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Can I make PayPal release pending balance on personal payment sooner than 30 days?

My uncle and my brother sent me some money over paypal recently, but it says I have to wait 30 days to receive it. It was made as personal payment. Is there any way to get that money any faster? I ...
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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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Lending to SMSF

I have owner occupied/investment property. I have $2M loan on my property, and $2M sitting on my offset account, therefore paying no interest. Can I use my cash in the offset to lend to my SMSF to ...
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How do I bring money overseas?

I am Australian and am going to Malaysia in a few weeks. Now obviously I would like to bring some money with me so I can buy things like food and the such. What would be the best way to go about ...
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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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Which loan should I offset?

Imagine I have two loans, one is 300k and the other is 50k. I also have an offset account with 35k in it. All income is going in to the offset account and so it should rise rapidly. If i offset the ...
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How is negative gearing a good thing?

In Australia investors buy investment properties that are negatively geared to save tax. A lot of articles on property investment say that one of the cons of having a positively geared property is you ...
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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 happens when they run out of letters?

All the companies on the stock market are represented by three characters. Assuming 26 letters and 10 numbers, this results in 46656 possible combinations (unless my math is wrong), which is a lot ...
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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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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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Has NAB CEO taken up his entitlements of new shares early this year?

Does anyone know whether the NAB CEO Andrew Thorburn has taken up all his entitlements for the new shares (i.e., increasing the amount of NAB shares he owns) during the capital raising early this year?...
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Investing Superannuation Australia

I am 31 and have just consolidated all my super funds in to my current provider. I have about $70,000 all up and it is getting topped up by about $10,000 pa. I feel like I should start managing this (...
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Tax deduct rental property expenses in future

I'm an australian doing postgrad in australia, and my current government awarded income is tax-exempted. I would like to know if in a couple of years when I start working, I can tax-deduct the ...
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Australian retirement (super) for permanent residents leaving Australia permanently

I am an Australian permanent resident. I am considering leaving Australia permanently. Under Australian immigration laws, I would eventually no longer be an Australian permanent resident. I am ...
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Austrailian tax resident earning salary in the UK - how much tax do I pay on foreign income?

I'm British citizen now living in Austraila (NSW) and am classed as a Australian tax resident. I have a full time (remote) job for a UK company who pay my salary into my UK bank account. I pay no UK ...
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Is there a cheaper way to get money from a Chinese bank account to an Australian bank account than using the bank's SWIFT service?

My friend has arrived in Australia from China to stay for a year on a working holiday visa. He wants to transfer some of his money from his Chinese bank. If it makes a difference, on the China side ...
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What to consider when loaning parents $50k to pay off investment property

I am looking for the potential pitfalls I could be about to fall in, and ways to mitigate them. I live in Australia. My fiancee and I have roughly $100k in savings, which we want to use to buy a ...
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How do I best time my currency conversions between Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain?

I have over AU$20,000 in savings in an Australian bank account, currently earning me 1.75%. I am now living in NZ where my savings account earns 3.75%. In about a year I will be transferring the ...
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Superannuation drawdown for non-resident

I'm an Australia citizen but not a resident. I worked there for ~10 years and have a considerable amount of money in my (compulsory) superannuation account. It's consolidated and relatively low fee, ...
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What is the psychology behind the Dead Cat Bounce Pattern and how can it be traded?

With the turmoil that hit most markets in the last two weeks followed by a small recovery late last week, are we seeing a classical Dead Cat Bounce appear infront of our eyes? Looking at the charts ...
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How can I get more interest than the 2.8% my bank is offering me on my $60,000 AUD? [closed]

I have recently been given a $60,000 AUD for the deposit on a house. I have since discovered that I am not earning enough to get a good enough mortgate. I think if I wait a couple of years I'll be ...
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Are Australian mutual fund fees large compared to US?

I've lived in the US and have mutual funds through vanguard where the management fee is around 0.2% (see link). I've moved to Australia, and I'm looking at fees of almost 1% (see link). Why is this? ...
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Beginning investment

I'm 24, live in Australia, married (no kids) and renting. My wife studies and works a well paying, flexible job. I work in an unskilled government job that pulls in $50k-$60k per year. Currently we ...
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Credit card company forgot to reflect a returned payment in my balance. It only showed up after I closed the account. Am I obligated to pay?

