys and sells shares or other assets on your behalf. The advantage that a managed fund can offer is diversifying risk across your investment portfolio, which can limit your exposure an ... Read More

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Life Insurance and the Wollongong Tragedy

Author: Shelly There have been several disheartening events in the media this month that have prompted me to comment on the importance of life insurance. Earlier this month, there was one significant event that touched the nation. This was when a father of three drowned whilst jumping into rough water conditions to help save a man and his ch ... Read More

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Income Protection Insurance and Your Tax Return

Working out what you can claim when it comes to income protection insurance can get confusing. Here are a few explanations that have come directly from the ATO, to help you work out where to begin. The key thing to remember is that you can claim the cost of premiums you pay for insurance against the loss of your income. You cannot claim a ded ... Read More

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Preparing for Tax Time 2017

Remember last year when we all vowed to be much better prepared for lodging our tax returns? Vowing not to wait until the last second or lose those important receipts? Well, now is the time to start getting organised. With the 1 month countdown to the new financial year, here are a few handy tips to consider.   Know what you can claim Ide ... Read More

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Your Tax Appointment: What to bring

In preparation for your tax return appointment, we have put together a useful checklist to help you prepare exactly what you need to bring along. This checklist is for general individual tax returns and includes some information for rental property owners. Please keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive. You may well have a few things that ar ... Read More

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Maximise Your Tax Return

Every year we have so many clients who do not track their deductions. As a result, they lose hundreds or sometimes thousands, of dollars. Growth Focus specialises in helping you organise your finances to maximise your return, this year and beyond. There are four essential steps: Know what to claim Remember small deductions Know wha ... Read More

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2017 Budget Updates: Superannuation and GST

The Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison has delivered his second budget. Mr Morrison said the budget is focused on boosting the economy and households, so that we live within our means and are able to return the budget to balance in 2020/21. Below we highlight the GST and superannuation areas that the Budget has targeted that will impact our clien ... Read More

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2017 Budget Updates: Small Businesses

The Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison has delivered his second budget. Mr Morrison said the budget is focused on boosting the economy and households, so that we live within our means and are able to return the budget to balance in 2020/21. Below we highlight the small business areas that the Budget has targeted that will impact our clients. S ... Read More

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