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Maximising the Value of Employer Share Schemes

December 2019 | Accounting & Tax
Background An AAG client had been offered free shares from her employer, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, as a part of her performance bonus. The client acquired these shares through her Employer’s Share Scheme (ESS) and she came to us seeking some guidance on what to do with these shares. She...
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AAG Celebrates its 40th Birthday

November 2019 | General
Our 40th year in business is coming to a close and last week we celebrated with a Sundowner with clients and other business associates. We’ve come a long way in 40 years since commencing in 1979 as business brokers. Over the years, we have evolved to keep pace with changing client requirements and demands,...
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When a Marriage Ends – Financing a Family Split

November 2019 | Finance
Background As a multidisciplinary organisation with a strong collaborative approach, it’s common that we will assist a client across a number of different areas – for example, real estate, finance and legal. As detailed in the following AAG In Action, our Finance and Legal Teams came together to assist long-standing clients of AAG who...
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The Impacts of Separation on Estate Planning and Wills

November 2019 | Legal
Background It can be an incredibly stressful time for individuals when a marriage comes to an end. But if the result is a formal separation – rather than a divorce – there may be even more turmoil ahead, in particular for future partners and dependents. An AAG client came to us as he had...
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The RBA’s interest rate cuts don’t seem to be working – What next?

October 2019 | Finance
The Melbourne Cup has been run and won for another year. Congratulations to everyone who backed the winner, Australian owned and trained Vow and Declare! The other big event yesterday was the RBA's November board meeting and their decision to hold official interest rates at the historic low of 0.75%. The decision to pause...
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The RBA’s interest rate cuts don’t seem to be working – What next?

October 2019 | Finance
Part 2: The How’s, What’s and Why's? So, the RBA is concerned that the economy is on tenterhooks and could go one way or the other. Contrary to some commentators, the RBA generally won’t like to see a downturn or a recession – the same way that it doesn’t like to see a boom....
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The RBA’s interest rate cuts don’t seem to be working – What next?

October 2019 | Finance
Part 1: The Background There is a lot of talk around Interest Rates in the media, on TV and everywhere at the moment. We have recently seen the Government announce that the consumer protection regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”), will conduct an investigation of the banks and why they aren’t passing...
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Quarterly Finance Newsletter & Update – September 2019 quarter

October 2019 | Finance
Welcome to the spring edition! With the arrival of the warmer months traditionally comes an increase in property market activity. For those considering buying this season, in this edition we take a look at changes to credit reports, as well as revisiting the current home loan features you should be considering. Finally, we’ve got...
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Better than Game of Thrones!

October 2019 | Investments
How Many Kingdoms? A Brief Run Down of the Geopolitical Landscape. The world has always been challenged by geopolitics. The nature and magnitude of associated conflicts may transition and manifest across varying contexts but, broadly speaking, geopolitical risk is always present. The rise of widespread geopolitical issues comes at a time when the world...
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Rubbernecking and Investing

October 2019 | Investments
Ever been stuck on the freeway and don’t know why. Then you drive past a minor car accident (or even just a breakdown) and curse all the other drivers for slowing down to have a good look and causing the traffic jam that is totally unnecessary. That is, of course, after having slowed down...
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