Positive gearing is the opposite of negative gearing. It is jargon for borrowing to buy an investment where the expected assessable income is more than the expected deductible interest cost (and other costs). Income is greater than expenses, and your assessable income increases accordingly. In the context of housing, if you borrow the full purchase price, … Continue Reading

Buying a family home is a unique purchase. While the fundamental elements of demand and supply will impact on the economic performance of a home, how much a person enjoys living in a home will vary according to their personal preferences. So, how do people determine their personal preferences? There are three common variables: location, features and … Continue Reading

As any business owner knows, there are ways to express the cost of anything: before tax and after tax. And as any successful business owner knows, it is the after-tax cost that needs to be minimised. This is especially important when it comes to the interest you pay on your debt. Minimizing the real after … Continue Reading

Financial planners divide debt into two types: deductible debt and non-deductible debt. Deductible debt lets the borrower claim a tax deduction for the interest incurred on the debt. Non-deductible debt does not. Whether interest is deductible or not can have a massive impact on how expensive that debt actually is. When interest is not deductible, … Continue Reading

So you have a mortgage and would like to pay it off as soon possible. Here are some of our tips to get you started on the journey of debt-free-ness Understand the difference between the minimum repayments, your actual repayments and the interest cost Many people seem to confuse the repayment amount to the actual … Continue Reading