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How to De-Stress Your Mortgage

December 2018 | Real Estate
Keys to de-stressing a mortgage “Don't sail out farther than you can row back.” This Danish saying is sound advice for anyone thinking of borrowing to buy a home, particularly now while interest rates are low but are likely to rise over coming years. According to a paper1 prepared by the Centre of Policy...
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The Interest Only Regulation Myth

December 2018 | Finance
The two regulators for the banking industry have been hitting interest-only loans hard. APRA regulates banks, dictating how they are able to lend, the rules around investment lending, owner occupier lending, and interest-only versus principal and interest loans. ASIC regulates the people that deal with consumers – so brokers (like us), bank managers, mobile...
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Christmas Closure 2018

December 2018 | General
AustAsia Group advises that our office will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays from 5:00pm on Wednesday 19th December 2018 and we will reopen on Wednesday 9th January 2019. From all of us at AustAsia Group, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your valued business throughout...
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Scaremongering in the Housing Sector – Part 1

December 2018 | Real Estate
40% correction? - Unlikely. Let’s start with the latest media commentary on “The Housing Market” – an elusive term at best. We’ve been told that the Australian Housing Market is overheated and could fall by 40%, but the fact is there is no such thing as a single housing market in Australia. As you...
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Implications of Labor’s Proposed Policies: Property, Investment Property, Negative Gearing, Franking Credits and Other Issues – Part 2

November 2018 | General
In part one on this topic we looked at the polices that Labor is likely to take to the Federal Election in 2019. In this article we look at the potential effect of these policies on the economy and what you should be considering regarding your own investment portfolio. Confidence and Spending Labor propose...
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ATO scammer warning

November 2018 | Accounting & Tax
Over recent months, an alarming number of Australians have been targeted by telephone scammers pretending to be calling from the ATO. Their potential victims are faced with threats of large fines, court or jail time if they don’t pay up immediately. While this is not a new scam, the tactics employed to falsify plausibility...
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The Banking, Superannuation, and Financial Services Royal Commission

November 2018 | General
A lot of clients would have recently heard about the Royal Commission into the banking sector. While many may think this doesn’t affect them, as they don’t have a loan, or they don’t have dealings with a bank, this isn’t correct. The Banking Sector affects the whole economy in a number of ways, including...
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Implications of Labor’s Proposed Policies: Property, Investment Property, Franking Credits and Other Issues – Part 1

November 2018 | General
With the current turmoil in political circles, we thought it timely to provide some commentary on the policies announced by Labor, as Parliament is sitting at the end of this month. Somewhere between May and November 2019, we will see another Federal Election. While the policies of both parties are varied and complex, of...
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Business Clients – Tips and Traps on Employment Contracts

November 2018 | General
Part 3 – What to do next? If you’ve been following this series of emails, you’ll now be aware of some of the over-arching issues businesses might encounter when engaging staff or contractors. You will know now that casual staff, contractors and permanent employees all have different entitlements, and how important it is to...
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Business Clients – Tips and Traps on Employment Contracts

November 2018 | General
Part 2 – Is a Casual Employee a Casual Employee? Do you employ casual employees? If so, this article is for you. Employee entitlements, National Employment Standards, Federal Employment Awards, Industrial Relations regulations and Union Representatives – these things combined create a minefield for business owners at the best of times. But recently, things...
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