How the Economic Machine Really Works

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MY BACKGROUND TRAINING is as an economist. And yet, trying to explain such things in an easy-to-understand way can often prove rather difficult.

Australia has been more fortunate than most countries emerging from the GFC. And yet, there seems to be a certain complacency regarding our economic well-being.

And that’s probably because there is now an entire generation who have never really had to face “tough times”. As such, they have paid little attention to how the economy as a whole actually works.

However, I came across this excellent video by Ray Dalio – who is the billionaire founder and CEO of probably the world’s biggest hedge fund firm … Bridgewater Associates.


As a dedicated student of history, Ray provides you with a simple template – which is summarised in his video above.

Given what he has managed to achieve, I thought it was something you might care to watch – if nothing else to confirm your own present understanding of how everything works.

And just make sure you watch right to the end – because you will find Ray Dalio leaves you with 3 Rules of Thumb to operate by.

Best wishes …

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Accounting Tips for Commercial Property

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AS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY investors, managing your finances can be one of the most important aspects of ownership. No matter how many buildings you own, you still have to run your business and finances accordingly. [Read more…]

Why Shopping Centre Owners Should Try on Depreciation for Size

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THE FACE OF RETAIL has changed dramatically in recent years.

With the rise of online shopping, the arrival of international brands, climbing rents and challenging economic conditions … some shopping centres (and retail landlords) have started to feel the pinch as these factors affect their bottom line. [Read more…]

Is Retail Disruption Feeding An Industrial Surge?

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IN THEIR LAST article, BMT Tax Depreciation took a look at the attractive tax benefits available for you, as an industrial property investor.

However, let’s explore a little further the disruptive influence of Amazon and eBay upon retailers. And how that is having a growing impact on industrial property. [Read more…]

You Can Turn Your Mortgage into an Asset

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DO YOU VIEW your mortgages as liabilities or assets? The way you look at it can actually determine your financial success.

People often think that debt is bad and you should repay your loan as soon as possible. However, the truth is, some debt is good if used to own appreciating assets. [Read more…]

The Future for Retail Investment Property

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OVER THE PAST few years, you will have observed my caution towards purchasing retail property as a worthwhile investment. This is basically been the case since the global financial crisis – when consumers began tightening their belts. [Read more…]

Income Tax Deductions for Commercial Properties

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ARE YOU LOOKING to buy a commercial property? If so, remember that you may be entitled to significant income tax deductions.

You can (and should) claim deductions for the various outlays you incur. Therefore, when you purchase a commercial property such as an office, factory or shop … don’t forget to maintained records right from the very start. [Read more…]

More Vital Accounting Tips For Commercial Property

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AS COMMERCIAL PROPRTY investors, managing finances can be one of the most important aspects of ownership. No matter how many buildings you own, you still have to run your business and finances accordingly. [Read more…]

You Need to Look Behind The Economic Data

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A NUMBER of journalists and economic pundits seem to have been focussing solely upon the latest GDP figures.

However, the recent NAB monthly business survey appears to contradict concerns about the shaky household consumption sector – where the main concerns seem to relate to past issues.

Mainly things like … the end of the mining boom, resulting in a collapse of wage growth. [Read more…]

Commercial Loans With No Financials – Is It Possible?

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TRADITIONALLY, for any business or commercial loan, most lenders will require at least two year’s past tax returns and financials to establish servicing capacity.

For some borrowers, this is either not desirable or not possible. And so, here is a summary of several loans that could be available for such a borrower; plus how those loans may also apply to you, as a commercial investor. [Read more…]

4 Tax Tips for Commercial Property Investors

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AS THE END of the financial year approaches, commercial property players should know their tax implications – especially first-time commercial property investors, who need to be aware of the key differences for owners and tenants. [Read more…]