Depreciation and Capital Gains Tax

There are plenty of quandaries swirling around the zeitgeist which confound me. For example, what university course should I take to become a millionaire ‘influencer’? Also, why wasn’t our national anthem composed by a sweat-drenched, pub-rock band from Adelaide? Big questions that someone else will have to resolve I’m afraid. However, there is a line…

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Oh, the swings and roundabouts of pandemic property investment! That sounds like the title track of a Gilbert and Sullivan production. It conjures up images of barely-in-control players swinging each other about the stage while traversing vocal gymnastics of the highest calibre. Property markets have been riding a similar emotional rollercoaster. We’ve gone from famine…

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Cost of Investing

Property investment has achieved an almost religious following among a large swathe of the country’s population – zealous in their devotion to building portfolios. It’s understandable of course. For starters, home ownership is so deeply ingrained in our nation’s psyche that we’ve classed it as ‘The Great Australia Dream’… and this appeal has flowed into…

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turning negative investments into positives

Sometime investors are too quick to judge whether a holding is ‘successful’ and end up making the wrong decision about whether to hold or sell. Now, I admit I’m not immune to the occasional bad decision. More than once I’ve reflected on what possessed me as a 20-something to make dubious shirt selections for those…

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Cause and effect is a well know law of relationships. In 2020, there was an almighty cause, which brought an incredibly response across political and social landscapes. But another lesser-known law is, “If you’re going to throw a party you’ve got to expect a little damage.” In other words, things implemented to bring about one…

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Profound predictions, bold statements and audacious utterings are not something normally associated with the button-down persona of quantity surveyors. But I’m about to buck the trend. Perhaps I’ve been I’m emboldened by this year of challenge. Maybe I’ve gone lockdown stir crazy. Possibly, it’s just the end of the year and it’s time to pop…

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