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FEDERAL BUDGET 2020: GEORGE MARKOSKI FROM POSITIVE PROPERTY WEIGHS IN ON HOW IT WILL IMPACT PROPERTY

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GEORGE MARKOSKI FROM POSITIVE PROPERTY WEIGHS

On Tuesday the Treasurer released a historic Federal Budget designed to lift the economy out of the doldrums. 

A number of job creation and wage subsidy measures in the budget should George Markoski help rapidly reduce our unemployment rate especially amongst our youngest workers who have been hit hardest during the pandemic. 

After coming within a whisker of balancing the budget at the end of 2019, the Treasurer revealed the budget deficit is now projected to blow out to $213.7 billion this financial year, or 11 percent of GDP, the biggest deficit in 75 years. The figures are eye-watering, but the Government is determined to do what it takes to keep Australians in jobs and grow our way out of recession.

While the net debt position of $1 trillion is a bit of a shock, there is no question that the government had to do something fiscally significant to kickstart our economy. 

This is a real restart of the economy. Yes, it will take 10+ years to pay it back, but with the Government borrowing at interest rates less than 1% for 10 years, if there was ever a time to borrow to not just stimulate the economy, but create valuable assets, then now is the time. 

Touted as one of the most significant Federal Budgets since the Great Depression, and the first since the economic devastation sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the next phase of the journey is to secure Australia’s future. 

The 2020 Federal Budget includes hundreds of billions of dollars of economic stimulus measures, the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

Key highlights at a glance

Taxes

  • More than 11 million Australians will receive tax cuts with a permanent cut of $47 a week for high-income earners.
  • Middle-income earners will also receive a one-off $21 with extension of the low and middle-income tax offset into 2020-21.
  • From 2020-21, the upper limit of the 19% personal income tax bracket will rise to $45,000 and the 32.5% marginal tax rate upper threshold will lift from $90,000 to $120,000.

Jobs

  • The Morrison government will pay businesses up to $200 per week to hire young Australians as part of a $4bn budget measure that aims to reverse an increase in youth unemployment during the recession.
  • The new incentive will target firms that employ young workers who had previously been receiving Jobseeker.
  • It follows Sunday’s announcement of expanded training subsidies, with the government pledging to cover half the wages of 100,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships.

Welfare

  • The government has announced two additional economic support payments of $250 to pensioners and other eligible recipients, worth $2.6bn.
  • Extension of the Jobkeeper payment support for a further six months until 28 March 2021.
  • Extension of the coronavirus supplement until 31 December 2020 at a rate of $250 per fortnight from 25 September 2020.
  • The budget doesn’t provide any clarity about the future of Jobseeker payment rates after Christmas.

Education

  • $1bn will be injected into Australia’s university research sector.
  • Funding for 50,000 online short courses to upskill workers and unemployed Australians in teaching, health, science, information technology and agriculture.
  • $299m to provide an additional 12,000 undergraduate university places in 2021.

Small business

  • Businesses with a turnover of less than $5bn – all but the top 1% – will be able to deduct the full cost of capital assets purchased after budget night and first used or installed by 30 June 2022.
  • Small and medium businesses will also be able to apply “full expensing” to second-hand assets; businesses earning $50m to $500m will be able to do so for assets of less than $150,000.
  • Companies with turnover up to $5bn will be able to offset losses against previous profits on which tax has been paid, to generate a refund.
  • Exempting from the 47% fringe benefits tax employer-provided retraining activities to employees who are redeployed to a different role in the business.
  • $4.5bn investment in NBN Co and $29.2m to accelerate the rollout of the 5G network.

Health

  • 23,000 new packages for older Australians waiting to receive at home care, at a cost of $1.6bn.
  • $2.3bn in announced funding for investment in Covid-19 treatments and vaccines and funding for the listing of new drugs on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, including Lynparza for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
  • $750m in funding for Covid-19 testing and $171m for the extended operation of up to 150 dedicated respiratory clinics to manage and diagnose Covid-19 cases.
  • $798.8m for the National Disability Insurance Agency and NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.
  • A targeted capital gains tax exemption for granny flat arrangements where there is a formal written agreement, applying to arrangements with older Australians or those with a disability.

