Michael O'Hara

Michael O'Hara is a Financial Planner operating out of a boutique advisory service in Perth, Western Australia.

A Christmas Greeting

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It’s been a tumultuous year in the world of money, and 2015 looks to be just as interesting. Thank you for reading my blog, and a big thank you to those who have commented or contacted me with suggestions, ideas or to share thoughts. Next year promises to be a big one, so i would…

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Financial planners and life insurance

financial planners and life insurance Peter Kell ASIC Deputy Chairman
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Financial planners and life insurance have been in the headlines recently. It’s a strange development, for a variety of reasons that i will cover later in this post. For the moment however, let’s just say that the current debate is highly superficial, and there’s a need for greater clarity – so read on! Financial planners…

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Medibank float

medibank float
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The Medibank float is likely to be the largest and most keenly sought-after Australian Stock Exchange (“ASX”) retail float for a very long time.The high level of interest is a reflection of many issues – some valid and some not so valid from an objective investor point of view. In this post, i muse on…

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Retiring Age in Australia

Retiring age in Australia
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In my role as a financial planner i am often asked questions about the retiring age in Australia. There is no simple answer – the age differs according to where your focus is – superannuation, tax or government age pension income support. Here’s a quick look at different versions of the retiring age in Australia.

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Interest rate jitters

losing sleep over interest rate jitters
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What keeps this financial planner awake at night? Currently, it’s thoughts about “the anchoring fallacy” and the impact it can have on money and plans for the future.

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Pension Deeming after 1 January 2015

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D-Day for pensioners is approaching With important new deeming rules coming into effect on 1 January 2015, now is the time to review your superannuation and pension arrangements to ensure you don’t miss out on valuable Social Security entitlements.  Pension deeming after 1 January 2015 will change Account based pensions have generally been given favourable…

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Federal Budget Shenanigans

Federal Budget Shenanigans
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Like a circus sideshow, the May budget has found its way back into our backyards. Yes folks, it’s time for more Federal Budget Shenanigans in Australia! As a financial planner, i find the announcements and discussion surrounding Federal Budgets highly amusing, as nearly every possible form of financial fudging is on display. Rather than discuss…

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Talking money in a new relationship

Money and relationships
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“Darling, it’s time we talked about money…” In my financial planning experiences, talking about money early in a relationship is incredibly important. Even more important is making sure you talk about money honestly and openly. When a couple start working on a budget, one of the last areas usually tackled is their differing attitudes to…

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