The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money – Freakonomics Radio

If you like a good podcast and you want to stop doing stupid things with your money, check out this episode from Freakonomics Radio.   We like this episode because it tells the same story we have been telling our clients for years. Thankfully they have been listening. The result – a successful investment experience. Image courtesy Read more…

Financial Planning with a Difference

[Rob]  I started HPH Solutions because I wanted to do financial planning in a different way. I really wanted to better serve the people that were trusting me for their financial advice. [Michael]  Helping people to plan and reach their financial potential so they have more choices and can pursue their dreams, what could be Read more…

Five Tips to Help You with Cyber Security

What is happening? Last Friday 12th May, a global cyber-attack was launched that has to date infected hundreds of thousands of computers. The cyber-attack has impacted some high-profile victims, including high-profile targets such as UK Health, Renault, FedEx, and some Chinese universities. The attack initially starts by tricking a user to open an email containing Read more…

Federal Budget 2017

First home savers, downsizers and small business are the winners in Treasurer Scott Morrison’s second Budget – while taxpayers face an increase in the Medicare levy. Note: These changes are proposals only and may or may not be made law. Contributions from downsizing the home Date of effect: 1 July 2018 Individuals aged 65 or Read more…

How Much Should You Save for Retirement?

INTRODUCTION Most people ask themselves this question at some point in their working life (hopefully, relatively early). With the continued shift toward defined contribution plans, future retirees are being asked to take on more responsibility for their retirement outcomes than in the past. So the question is of vital importance. But do we have a Read more…

The Power of the Market

A lot of people talk about the market, but what does that mean? The financial market is made up of millions of participants, many just like you. Buyers and sellers who voluntarily agree to trade shares of companies all over the world.  Every year, millions of trades take place each day totalling billions of dollars. Read more…

Investing vs Speculating

As an investor, you probably have a lot of questions, like “Will I be ok?” or “Will my money last long enough?”. These are great questions, but there is a simpler way to think about the answers to successful investing. Imagine all investments you can trade publicly could fit in a circle.  Those investments would Read more…

What to do about Brexit

Friday was an interesting day for Britain (and Europe) and as we all know, the Brexit vote has had an immediate impact on bond and sharemarkets around the world. These are the very kinds of market events our clients’ portfolios are built for. We never take risks that aren’t worth taking and the portfolios we construct Read more…

2016 Federal Budget summary

The Federal Budget Analysis prepared by the MLC Technical team, part of GWM Adviser Services Limited, appears below. 3 May 2016 Treasurer Scott Morrison has handed down his first Federal Budget—the Coalition Government’s third. The winners are low and middle income earners and small business owners. There are significant changes to superannuation that could warrant further discussion with Read more…

Making sense of stock market roundabouts

Dramatic market swings, US Federal Reserve deliberations and discouraging data from China have made headlines in Australia and around the world in recent months. We asked Vanguard’s global chief economist, Joseph Davis, for his perspective. Since the global financial crisis, economic growth in many developed countries has been modest, while share markets in New York Read more…