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Would You Borrow a Million Dollars?

April 20, 2017 | Marisa Hoffenberg

Recently I caught myself on the brink of doing just that – borrowing a million dollars to purchase an asset that had gone up 90% over the last four years! As I put my hand up to make just one higher bid the words ‘irrational exuberance’ pulled me back. Whether I will thank my sense […]



Business Structures – Superannuation Funds

April 19, 2017 | Katherine Hawes

The last decade has seen a massive growth in Australian individuals and families opting to manage their own Superannuation retirement savings.  The self-management and growth of retirement savings is in the form of a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF).  APRA reported that SMSF assets at the end of March 2016, was $589.9 billion.  This is almost […]



Are You a Sports Car Stuck in Traffic?

March 29, 2017 | Marisa Hoffenberg

Of course, we no longer openly set new year’s resolutions (the new year’s fairy does not bring along miraculous transformations and this is a pointless exercise doomed to failure). But admit it, you have set subconscious resolutions – you have work goals, relationship goals, an image of the desired bikini body and of course financial […]



The Late Payment Culture in Australia is a Boon for Invoice Finance Companies

February 28, 2017 | Guest Blogger

Business conditions in Australia have surged in recent weeks and a reprieve from a hike in interest rates seems likely, at least in the short-term. The ASX 200 has risen and data from a national survey carried out by the National Australia Bank shows that business confidence is now 10, which is the highest it […]



How are Australian Businesses Reacting to Current Consumer Spending Trends?

February 23, 2017 | Guest Blogger

If there was one economy that has appeared to be recession-proof during the last two decades, it is Australia. After all, this nation has remained impervious to a number of global economic contractions during this time, most notably in 2008 when the rest of the world crumbled under the weight of the so-called, Great Recession.  […]



Check Your Financial Health in Just 5 Minutes

January 19, 2017 | Marisa Hoffenberg

While we regularly check our skin for wrinkles, spots and stray hairs and our body for every bump or wobble – our finances go largely unchecked. Yes, we look at monthly inflows and outflows, but not the larger picture. As our finances do not stare back at us in the mirror everyday, they are pretty […]



Bank Said No – 2017 Australian Funding Alternatives for Start Ups

December 15, 2016 | Guest Blogger

If you’ve just been turned down by your bank for a small business loan, don’t despair. Actually, you’re in very good company – big banks are notoriously risk-averse, around 20% of Australian businesses fail due to under capitalisation and 89% of small business owners believe that business finance is difficult to access. There are many […]



Franchising Expos: The Due Diligence and Opportunities – First Steps

November 2, 2016 | Simone Pentis

A few months ago I participated within a Franchising Expo where I came face to face with numerous members of the public looking to either become a franchisor by franchising their existing business or instead make a purchase direct from a franchisor and/or one of their franchisees to become apart of their franchise network. Franchising […]



Overpriced Insurance In Cheap Packaging

September 15, 2016 | Marisa Hoffenberg

If I want to buy something, I go online. It’s easier, cheaper and the same product. And believe me I have experience in this area – an entire shoe cupboard which is testament to my savvy online shopping. So if everyone takes it for granted that online is cheaper, couldn’t a company just put up […]



3 Things Successful Investors Do In Volatile Times

August 18, 2016 | Marisa Hoffenberg

One would be forgiven for fearing the turmoil of the world. With the news awash with suicide bomb attacks; trucks that plough into innocent pedestrians and the political world resembling teenage pop concert. Leaders have come and left the stage, firing up audiences with wild statements and leaving with wardrobe malfunctions. Of course, the share […]