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Property A Pathway to Retirement?

Posted on December 1, 2015 by First Financial

An astounding number of Aussies are moving away from relying on traditional means of funding their retirement in favour of establishing property portfolios.

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A Home Among The Gumtrees

Posted on November 11, 2015 by First Financial

Aussies are an adventurous lot. With more retirees choosing to jetset and enjoy their wealth rather than immediately settle, we also put a great emphasis on where we call home at the end of the day.

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Market Volatility Update

Posted on August 26, 2015 by First Financial

Recently we have seen significant negative movements in local and global share markets, culminating in the worst single day of trading for our market since January 2009 on Monday.

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What is happening with the Banks at the moment?

Posted on August 18, 2015 by First Financial

You will have heard that ANZ Banking Group Limited (ANZ) recently announced that they were raising $3 billion by offering shares at a discounted rate to Institution investors and its existing shareholders.

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Greece is the word

Posted on July 7, 2015 by First Financial

As a valued client of First Financial we would like to provide you with a simple, factual summary of what is occurring in Greece and the flow on effects for your investments.

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February Interest Rate update

Posted on February 3, 2015 by First Financial

The first announcement for 2015 has just been released and we have the news for you hot off the press. The Reserve Bank of Australia has today announced the outcome of its board meeting…

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Benefits and pitfalls of an LRBA for your SMSF

Posted on November 20, 2014 by First Financial

To most people that question will sound like gobbledegook, but you’d be surprised by the number of times I’ve heard it asked at a dinner party. Of course, Australians love investing in good old bricks and mortar.

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Make your transition to retirement plain sailing

Posted on October 30, 2014 by First Financial

You’re the wrong side of 40, and suddenly the day, when you can access your superannuation, doesn’t seem so far away. But are you satisfied with your current plan for the transition from working life to a happy and secure retirement?

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August Interest Rate Update

Posted on August 5, 2014 by First Financial

At its meeting today the Reserve Bank Board announced it was again leaving the cash rate unchanged, at 2.5%. The rate has now remained unchanged for a number of consecutive months.

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Changes to ATO SMSF supervisory levy

Posted on July 13, 2014 by First Financial

Up to 1 July 2013, the ATO supervisory levy has been paid for the financial year to which the self managed super fund annual return relates to.

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