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Spring 2017

Spring is finally here and it’s not just nature showing signs of growth; the Australian economy is also bearing fruit. Most of the top 200 ASX-listed companies have now announced their results for the 2017 financial year and the overall report card is good. According to CommSec, 90 per cent of

August Snapshot

Housing affordability continues to be a major concern in Australia and not just for would-be first home buyers. It also affects pre-retirees forced to work longer to repay bigger mortgages and older Australians unable to downsize from large family homes due to a lack of affordable options. The latest 2016 Census

AUTUMN NEWS

It’s almost a decade since the global financial crisis created havoc in financial markets. While the global economy continues to show signs of recovery, political uncertainty in Europe and the United States is creating fresh confusion on global markets as investors wait to see how current events play out. It started

Winter 2017

As the days get shorter and we settle into the cooler months, the political heat is subsiding after the Federal Budget. The Budget provided an annual snapshot of the state of Australia’s economy: Treasurer Scott Morrison forecast a budget deficit of $37.6 billion this financial year, dropping to a deficit

Getting the Right Balance

Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget of the Coalition’s second term in office marked a significant shift in tone from the tough stance of its three previous budgets. Gone is the mantra of debt and deficit. Instead the Treasurer has balanced the government’s resolve to live within its means with promises

AUTUMN UPDATE

Australia, take a bow. We are on the brink of overtaking the Netherlands’ record for the longest period without a recession and very close to pulling off an even greater feat. Not only have we survived the end of an extraordinary mining boom without going bust, but the economy is

Autumn 2017

Autumn has arrived after a flurry of economic data on the home front during February. The company reporting season for the six months to December was extremely positive overall, confirming that corporate Australia is in good shape. CommSec’s survey of results from the ASX top 200 companies showed 94 per cent

Pension Assets Test

Changes to the pension assets test that came into force on January 1 have resulted in some retirees losing some, or all, of their pension entitlements. The big question now is whether the tighter assets test will encourage people to change the way they plan and behave in the years leading

Happy New Year

Here at Dominion we truly hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year festive times and we look forward to working closely with you throughout 2017. If 2016 taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected. Britain’s vote to exit the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as the next

Summer 2016

Summer’s here and the countdown to Christmas begins in earnest. After such an eventful year on the global political and economic front, investors will no doubt be looking forward to some time out to relax with family and friends. Donald Trump’s election to the US Presidency ushers in a period of