Current geopolitical risks

Brian Parker, discusses why financial markets seem complacent about the geopolitical risks the world is facing. He explains: how there is currently an elevated level of geopolitical risk what the possible investment implications of these risks are, and why the impact on financial markets has been limited so far. Read the full report – Current-geopolitical-risks

July economic update

Brian Parker, Head of the Portfolio Specialists Group at MLC, reviews events in markets during June. Among the topics he discusses are: why central banks’ actions remain critical for financial markets how monetary policy generally remains very loose, with very low interest rates creating a positive environment for share markets whether Australia’s exports and non-mining…

Government Audit proposals 2014

The National Commission of Audit report (released 1 May 2014) contains 86 recommendations aimed at saving the budget up to $70 billion annually. The key recommendations affecting financial planning strategies are outlined below. Note: these are proposals only and may not be in the Budget or passed into law. Superannuation Superannuation preservation age •• Preservation…

Federal Budget 2014 2015

Budget Highlights Introducing a Temporary Budget Repair Levy on incomes over $180,000 for the three years from 2014‑15. Requiring young people to be earning, learning or participating in Work for the Dole Tightening the eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part B (FTB-B). Low income single parents will be assisted with a new allowance of $750…