Environment

  • The Morrison government’s environment and energy budgets consist largely of pre-announced items, including funding for its technology roadmap for reducing Australia’s emissions and $52m for the expansion of Australia’s gas industry.
  • Tuesday’s budget reiterated the government’s plan to fund the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) for a further 10 years from 2022 to a total of $1.4bn. Over the next four years, the agency will receive $223.9m.
  • The government is spending $50m on carbon capture and storage to fund pilot projects it claims will “dramatically cut” emissions from industrial facilities and there is $70.4m over five years for a regional hydrogen export hub.
  • The environment minister, Sussan Ley, said the government would spend $67.4m on oceans and marine ecosystems.
  • Earlier this year the government announced $25m to reduce the timeframes for approvals for major projects. Tuesday night’s budget adds an extra $12m in funding over the next two years.
  • There is $52.9m for investments in gas – announced in September – including $10.9m for planning of gas infrastructure.
  • The government will spend $249.6m over four years on waste and recycling policies, including $190m for a recycling modernisation fund for new infrastructure to sort plastic, paper, tyres and glass waste and $233.4m to upgrade facilities at national parks.

Infrastructure

  • $14bn in new and accelerated infrastructure projects over the next four years in every state and territory, including Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail and Western Sydney international (Nancy-Bird Walton) airport
  • $3bn towards shovel-ready projects to support further job creation and economic recovery, including for small scale road safety projects.

Housing

  • An additional 10,000 places in first home loan deposit scheme in 2020-21 to support the purchase of a new home or a newly built home.

Super

  • Australians will automatically keep their superannuation fund when they change employers, stopping the creation of unintended multiple accounts.
  • A new online YourSuper comparison tool will help people compare the performance of funds which will be required to meet an annual performance test.

I believe the budget will be metaphorical rocket fuel for property prices across Australia. The pandemic has upended the rule book when it comes to economic management and this budget was destined to be an outlier compared to any other in living memory.

What’s happening in the market right now?

Prior to the announcement, property markets were holding up much better than a lot of property experts thought they would, predicting a 30-50% drop, whereas the majority of markets didn’t get to double digits (apart from VIC and WA). 

Dwelling values were steady in numerous locations, apart from Melbourne, with the low volume of stock creating strong competition amongst buyers.

In the markets we certainly aren’t seeing any bargain prices – and that state of affairs will not change in the months ahead. That’s because one of the early indicators of future property price growth is when there is an undersupply of rental properties, which starts to force rents upwards.

I am encouraging my members to buy now before the upcoming property boom.

In the parts of the country that we’re buying in for our members, we’re competing with homebuyers and savvy investors for the best opportunities. Our members have been steadily growing their wealth, thanks to our tried and tested Markoski Method™.

These are uncertain times and with the budget ‘rocket fuel’ now underway, it’s hard to determine how long the opportunity to take advantage of the upcoming boom will last. 

How will the budget impact property prices?

This budget indicates that the Government wants our economy to rebound as quickly as possible and is obviously prepared to spend whatever is necessary to make that happen.

When it comes to the impact on property prices, I believe the budget measures will supercharge the next round of growth. Although property prices never really contracted by much, I’m confident that we’re going to see a sharp recovery.

If you want to hear more on my thoughts about the impact of the budget listen to my podcast series The Positive Property Show

At the end of the day as long as you have a sound investment strategy, thinking of the long term, you’re going to be safe no matter what the markets are doing. I haven’t got a crystal ball, neither does anyone else, and there may be a short little dip, however the prospects of long term property investing looks awesome regardless.

Educate yourself so you can take advantage of the upcoming boom. Join like minded investors who are wanting to live life on their own terms in our free Positive Property Group

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4 Things Debt Collectors Know That You Don’t

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4 Things Debt Collectors Know That You Don’t

By Dean Kaplan, CEO and President, The Kaplan Group

Cash flow is more important than ever. In the middle of a pandemic, very few businesses can afford to have clients owe them money. This means many businesses that used to be more laid back about collecting from late-paying clients are getting serious. As a commercial debt collector, there are things I know about the debt collection process that may surprise you.

1.Nice gets results.

There’s a stereotype of debt collectors as angry and threatening. But most successful debt collectors know that to be effective, you have to listen to people and form a relationship. Your approach to collecting from a client is highly dependent on the reason they haven’t paid. Without listening, you don’t know if a debt isn’t paid because the client is temporarily in trouble, about to go out of business, just disorganized or has a dispute. The more you can get people to talk, the more information they’ll reveal. It’s possible that the debtor will become upset or embarrassed during the conversation. But, the collector must stay calm and reasonable.

