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High income, sudden windfall

I currently earn quite a good salary (around $250,000 Australian dollars per year). Due to a recent investment coming good I am expecting to be receiving a windfall of around $1.2 million Australian ...
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Should I invest when in debt?

I have just consolidated my debt and am thinking where I want to be in the future. My payment plan is to be debt-free in three years. It is not an extremely aggressive plan; I still want to have a ...
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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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What is a good rental yield?

If you are thinking of buying a property for investment purposes, what is a good gross yield? I've been told you should take 3 zero's off the price of the property, so if a property is worth 400,000, ...
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Where should I park my money if I'm pessimistic about the economy and I think there will be high inflation?

I'm in Australia. My prediction is the economy isn't going to fare very well. I also think that the property market is going to drop. I also think there will be high inflation to come. I can explain ...
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How to choose a good tenant as a private landlord?

I have 2 rental houses and am sick of the real estate agents providing such bad service. I have changed real estates 3 times over the past 5 years and I have come to the conclusion that I am the best ...
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If I have all this stock just sitting there, how can I lend it out to people for short selling?

Short sellers need to borrow stock in order to short sell. I understand they typically get this stock through a broker though some sort of arrangement where they pay interest. I was wondering, how ...
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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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I'm moving to another country. Where should I keep my money?

I've been working in the US for a number of years, and am shortly to return to Australia. My cash is in an online bank based in the US. Would you recommend I move it to an Australian bank, or leave ...
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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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Borrowing money to buy shares for cashflow?

I currently have lots of equity in my house in Sydney. I am holding 2 investment properties that are negative and really draining my cash flow as we have young kids and wife only works part time. I ...
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Trouble sticking to a budget when using credit cards for day to day transactions?

I recently got a credit card which is linked to an airline, and has a flyer points program for every dollar spent on the card in each billing period. Wanting to make the most of this, I started using ...
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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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Why do Australians get charged more for Internationally available Goods and Services?

It seem that when the same good or service is available in Australia as it is internationally, we always end up paying more for it in Australia. Even when you take the effects of the exchange rates ...
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Best way to buy Japanese yen for travel?

Going to Japan in about a week, and I'm looking for ways to buy Japanese yen. In Australia, it's pretty nuts. If you exchange money from them, they'll charge you 5-6% above the mid rate of the ...
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In Australia, how to battle credit card debt?

I have $18K in credit card debt. What are my options in tackling this? Every month I am left with no extra money to pay anything more than minimum payment required (car, rent, another personal loan, ...
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Do “crossed checks” work in the United States?

I grew up in Australia, and learned that when I write a check, I should generally cross it with two diagonal lines with Not Negotiable written between them. The idea being that this signifies that ...
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If I'm an independent contractor in Australia, doing small jobs for a company in NY, do I pay taxes to Australia or The US?

I'm an Australian citizen, living in Australia. I've started doing some writing work for a company in NY on a project-by-project basis. The C.O.O asked if I could send him a W2 form. Having done a ...
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In the U.S., what is the easiest way to buy Australian government bonds?

The NY Times says: He cited the example of buying a one-year Australian government bond, yielding 5.25 percent. He said he believed that the American dollar was going to lose value and the ...
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How does taxation change when I have a child?

My wife & I currently both work full-time (in Australia) and I'm curious what changes would take place to our income taxation when we move from 2 incomes & no dependents to 1 income with 1 non-...
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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, your income ...
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Is the average wage a reliable measure for how much the average person earns?

This web site (http://www.livingin-australia.com/salaries-australia/) claims that the average australian wage is 68k per year. I've had a look at some other resources too and they all seem to use this ...
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Does it make sense to switch from a 30 year 6.99% loan to a 6.89% loan (Australia)

I have recently bought an apartment and have an outstanding loan for $200K. I looked around but the bank I presently bank with somewhat surprisingly offered me the best rate at 6.99% (discounted off ...
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My university has tranfered me money by mistake, and wants me to transfer it back

I am a PhD student. I have a scholarship, which pays out a stipend each fortnight -- it is not employment. Sometimes the university might transfer me money as reimbursement. Sometimes, separately to ...
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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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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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How do reserve banks influence home-loan interest rates?

