Populism and perish

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Populism is spreading rapidly and globally, and becoming more aggressive in its implementation and execution. It traverses national borders and can infiltrate all political affiliations. It represents a huge challenge for modern liberal democracies, as the risk of populism is severe political and economic disruption and stagnation. Much has been written on populism over the […]

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An open letter to Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison on behalf of the Australian small business community

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Dear Bill and ScoMo, With only a bit over a week to go until the Federal Election, I figured it was an opportune time to write to you both to highlight the issues that are keeping Australia’s small business owners up at night. Whichever of you is victorious at the May election will assume the […]

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Why Australia should cut the small business tax rate to 20%

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Australian small businesses are being ripped off by paying one of the highest company tax rates in the world, an international business coach says. While many countries have dramatically cut their corporate tax rates in recent years, the Federal Government continues to force Australian businesses to pay a top corporate tax rate of 30 per […]

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Proud to be an Adviser – Part five – Anne Graham

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I’ve always been proud to be an adviser, but it’s now more difficult than ever. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of my team and the work we do, but in general terms when I look back over the last 12-18 months there’s not been a lot to be proud of – on the surface […]

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Proud to be an Adviser – Part four – Adam McCarthy

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While it may sound clichéd, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job as a financial adviser is getting to hear and see, first-hand, the positive difference financial advice has made on my clients’ lives. Successful financial planning is about forming relationships built on trust. I genuinely care about helping my clients achieve both […]

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Statement from Brett Clark, TAL Group CEO and Managing Director

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“Community access to high quality financial advice plays an important role in supporting well-informed customers and the financial wellbeing of many Australian families.  “The sustainability of a financial advice channel that facilitates both choice and good consumer outcomes is critical.  TAL supports a model which delivers good consumer outcomes through a vibrant financial advice sector […]

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Proud to be an Adviser – Part three – Eugene Ardino

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Like everyone in the financial planning industry, I watched the Royal Commission with a mixture of dismay and incredulity. I am immensely proud of the industry and what it is seeking to do for all Australians. However, I have become increasingly concerned that the case studies of people being taken advantage of will prevent some […]

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Proud to be an Adviser – Part two – Tristan Barnes

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Becoming a financial adviser wasn’t an obvious career choice for me. In my younger years I gravitated towards jobs with a strong physical component. I had a stint in the army and also worked in the wine industry but, after meeting my wife in my mid-20s, I decided it was time to knuckle down and […]

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An open letter to business leaders

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Each year, I write to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of our clients, the majority of whom have decades-long horizons and are planning for retirement. As a fiduciary to these clients, who are the owners of your company, we advocate for practices that we believe will drive sustainable, long-term growth and profitability. […]

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Proud to be an Adviser – Part one – Jenny Brown

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I often get asked why I love being a financial adviser – well the answer is simple, I get to help our clients every day of the year.  Along with my awesome team we are able to make such a difference in the lives of our clients whether it be when we get to help […]

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