2. Debt collection starts before you sign the contract.

Having a solid credit application and laying out terms on all your contracts can make a huge difference in your debt collection. Your credit application should include complete contact information and layout any payment terms, including interest and late fees. Interest and late fees often provide good negotiation points for collection agents. I have frequently offered to waive late fees in exchange for prompt and complete payment.


Make sure that the terms on your contracts and invoices match the terms on your credit application. A reputable collection agent will want to see complete documentation of the agreement and debt. Although I try to avoid going to court, I will not accept a case if I don’t think it can be proved in court.

3. You should avoid going to court, and threatening to do so.

Speaking of court, although many people pay on debt because they’re afraid of legal action, you want to try to avoid it whenever possible. The contingency rate (the amount you pay the collector) is higher if you have to sue and the process is prolonged. This is especially true now when courts are backed up due to the pandemic. A default judgment might get issued within six months, but trial dates are now being set 18 or more months from the filing date. By that time, the customer could be out of business. Once you win a judgment in court, the money still has to be collected, which can take years in some situations. You should never threaten to take a client to court. Once you issue that threat, you have to follow through. If you threaten to sue and then hire a collection agency instead, you’ve made their job harder. Likewise, you should not threaten people via social media. Doing so can backfire and expose you to legal action.

4. Prompt debt collection can save business relationships (and time and money).

When a client owes you money, your first step should be to cease doing work or selling products to them. Unfortunately, this means your client will need to find another vendor. If you spend months or years trying to collect from them, that just gives them more time to build a relationship with another vendor. By sending the invoice to a collection agent promptly, you shorten the amount of time before you can begin working with the client again. Hiring a collection agency on a contingency basis can also save you time and money. Your staff can be focused on their regular tasks and reputable agencies have tactics for increasing pressure to get money flowing faster.

As this new year begins, you’ll want to make sure that all of your accounts are in order. Thinking about debt collection both now and in the future can keep your cash flow steady.

The Kaplan Group, a commercial collection agency specializing in large claims and international transactions. He has 35 years of manufacturing, international business leadership and customer service experience. Today, he provides business planning, training and consultation to a variety of global companies.

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7 eCommerce Operations Strategies to Ace the Omni channel Experience

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The eCommerce business is trending worldwide. Wonder why else the world’s richest person would be from the e-commerce industry? Most people prefer shopping online from websites like Amazon, eBay, Ali Express, and so. People who were traditionally confined to shopping from the regular market are switching to the online shopping mode. 

According to Brainvire, a leading eCommerce development company the reasons for the preference for eCommerce are obvious. Firstly, customers get better deals by shopping online than from the local market. Secondly, they can browse all the products from the category before finalizing the purchase. Also, shopping online has a range of benefits that someone does not get from the local market. One of them is doorstep delivery; this was the biggest reason why most people switched to the online shopping mode during the COVID-19 lockdown period. 

For this reason, most businesses also sought the importance of going digital and increasing their digital presence. This way, they offered sales online as well as from their store outlets. Moreover, the digital presence also helps these firms in marketing themselves online. 

Thus, the omni channel eCommerce business model is the most beneficial, which has been accepted in 2020.

7 eCommerce Operations Strategies: 

Here are seven eCommerce operation strategies that will help you get the most out of your omnichannel business model.

  1. Aim big yet go local

Most brands aim to go global and set a strong foothold in the international market. Hence, some of them also go for different websites for the country and global levels. However, some firms, in their pursuit of making their brands a global leader, often tend to forget the country’s local needs and needs. 

Things like a local website with the local language can be the best way to meet the local as well as global pursuits of your business.

  1. Make your brand unique

Not all businesses are lucky to have a monopoly in the market, and most companies have to go through tough competitions. A firm needs to have a good brand voice. 

You can make a brand voice by checking and improving the current content on your website, social media pages, blogs, and so on. 

Another essential factor to consider is to change along with the time. As you have upgraded yourself from a physical store to an omnichannel, it is important to upgrade with the passing time. 

  1. Optimize your website for mobile 

The online business is mostly dominated by smartphones. Most people who shop online do so using their smartphones. Therefore, smartphone eCommerce outweighs that of laptops and desktops. Customers get discouraged due to the slow loading time of a website. 

Making the website as responsive and mobile-optimized as possible will be the key to a better e-commerce experience for your customers.