On the First Tuesday of every month the board of the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) meets and sets the target for the cash rate. I understand that they are trying to adjust the amount of money ...
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Personal Contribution to Superannuation Plan

I am from Australia and have a question regarding retirement planning. I am trying to make a decision if I should start making after tax contributions to my Super to match my employer contribution. I ...
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I'm in Australia. What should I look for in an online stock broker, for trading mostly on the ASX?

I'm currently with ETrade, and just from doing a little research, I think they're a little expensive. They're about $25 a trade where as other places are $15. I was wondering, when finding an online ...
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Transfer money from US (“prepaid”) VISA Debit to AU bank account

I have a Citi prepaid VISA Debit card (these kind of cards) that has been issued in the US. I live in Australia, and would like to move money off of the card into my bank account. For reference, the ...
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How does the US Estate Tax affect an Australian with investments domiciled in the US?

The Australian Stock Exchange lists several popular Exchange Traded Funds that provided exposure to the US market (e.g. IVV and VTS). Some of these are CHESS Depositary Interests (CDIs), described in ...
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If banks offer a fixed rate lower than the variable rate, is that an indication interest rates may head down?

This is one of the major banks in Australia: http://www.anz.com/aus/RateFee/InterestRates/Rates.asp At present time, the variable rate is 7.80% but the fixed rate is 6.99% for one year. And it seems ...
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What are the tax implications of buying US stocks from Australia?

I am thinking about buying some blue-chip US shares. My rationale being that the Australian dollar is currently buying a lot of US dollars, so this is a way to directly invest in some large US ...
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I work in both Sweden and Australia - should I declare Australian based income overseas?

I am an Australian citizen working in both Sweden and Australia. I have been in Sweden for just over 3 years, my partner is Swedish. I travel to Australia regularly, at least twice a year, where I ...
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How can I purchase a car when no one will loan to me?

My wife's car recently broke down, and is in need of replacing. My own car is also on its last legs so we intended to purchase something new-ish (2015-2017 model) to get something a little more ...
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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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Deciding on whether to redraw from mortgage

I'm trying to work out whether or not there will be any benefit in redrawing from my mortgage to pay off my car loan. The idea is that if I pay off the loan, I can use the monthly car payments as ...
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Why is mortgage interest deductible in the USA for a house you live in?

In Australia, if you have a mortgage on the house you live in the interest and other expenses are not tax deductible, unless you rent out one or some of the rooms or run a business from your home, in ...
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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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If I go to a seminar held overseas, may I claim my flights on my tax return?

i am an IT contractor and I would like to go to a seminar overseas. I'm paying for this by myself, however, I believe it is related to what I do and could be classed as an educational expense. The ...
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Is the Australian property market currently (late 2010) in a bubble?

I've been told that the Australian property market is more than 45% over valued, I've also heard arguments that there are justifications for this such as: increased rate of immigration, shortage of ...
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What actions 'encumber' shares?

Reading through a shareholder agreement, I encountered the following section: Encumbering shares Subject to a special resolution of the shareholders to the contrary, no shareholder shall ...
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Working abroad in Australia, what is involved financially and administratively?

I've always dreamed of making it down to Australia to work, intentionally for the long term but would probably go for 1 year as a "trial" (or at least force myself to go that long) What would the ...
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Safety of keeping savings in a mortgage account

I have a mortgage account and a separate (yet linked) savings account with a certain Australian bank. This bank draws a minimum mortgage repayment from the savings account into the mortgage account ...
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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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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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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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Advantages of Shareholder over Director in new Company

I am forming a small company with a few others (in Australia). I can elect to be a director if I wish, or merely a shareholder. In either case, the shares will be evenly distributed between us. I ...
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Superannuation: When low risk options have higher return, what to do?

I have heard many times that if you are a young worker who still has many many years ahead of you before you retire, you should choose a relatively high risk/return investment option for your super, ...
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Is a public company allowed to issue new shares below market price without consulting shareholders?

A small public company I own shares in recently advised the market it has completed a share issue to raise money. The new shares were priced significantly below the current market price and there was ...