I want my tax to be tax deductible!

May 26th, 2017 The Money Cafe

Is the Fairfax bidding war real? Do we pay ATO employees enough? And is Trump’s first budget ludicrous?

Bank disruption, merger mayhem and the craziness of negative gearing

May 25th, 2017 Talking Finance

It’s a troublesome time for banks. And it’s not just because of the proposed bank levy. Banks are ripe for disruption and the disrupters are coming.

Neo-banks are popular in the UK and the US. Eric Wilson is at the helm of Xinja, a neo-bank that allows users the security and top-notch customer of the real deal but everything is within an app.

Alex Pollak has an update on the Revised Payments Service Directive in the UK and Europe.

The storied history of Australia’s top-class superannuation system

May 24th, 2017 The Spotlight

Keating and Kelty’s Super Legacy by former MP, Mary Easson outlines the storied history of Australia’s superannuation. It was Labor’s idea which started with Whitlam and reached its peak with Paul Keating.

Now with 2 trillion in savings and often used as an example of a winning program throughout the world. Super is woven into our daily lives and gives Australian’s a choice of where their money should go.

ATO Scandal, Fairfax Takeover, Trump’s volatility & Jeff Bezos = Genius!

May 19th, 2017 The Money Cafe

Somebody’s had their hands in the till at the ATO or both arms in fact! Jame Kirby and Alan Kohler can’t help but marvel at the level of this scandal as they sit down at The Money Cafe today.

An appreciation of depreciation: budget 2017’s biggest surprise

May 18th, 2017 Talking Finance

In last week’s budget panel Louis Christopher of SQM Research introduced us to a budget curveball that may limit the depreciation claims investors can make on their properties. Louis is back with more details and fields the burning question: Are we headed for a property crash?

Finding an optimistic approach to a perfect storm of global uncertainty

May 17th, 2017 The Spotlight

Evert-Jan Ouweneel is the Senior Advisor Public Engagement on Faith & Development within the fundraising offices of World Vision. His role is to inform people in secular societies about the need for “faith literacy” which is understanding people of other faiths.

48 hours after Budget 2017, Banks under pressure & biggest property rort

May 12th, 2017 The Money Cafe

With a small amount of distance from Budget night, The Money Cafe digests Scott Morrison’s balance sheet and his tilt at the banks.

They make one last attempt at predicting the Budget – CGT is out, what’s left for housing affordability? Alan points out that the last time we had a current account surplus, Bob Dylan released Blood On The Tracks – coincidence?

More tax, more spending, but budget isn’t same for everyone

May 11th, 2017 Talking Finance

It’s our inaugural budget breakdown panel. We are two days on from the Federal Budget announcements and we’ve put together a crack team to analyse what the 2017-2018 budget means for Australia.

Annette Beacher, David Plank and Louis Christopher dissect the budget with a focus on housing, infrastructure and its impact on the markets.

The Budget is a box ticking exercise, but the tax policy box is missing

May 8th, 2017 The Spotlight

Financial correspondent Laura Tingle has been In Search Of Good Government for quite some time.

In her new book subtitled Great Expectations and Political Amnesia she makes the point that our short term governments have no corporate memory and the public service is now competing for its role as an adviser.

Good debt, bad debt and ugly job losses at Fairfax

May 5th, 2017 The Money Cafe

Alan Kohler and James Kirby entered The Money Cafe with heavy hearts after hearing of the severe cuts to journalism jobs at Fairfax.

They make one last attempt at predicting the Budget – CGT is out, what’s left for housing affordability? Alan points out that the last time we had a current account surplus, Bob Dylan released Blood On The Tracks – coincidence?




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