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Australian Superannuation - Yet more changes!

Superannuation Changes

We seem to have a Government as present which, when faced with a fork in the road always decides to take the "wrong one". Consequently, facing a Budget blow out of very significant proportions (too much spending and too little "mining tax" revenue") they decided to focus of the "Cookie Jar", which is every right minded politician's view of superannuation.

Sterling continues to weaken against Australian Dollar

Pound weakens against Australian dollar

Despite the AUD being at 4 month lows amongst most major currencies as this article is written, Sterling has continued it's poor performance against the Australian dollar into 2013 and is at nearly 30 year lows. The chart below shows monthly average exchange rates over the last 20 years - with the AUD continuing to trend well above the long-term "average" rate.

A Rollercoaster Ride

A rollercoaster ride for the Australian dolar and sharemarkets

Our last news blog focused on how to survive the high Australian dollar. That became a little less relevant this week when the international financial crises - and we do mean plural, because we're talking about the US and Europe - severely buffeted both the Australian dollar and the local sharemarket.

Is the Australian Government Expat Unfriendly?

Is the current Australian Government expat unfriendly?

Over three years ago the current Australian Federal Government decided to withdraw the tax exemption available under section 23AG of the Tax Act in relation to the income earned by Australian residents overseas, if they met certain conditions. It was a monumentally stupid thing to do, and that remains the case.

Importing your Car

Importing your car into Australia

Quite frankly, returning expatriates and migrants will find luxury new car prices in Australia both astounding, and depressing.

Smartphones and the cost of "Global Roaming"

Global roaming risks extortionate mobile phone data costs

Australia has one of the highest penetrations of smartphone users in the world and individuals going overseas risk extreme "budget shock" if they allow their phones to keep them automatically updated about the weather, news and sporting results, much less using them for web browsing, email and video viewing.

A Financial Checklist

A Financial Checklist for Australian Expatriates

This is not difficult. The checklist below is simply a summary of the things you need to consider or do if moving overseas from Australia on a long-term basis.

The Dollar Continues to Slide

Australian Dollar softens

The chart below, borrowed from our sister site Exfin,  looks at how the Australian dollar has performed against 4 major currencies - the USD, GBP, Euro and JPY - over the past two months to the end of July, 2013.

Buying foreign property

Australians buying overseas property

Some signs are appearing that the apparently never-ending financial crisis in Europe is coming to an end - indeed, the UK is currently experiencing a significant turnaround.

Australian Education Survey 2013

How well does Australian schooling rate?

The results of the OECD's first international survey of adult skills shows that Australian adults perform very well compared to other developed countries when it comes to literacy skills, but when it comes to numeracy the performance is only average.