I made a payment about 9 months ago to pay off the balance of my credit card. For some reason the payment never went through. I didn't notice. The credit card company also didn't notice that the funds ...
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Taxable income on full-time job + business earnings

If I have a full-time job and a business on the side, will the full-time work and the business both contribute to the total taxable income or will only the business contribute. i.e. If business is ...
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How much time does one have to pay an invoice in Australia?

How long, legally, does one have, to pay an invoice? I have done extensive research on this, and there are too many contradictions on the Internet and a lot of it seems, to me, to be hearsay. I cannot ...
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I was paying my tenants' water usage without realising - how to recoup the money?

I live in Australia. I had some tenants living in my investment property for approximately 18 months (they moved out a few months ago). I have since sold the property and settlement is in a month. I ...
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Australian Tax Rates for overseas residents?

I am an Australian living in Turkey. My old boss in Australia wants me to do some policy work for him. What's the tax issues if I do it?
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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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Current salary plans - criticisms and suggestions for improvements for a 21 year old

Hi everyone. I am 21 years old, working full time for the government as a Web Developer, and I'm looking to make the smartest decisions for my money. Assuming I get $2100 per fortnight, my planned ...
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Is Superannuation fund held in Australia, taxed in India for Australian national residing in India?

If a person is an Australian national, residing in India (OCI) for past 3-4 years. Has a Superannuation Fund in Australia (Equivalent of a PF in India). This Super Fund was created when the person ...
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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 ...
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If I have form a partnership which has done nothing but lose money, do I need to declare anything on my Tax?

I formed a partnership 6 month ago, with a ABN and a registered bussiness name. It is a very small affair, it has less than $1000 capital in total (across all partners). So far it has just lost money,...
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I plan to buy a car soon and I have the cash. Should I use my credit cards to pay for them?

I have enough cash to pay off a car I'm planning to buy. However, instead of using cash on a debit card, I thought of using my credit cards instead so I can earn points on them. Are there any ...
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Where can you find dividends for Australian Stock Market Shares (ASX) for more than 2 years of data? [closed]

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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Deposit a cheque in an alternative name into a personal bank account (Australia)

I'd like to be able to deposit cheques payable to a business name into my personal bank account. I do not have a company (Pty Ltd) and at this stage it's probably more trouble than it's worth to set ...
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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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How do I determine the performance of my retirement fund with regular monthly contributions?

My retirement fund [Australian Superannuation fund] can be checked at any time. The fund invests in shares, which can go up - or down. Money is going IN regularly [monthly]. At any given time, how do ...
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Australian stocks - any dividend tax or capital gains tax?

Can someone please provide some information on this? I would like to invest in Australian companies and want to know about the tax rates. Am a foreigner who is non-resident.
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How do I work out which part time arrangement is better financially?

Next year my boy is going into child care and my wife is returning to work. We plan to put him in child care for three days a week and two days a week stay at home. I'm currently trying to figure ...
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Where is a useful comparison of Australian Superannuation schemes? [closed]

I'm a New Zealander that has previously worked in Australia long enough to have some superannuation there, but the political agreements that NZ has with Australia don't currently let me take my ...
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What do the points in a stock market index epresent?

For instance after the GFC, the ASX All Ords fell to about 3200. It last closed at 5777.2 (http://www.asx.com.au/) But what do these points actually mean in terms of what they represent?
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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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If I make a loss in trading stocks, can I state it as a loss of investment in the tax refunds?

I was wondering if I could turn around my losses (a little bit) to help with my tax refunds. If I have negative total profit from trading stocks/investments, will it help increase my tax refunds? I'...
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What are the running costs of owning a car, aside from fuel?

I'm getting a car later this year and saving up for it currently. However, as a first time car owner, I am not aware of the running costs of owning a car. Aside from fuel, what are the things that I ...
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Australian superannuation - simple index fund investments with low fees [closed]

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 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 ...