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Friday 10th July 2020

Virus surge saps investor sentiment

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global equity markets fell this week on continued concerns regarding rising virus cases and potential further lockdown measures.

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Friday 3rd July 2020

Investors buoyed by better economic data

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global equity markets moved higher this week on stronger than expected economic data globally, with US jobs numbers and European and Chinese manufacturing data all coming in above economist expectations.

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Friday 26th June 2020

Investors nervous as easing of virus restrictions halted

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global stock markets fell this week as some countries were forced to halt reopening plans whilst others were re-imposing some restrictions.

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Friday 19th June 2020

Market rise stalled by rising virus cases

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global equity markets rose strongly early in the week before trending sideways on rising virus numbers in the US and China.

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Friday 12th June 2020

Markets fall on 2nd wave concerns

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global equity markets fell this week following downbeat comments and forecasts from the US central bank and rising concerns regarding a virus second wave as reopening continues.

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Friday 5th June 2020

Australian Market Rallies as Covid Cases Decline

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global equity markets pushed higher this week, almost completely ignoring increased US/China tensions and an America on fire.

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Tuesday 26th May 2020

Maxim Virtual Economic Breakfast - May 2020

Written by Chris Sneddon

Maxim Director, Chris Sneddon, recently chatted with CEO of Police Bank Greg McKenna and former Newcastle Permanent & Aussie Home Loans CEO Stephen Porges. 

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Thursday 21st May 2020

Maxim Investment Market Updates

Written by Matt Haggarty

Maxim is bringing you specialist commentary on a regular basis from leading fund managers who have input to client portfolios. Keep an eye on our website and socials for more updates.

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Thursday 21st May 2020

Market sentiment improves on hopes for a vaccine

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global shares inched higher this week, getting some support from hopes of a vaccine and more economies opening back up.

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Monday 18th May 2020

Your Personal Finances with Scott Norrish

Written by Scott Norrish

Scott recently partnered with The Travel Hub Industry to discuss managing your personal finances in the current economic environment. 

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Thursday 14th May 2020

Investor sentiment sours on poor economic data

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global equity markets fell this week as poor economic data overwhelmed investor sentiment, which was also hit by concerns regarding rising virus infection rates on some countries re-opening.

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Wednesday 13th May 2020

NSW Land Tax Relief

Written by Cassandra Sharp

Following the NSW Government announcement of land tax relief for commercial and residential landowners they have now opened the application process.

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Friday 8th May 2020

Equity markets higher on reopening plans

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global equity markets rose this week, with investors buoyed by hopes of economies reopening.

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Friday 1st May 2020

ASX posts its best month in 32 years

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global share prices moved higher this week, with investors buoyed by additional central bank stimulus and positive results from a drug trial treatment for the virus.

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Friday 24th April 2020

Investors Take a Back Seat as Economic Fears Hit Home

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global equity markets fell this week as concerns regarding the economic contraction began to be felt.

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Thursday 23rd April 2020

ATO announces blanket lodgement deferrals

Written by Cassandra Sharp

The Australian Taxation Office has announced blanket lodgement deferrals for the 2018-19 tax year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Monday 20th April 2020

Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant for up to $10,000

Written by Cassandra Sharp

The State Government has introduced small business COVID-19 support grant for small business that have experienced a significant decline in revenue as a result of COVID-19. You may be eligible for the small business support grant of up to $10,000.

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Friday 17th April 2020

Markets buoyed by re-opening plans

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global equity markets moved higher this week, buoyed by comments from leaders around the world regarding gradual re-opening plans and dates.

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Wednesday 15th April 2020

It's time to prepare your business to receive the JobKeeper Payments

Written by Scott Norrish

By now every business owner and employee in the country will have heard something about the JobKeeper stimulus announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg just over a fortnight ago, with entitlements for payments of $1,500 per employee, to be provided as subsidies for eligible businesses commencing effectively 30 March 2020.

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Thursday 9th April 2020

JobKeeper Update

Written by Scott Brooks

While the legislation was passed overnight, there is still not much clarification over the mechanics of the JobKeeper payment. 

