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How should we organize our finances to effectively plan and prepare for an retirement in next 10 years?

How should we organize our finances to effectively plan and prepare for an retirement in next 10 years ?. My personal details are: Age 35, married with a 3 year old daughter IT consultant with a ...
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With the Fringe Benefits Tax, should I even salary sacrifice for a car?

In Australia, some employers offer an option to salary sacrifice a car purchase. The cost of the car is taken from your pre-tax salary, so your gross income will be less, and therefore, the tax would ...
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How do I determine how much I can afford for a car?

I make about $70k AUD per year before tax. I currently have $10k AUD on my car fund. What I did was put $500-700 per week on that account, depending on how much I spent on other wants/needs. Now, I ...
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Buying shares in employer's company during IPO

So the company that I work for has just put out an IPO to float on the share market. They have offered employee's the opportunity to purchase reserved shares before the offer goes public, up to $10 ...
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Income tax loss credit after depreciation on negatively geared property

In Australia, my personal taxable income for a particular financial year before calculating depreciation on an investment property is very low (close to but above $0). This is after adding all rental ...
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If I earned money in both New Zealand and in Australia, do I need to file a tax return in both countries?

I am considering work in New Zealand but the financial year will be partly split between the two countries. Do I need to file an income tax return in both countries?
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Day trading in USA from Australia

I am an Indian citizen living in the USA for the past 4 years on work visa. I do trading occasionally (not day trading though), and as should be clear, I do have a SSN and Bank Account. However, I ...
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What is the most common and profitable investment for a good retirement in Australia?

I've seen a whole lot of questions in this website about good retirement investments in a range of countries, but none asking about Australia. Let me explain a little further my doubts: I'm currently ...
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Dollar transfering from australia to India and back to Australia

If I send Australian Dollar to FCNR in India, which I have already paid tax here, then when I bring back the same amount to Australia in a few years, do I have to pay tax again here?
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What does it mean when a company will be conducting a non-renounceable entitlement offer?

Recently, a company (ASX:CTM) released a non-renounceable entitlement offer. What does it mean in general, and what does it mean for a shareholder like me? There seems to be a problem with the ...
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How much risk should I take for each stock I trade? [closed]

If I am trading stocks in the short to medium term, say between one month to one year, how much risk should I be taking for each trade I make? I plan to start trading with $50,000 of capital on the ...
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Accepting a deposit into my mortgage from a third party and paying them interest

I'm a net borrower with a variable interest rate mortgage secured against my house. Let's say there is $200,000 owing and I'm paying 5% interest to the bank. It has a redraw at-will facility and I'm ...
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What are the consequences of being classified as a day trader, in Australia?

I read in a question here advice on how not to be labelled as a day trader. I trade quite often, but not as much to be labelled as a day trader based on what I read, but I'd still like to know what ...
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Cheapest/easiest way to convert AUD to USD on a short-term (2-3 month) basis

I am moving from Australia to the United States soon. Most of my cash is in AUD. When I arrive in the USA, I will be spending in USD. The AUD has been weakening substantially recently against the ...
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Are there disadvantages to day trading ETFs?

I bought an ETF a few months ago and I was thinking of selling it, however, I was wondering if there were disadvantages or additional fees if I treated ETFs like short term stocks.
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If I plan to buy a car in cash, should I let the dealer know?

Is it desirable for them if I paid in full? Should I let them know or should I keep it to myself? Will I get lower prices if I was willing to pay in full?
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If I pay the balance due, will I pay no interest in that month?

Here's what I have : Total Balance : X Balance Due : X-500 Minimum Payment : 50 If I pay X-500, will I pay zero interest on that month? Or will I pay interest for the remainder of ...
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Tax residency options for Australian overseas with no fixed residence?

I am an Australian citizen and work remotely for an Australian company. My pay goes into an Australian bank account and I also have a mortgage (actually a line of credit) on an Australian property. ...
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US client, Australian freelancer, what are my options in getting paid?

It's my first time to freelance and right now, I could only think of Paypal. I've tried transferring money from country to country (Australia - Philippines) before and the banks (in the Philippines, ...
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When is a higher return not desireable in a Retirement Fund?

I have been back-testing some share investment strategies for my SMSF (self managed retirement fund) and have narrowed it down to two strategies that have consistently performed the best over a 3 year ...
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What makes an effective and profitable trading system

What should I aim for to achieve an effective and profitable trading system? Should I aim to get as high a percentage of winning trades as possible (ie. 100% winning trades)? Also what percentage ...
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Should I give my mortgage broker access to my bank account?

Is it safe to allow a mortgage broker to access my finances? They are requesting it in order to present account balances to our home loan issuer, and while I wouldn't suspect they are scamming us or ...
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Here's my plan for saving up for a house - What can I do to improve?

I'm 20 and I'm from Australia, have about $8000 saved up for my mortgage fund, hoping to get a hefty sum for my downpayment when I plan to buy a house in the future. The $8000~ savings came from my 6 ...
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How does GST on PayPal payments work for Australian Taxation?

I am an Australian sole trader and I have recently started publishing eLearning videos to view online at a .com website that pays into my PayPal account. Purchases are in USD and my share is paid ...
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Having more tax deductables than tax paid

my income for 3/4 of the year is tax exempt, being in the form a scholarship living allowance. I expect to have many more deductible expenses, than the amount of tax I will pay. Particularly since I ...
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What does it mean for a normal citizen like me when my country's dollar value goes down?

