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At its meeting today, the Board decided to: retain the April 2024 bond as the bond for the yield target and retain the target of 10 basis points continue purchasing government bonds after the completion of the current bond purchase program in early September. These purchases will be at the rate of $4 billion a...
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As history shows, a new financial year usually brings new opportunities in super and the commencement of the 2021/22 financial year is no different. From 1 July 2021, indexation of the contribution caps, Transfer Balance Cap (TBC) and Total Super Balance (TSB) takes place. Then there’s the announced continuation of the 50% minimum pension requirement,...
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As the world tried to make sense of the COVID-19 crisis through the first half of 2020, one of the most striking themes was the way in which the pandemic had accelerated a number of trends across commerce and society. Two of these – e-commerce and flexible working – were particularly significant for the property...
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While “rona” was selected by Macquarie Dictionary as 2020’s word of the year, “stir-crazy” would have made it onto many peoples’ shortlists. From closed borders to seating quotas, we have had to contend with various forms of restrictions since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, cases in Australia have remained under control and life...
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Australia’s resurgence from the depths of the COVID-19 has been impressive by any measure. In the second half of 2020 we chalked up two consecutive quarters of GDP growth in excess of 3%1 - the first time this has been accomplished in recorded history, according to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg2 – and although growth through 2021...
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At its meeting today, the Board decided to maintain the current policy settings, including: the targets of 10 basis points for the cash rate and the yield on the 3-year Australian Government bond; the parameters of the government bond purchase program; and the rate of zero per cent on Exchange Settlement balances. The global economy...
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Australia has traditionally relied on strong population growth to underpin growth in real estate markets. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic which struck the world in early 2020, border closures have thrown the brakes on immigration, and according to the budget papers, Australia has gone from an annual population growth of 1.5 per cent over many...
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We believe the first and essential takeaway from this budget for share markets is that nothing much has changed. This is a pro-growth, pro-equities budget that will be strongly supportive of cyclical earnings and dividend growth. Riding on the back of revenue from surging resource exports at a time of record iron ore prices, we...
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This year’s Federal Budget didn’t disappoint as the announcements will allow greater flexibility in making superannuation contributions; relaxing some requirements impacting self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs); and freeing up other super concessions. These announcements are all useful and practical changes and are anticipated to commence from 1 July 2022. Let’s have a look at the announcements...
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The 2021 Federal Budget harks back to the immediate post GFC budgets in some ways, with the Treasurer resisting any temptation to start early on the task of budget repair and doubling down on stimulus. The government has announced $96 billion of extra spending over the next four years, but the run of deficits will...
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