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Wednesday 8th April 2020

Webinar: Financial strategies for your business during the COVID-19 pandemic

Written by Scott Norrish

Maxim CEO, Scott Norrish, in collaboration with The Travel Industry Hub, have hosted a Webinar discussing the issues currently affecting businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Friday 3rd April 2020

Extraordinary Stimulus Continues As Virus Worsens in the US

Written by Chris Lioutas

Global equity markets fell this week whilst the Australian equity market was slightly higher at time of writing.

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Wednesday 1st April 2020

COVID-19 Information and Resource Support

Written by Maxim

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented, and will continue to present, unprecedented challenges for businesses and individuals alike.

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Monday 30th March 2020

Covid-19 Update - Federal Government Third Stimulus - 4:40PM 30 March

Written by Scott Norrish

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the third round of Federal government stimulus measures, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Friday 27th March 2020

Fiscal and Monetary Stimulus Buoys Investor Hopes

Written by Chris Lioutas

Local and global equity markets finished higher for the week, at time of writing, with sentiment boosted by significant central bank and government stimulus.

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Sunday 22nd March 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: Federal Goverment Second Stimulus

Written by Scott Norrish

Earlier today (Sunday 22nd March 2020), Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a second round of Federal government stimulus measures, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Friday 20th March 2020

Covid-19 Central Bank Policy Response

Written by Chris Lioutas

Some of you may have seen or heard of the recent policy action from central banks around the world in response to the significant economic and market impact caused by the response to control the spread of the virus.

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Tuesday 17th March 2020

COVID-19 - Support for You and Your Business in These Tough Time

Written by Scott Norrish

Like you, we have been closely following the events of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it continues to disrupt health systems, economies and financial markets across the globe. 

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Friday 13th March 2020

Economic Stimulus Package

Written by Scott Norrish

In the wake of the current economic environment, the Australian Government has announced a $17.6 billion economic plan to assist the Australian economy, part of which will be allocated to support small to medium sized businesses.

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Thursday 12th March 2020

Market Update - 13 March 2020

Written by Chris Lioutas

No doubt many of you would’ve seen the large falls in equity markets over the last couple of days. Today will be no different, given the large falls we saw overnight in global equity markets.

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Monday 2nd December 2019

2020 Vision

Written by Steve Roxby

Are you clear on where your business is headed? As we approach year 2020, it is a great opportunity to consider what you really want for you and your business.  

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Thursday 21st November 2019

Maxim Economic Breakfast with Philip Gardner

Written by Maxim

We invite you to attend our upcoming breakfast with guest speakers, Wests Group and Newcastle Knights CEO, Philip Gardner and Maxim's resident economist, Greg McKenna.  

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Wednesday 25th September 2019

Why is succession planning so important?

Written by Steve Roxby

We don’t always get the chance to decide exactly when we leave our business. It may come as a result of sickness, illness, a relationship break-down, or many other reasons. If we don’t have a plan we may need to make one on the fly, or worse still, be dictated by someone else making one for us.

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Wednesday 18th September 2019

5 steps to not only survive, but thrive!

Written by Steve Roxby

One of the best pieces of advice I have received is “If nothing changes, nothing changes”. If businesses become complacent and just continue to do what they did yesterday, it is only a matter of time before they lose their competitive edge, technology takes over, or they just simply become complacent.

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Monday 2nd September 2019

Maxim Events

Written by Maxim

Maxim prides itself on delivering quality information and events to our clients. We have created a significant network of like-minded people including our clients, referral partners and prominent individuals in the Newcastle area with which is valued amongst those involved. 

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Thursday 22nd August 2019

Every business owner needs to know - the difference between profit and cash

Written by Chris Sneddon

If I had collected “2 bob” from every good customer who has posed the question; “where has my profit gone?” …well, I’d have quite a few extra dollars.

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Friday 28th June 2019

Maxim Economic Insights - June 2019

Written by Greg McKenna

In the space of a few months Australia’s financial regulators – APRA and the RBA – have reacted aggressively to the economic slowdown and housing market falls which were threatening to derail Australia’s almost three decade run of economic growth without recession. 

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Thursday 23rd May 2019

5 ways to make your life more simple!