I live in Australia. From what I can see in the past few years (and still ongoing), the AUD value just seems to go down. Right now, 1 AUD=0.86 USD, and from what I've read in some websites, it's ...
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How much do I ACTUALLY pay when I am going to buy a car?

I am an absolute noob with cars. I have no passion or experience with them, but I acknowledge that they are a great asset for life improvement in general, and I am planning to buy one soon. However, ...
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Risks in investing savings into retail superannuation in Australia?

What risks are there if I invest all my savings into retail superannuation? I'm still working part time, in my 60s, but would like to get a regular (pension type) income tax free, from investing in a ...
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What special rules, if any, need to be followed for US citizens to put money in Australian savings accounts?

From a few recent questions, I have seen that current (as-of Oct 2014) rates on savings accounts in Australia are in the 3.5% ballpark. This is about 30x higher than in the US. What would I, as a US ...
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What factors should I consider when evaluating index funds?

Thanks to the people who answered in this question, I've decided to educate myself with index funds and to engage my mortgage preparation funds in them. There are several choices for index funds. ...
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I'm 20 and starting to build up for my mortgage downpayment, where should I put my money for optimal growth?

I have no credit, no loans, and am a contractor for $40/hr at a company and I expect to work here for quite a while (job security should be above average). Every week, I allocate $300 to my Mortgage ...
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What investment options should I pick for my superannuation/retirement investments?

Right now, all my savings are in high interest (3.73%) savings accounts, and I've tried the stock market, but I have stopped for now due to my low capital not yielding enough to win against the broker ...
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Does being on the board of a bankruptcy-declaring company affect my credit rating?

If I am on the managing board of a company which declares bankruptcy, will it affect my personal credit rating? I am particularly interested in Western Australia.
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What are my investment options in Australia?

My current bank offers a 3.63% interest rate. I have about $7k in flexible money that I could put in potentially good investments. Right now, I'm only familiar with Term deposits, the stock market, ...
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If my annual taxes are less than $18.5k, does it mean I get to refund them all?

I've just started working in Australia and the way taxes work here are quite new to me. I've read somewhere (can't find the link!) that the maximum tax refund you can get per year is $18.5k. Does ...
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Am I putting myself at any security risks by putting all my money in one bank institution?

Currently, I'm putting all my savings into one bank institution, but spread into several accounts. Are there any security risks in this approach? It is convenient for me as all my money can be ...
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Does a falling dollar mean doom for real estate?

The Aussie dollar has started its downward trend and is predicted to go down to USD 70 cents. I was planning on purchasing a property for myself to live in. However, members in public forums are ...
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Should I take a personal loan for my postgraduate studies?

About 6 months ago, I embarked on a Master's degree. Prior to this, I did the math on the postgraduate program and set aside about $31,000 on a separate savings account just for the postgraduate ...
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How can I use the equity out of my current property to purchase another one?

I got out a $200,000 loan for a property that is valued at $270,000. I managed to get the property for $250,000 and I threw $50,000 at the deposit. Therefore, I currently owe $200,000. I purchased ...
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Credit Cards and Home Loans

I am based on Sydney Australia. Looking to buy a house here. Customer of one of big 4 banks. Long story short, 6 Months back Talked to my bank about buying a house and discussed about my borrowing ...
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Is it necessary to pay tax if someone lends me money to put into my mortgage?

So I have a fairly big mortgage and a family member of mine has a fairly large sum of cash. As he doesn't want to invest in any investments, it's just sitting there in the bank gaining interest in ...
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What solar panel subsidies does Australia have right now (in 2014)?

So I'm thinking about buying solar panels for my house. Only thing is I'm not sure whether to wait. I've been told that the value of solar power in Australia has remained largely the same - this is ...
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Online brokers with a minimum stock purchase lower than $500

Right now I am considering starting investing in stocks on my own and using the Commonwealth Bank Comsec to do it. What's stopping me is not the $20 brokerage to buy, and then another $20 to sell. ...
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Where can you find dividends for Australian Stock Market Shares (ASX) for more than 2 years of data?

I've been using yahoo to get in some cases ten years worth of historical stock prices for stocks. I'm interested in the dividends that the stocks pay if any. Yahoo Finance don't show dividends. But ...
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What are the costs of using home equity to invest in another property?

I'm wanting to find out some details of using the equity I have in my home to invest in another property. Specifically, about the costs of the loan(s) involved. I'm currently assuming I need a ...
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Investment options in Australia

I am an Australian PR and say I have 10,000 AUD in my savings account. Currently my bank offers a 4% interest rate credited monthly to my account. I do not need access to this money for another 2 ...
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Claiming business expenses for a business with no income

I'm currently working on a web application on the side to turn into a business one day. I probably spend upwards of 20-30 hours a week working on it (I would like to spend more but not ready to quit ...
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Australian superannuation - simple index fund investments with low fees

I am a relatively young student with a fairly low superannuation balance. I am not expecting any substantial new contributions to be made to my super any time soon due to my income being largely ...
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How can I know the minimum due credit card payment and date for an ANZ Visa card?

I have a Visa credit card from the ANZ bank in Australia. I'm currently overseas so cannot visit a branch and would like to avoid international phonecalls so I'm using only Internet banking and email. ...
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Is it wise to switch investment strategy frequently?

I am young and have many many years before retiring, so people always advise me to choose a high risk/growth strategy for my super. Ok, say i accept it, then my question is: Is it worth switching ...