  1. Use digital marketing options well

Customers won’t stumble across your website unless you are a well-known brand. There are ways to increase the traffic to your website, either organically or inorganically. SEO, i.e., intensive use of blogs and paid search engine results, are the two main options for you. 

You can also put videos and intriguing articles on your social media sites. Using digital marketing options will help you increase brand value and revenue. 

  1. Make use of user-generated content

Apart from making use of the digital marketing options, optimizing other modes like user-generated content, i.e., feeds by the users with elaborate stories of satisfaction with a brand and its products, can help you get better customer engagement.

Many brands have used platforms like Instagram to the fullest of their benefits with the help of user-generated content. 

  1. Using discounts and coupons well

Customers are always in the pursuit of better deals. Using discounts, coupons, and promotional offers are the best way either to attract them or to keep them attracted to the brand. Therefore, using promotional offers helps increase revenue or retains customers. 

You can have good promotional offers for new customers and separate discount offers for loyal customers and increase brand value and revenue.

  1. State clear buying guides

Buying guides for the season help customers in two ways; firstly, they help the customers know what the things they need to purchase and make the purchase convenient for them are. 

It is worth noting that the buying guide does not promote sales but is insightful for the reader to purchase their required product in the right quantity. It also enlists the differences between two or more products from the same category. Therefore, it helps a customer make a sound buying decision.

Conclusion:

Due to the multifaceted nature of omni channel, you have adopted a future-proof business model. You can get better sales both online as well as in the traditional method. With the help of these omni channel strategies, you can give your business the right push it needs. 

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Find Your Best Loan Installment Plan

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Best Loan Installment Plan

An ‘installment loan’ applies to the vast majority of both personal and commercial loans extended to borrowers as a large general phrase. Installment loans include any debt that is repaid with deposits or installments that are periodically scheduled. The redemption of a part of the principal sum lent and thus the charge of interest on the loan shall be included with any payment on the installment debt.

Mortgage loans and car loans are forms of installment loans. Many installment loans are fixed-rate loans, aside from mortgage loans, which are variable-rate loans. They are paid an interest rate that is constant from the period of borrowing for the lifetime of the loan.

Types of Installment loans:

Installment loans are known to be two of the more popular forms of loans that people take out. Both types of installment loans are car loans, rentals, personal loans, and student loans.

Mortgages:

If auto loans are for purchasing vehicles, mortgages are for owning a home. Many mortgages generally have a maturity period of 15 to 30 years, as well as a fixed interest rate and defined regular payments that don’t really alter.

Loans for Personal Installment:

Consumers looking to consolidate revolving debt or pay off current credit card debt typically utilize personal installment loans. It is also necessary to take out these loans to support marriages, holidays, or other luxury expenditures. Personal loans should be used as a building stone for long-term financial purposes, such as building credit, in comparison to payday loans, which are used mainly for financial crises.

Loans for Auto:

Auto loans are a type of installment loan that is supposed to be utilized while preparing to buy a vehicle. This kind of loan is usually repaid within a range of 12 to 96 months. Take notice, though, that not all lenders have monthly installments of the same length.

Benefits of Installment loans:

There are many explanations why several individuals, including repayment length, higher credit cap, and successful use as some of its advantages, favor installment loans over any other form of a loan. In particular, here’s a roundup of the reasons why you may be the best with an installment loan.

Support your credit score build-up:

You would also be allowed to repay if you have a poor credit score. In reality, it would allow you to build up your credit score by borrowing money and keeping to your repayment plan. This would boost your odds in the future of having decent interest rates.

Fewer interest rate:

Installment loans often provide the security of ensuring that by a defined date the mortgage will be paid off. Your mortgage can be paid off in full once you have finished paying the number of payments needed by the lender. You will get out of debt quicker and would definitely pay less interest if you get a loan for the shortest payment period you can realistically handle.

Financial Burden Reduction:

Being willing to take out a personal loan would financially take the pressure off you. Since money problems will trigger great tension, there’s one less thing you’ll have to think about. Your loan may not be anything to think about as long as you are borrowing within your budget.

The borrowing limit is high:

Since installment loans have a more extended maturity period, you will be granted a higher credit cap by banks and other lenders. When you need a huge sum of capital, particularly during crises, this is extremely beneficial. Plus, the risk of qualifying for several loans in the future is eliminated by a greater credit cap.

Be sure you accept the terms and conditions of the loan that you commit to if you are seeking an installment loan. If you appreciate what is being sold, with your unique case, you should carefully shop around for the right installment loan.

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