Written by Chris Sneddon

If managing life’s everyday complexities only seem achievable when you’re daydreaming about the chef, cleaner, personal assistant or nanny that you don’t have, you’re probably not alone.

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Thursday 9th May 2019

Total & permanent disability insurance

Written by Matt Haggarty

Total & permanent disability insurance provides cover if you (as the name suggests) become permanently disabled from a serious accident or illness. Like life insurance, TPD cover pays out as a lump sum & can be held either personally or through your superannuation. Life & TPD insurance are generally provided together within superannuation funds by default, however like these covers may be smaller than required amounts that decrease with age.

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Thursday 25th April 2019

Aliferous (Alfie) - Our girl with wings

Written by Chris Sneddon

The Maxim team is currently racing a 3-year-old thoroughbred called Aliferous, affectionately named “Alfie” in the office.

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Friday 12th April 2019

Maxim Economic Breakfast

Written by Maxim

We invite you to attend our upcoming economic breakfast with guest speakers, Tony Brasier of PRDnationwide and Maxim's resident economist, Greg McKenna. 

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Thursday 11th April 2019

The importance of scale

Written by Chris Sneddon

Businesses that do not grow their revenues to achieve the appropriate “scale” will always struggle to provide the appropriate financial return to the business owner to reward the inherent risk of business.

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Thursday 28th March 2019

Tax planning: Being proactive will save you

Written by Steve Roxby

Have you done your homework? For those clients who've already had your 2018 tax planning meeting, or who are currently meeting your Maxim advisor, this is the time to refresh on those action plans. What do you need to do before 30 June, to lock in those tax savings?

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Thursday 14th March 2019

An interesting week for financials

Written by Chris Sneddon

Normally the most important dates in the financial calendar for investors are the releases of their six-monthly profit results in February and August, but for most shareholders in Australian companies, the most important date for 2019 was not the announcement of their annual earnings this morning, but rather the release of the Hayne Report on Monday afternoon.

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Thursday 28th February 2019

Life insurance

Written by Matt Haggarty

As the old saying goes, there are two certainties in life: death & taxes. If these things are certainties of life it makes sense that every person should have two things: a good accountant & life insurance. If you are reading this currently, odds are you already have a great accountant but what is less certain is you having the correct amount of life insurance.

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Thursday 14th February 2019

Don't risk losing your money machine

Written by Matt Haggarty

Imagine a scenario where you went to the store and came across a machine that was able to produce income worth tens of thousands of dollars for 50+ years, how much do you think something like that would cost?

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Thursday 24th January 2019

Success is what you make it!

Written by Steve Roxby

Being a business owner is not easy and, in most cases, can be quite lonely. If you are a relatively new business owner you may be asking yourself, am I doing this right? What can I do better?

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Thursday 10th January 2019

Staff first, customers second, shareholders third

Written by Steve Roxby

Sir Richard Branson lives by the credo of “Put your staff first, your customers second and your shareholders third.” Like everything Branson, an interesting proposition, but what, how and when?

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Thursday 13th December 2018

Cybercrime

Cyber Threats come in all varieties – and no two ever attack your business from the same angle or in the same way. Threats can occur directly from the outside, while others may have some insider help.

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Thursday 6th December 2018

Maxim presents Matt Hall

Written by Maxim

Maxim presents Matt Hall from Matt Hall Racing 

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Thursday 29th November 2018

Key business lessons learned from the Smithink 'Young Guns' workshop

Written by Scott Brooks

Earlier in the year, I was given the opportunity to speak at the Smithink Young Guns Workshop, a two-day conference for young(ish) accounting professionals held at the Hilton, Surfers Paradise

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Thursday 15th November 2018

Is mine as big as yours?

It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others. How we look, what we own, and how successful we are. The same applies to business.

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Thursday 25th October 2018

Common frustrations in business - Part 1

Written by Steve Roxby

The question I often ask business owners is…. Do you have any frustrations in business? Let’s explore this a little more and look at what actions can be taken to reduce any frustrations.

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Thursday 11th October 2018

Common frustrations in business - Part 2

Written by Steve Roxby

In Part 1, I mentioned two of the four common frustrations in business, namely cashflow and staff. The other two common frustrations I hear are ‘How do I grow my business’, and ‘Work/life balance’.

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