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Baby Boomers
Baby boomers and your Super – are you underfunded?
By Emma Stoffels, MSI Ragg Weir, Accountants, Melbourne

Baby Boomers are often labelled as big spending optimists who will worry about tomorrow when it comes, however, a recent study into retirement adequacy which analysed data from 60,000 SMSF’s across Australia shows that based on the average balance of these funds ($850,000) a 65 year old couple can receive an income of around $60,000 for their lifetime.  Read more
Business Model
10 Business Model considerations every business owner needs 
By Alec Blacklaw, McKinley Plowman & Associates, Accountants, Perth

What’s the ideal business model for my business? I have been asked this question hundreds of times by business owners over the years. The answer to this lies entirely within your objectives incorporating the short, medium and long term. It will usually involve a strategic review of your business and alignment across all directors and/or stakeholders. You will need to consider and blend business, family, health...  Read more
Cross Border Surrogacy
Cross Border Surrogacy – birth of legal debate
By Monica Blizzard, Aitken Partners, Lawyers, Melbourne

 In Australia, “Baby Gammy” has become the face of surrogacy. The story of Australian parents travelling to Thailand to have a surrogate child, and upon the birth of twins, deciding to leave one behind – Baby Gammy – because he suffered from Down Syndrome, has provoked horror, and overwhelming generosity from the Australian public to the surrogate mother… Read more
Foreign Investment demand for Auckland Developments
Foreign investment demand for Auckland development projects
By Peter Spring, Keegan Alexander, Lawyers, Auckland

New Zealand Foreign investment in Auckland’s well performing property market continues to rise but, in recent years, there has been a shift from Australian to Asian investors. This is consistent with China being New Zealand’s largest trading partner. Asian investors are particularly interested in the apartment sector in Auckland where the median dwelling price has increased by 103 percent… Read more
Aged Care Reform
Aged Care Reform: what are the changes?
By Craig Munter & Michelle Barraclough, Makinson d’Apice, Lawyers, Sydney

With a rapidly ageing population and longer life expectancy it is no wonder the Australian government has started to implement legislative reforms in an attempt to create a more affordable and sustainable aged care system or should we say “aged living” system... Read more
Figured farm forecast
Have you figured out your farm forecast yet?
By James Nell & Tim Wade, Mackay Bailey, Accountants, Christchurch, New Zealand

The dairy industry in New Zealand is sometimes referred to as the white gold trade. Like gold, recent dairy pay-out announcements have led to significant volatility and uncertainty regarding budgets and profitability. What does your dairy farm budget look like when the pay-out changes from $8.50 to an expected $5.60 per kg of milk solids? An income drop of 34%.  Read more

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