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Each episode, about 15 minutes long, is packed with concise tips, strategies, research, methodologies, case studies, and ideas to help you safely and effectively grow your wealth. Stuart Wemyss, a qualified financial advisor, accountant, tax agent, and licensed mortgage broker, delivers holistic advice. With four authored books, including "Investopoly" and "Rules of the Lending Game," Stuart shares his insights through a weekly blog, which is replicated on this podcast.
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The Holistic Accountant

Stuart Wemyss & Mena Abraham

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A holistic accountant goes beyond tax returns, aiming to offer proactive advice to maximise clients' wealth after all taxes. Stuart Wemyss and Mena Abraham explore multifaceted considerations weekly, highlighting the need for a holistic approach. Each episode is succinct and to the point with no fluff or sales pitches. For further details, check out www.prosolution.com.au.
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The Michael Yardney Podcast | Property Investment, Success & Money

Michael Yardney; Australia's authority in wealth creation through property

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Are you looking for financial freedom or more choices in life? You're in the right place. Twice each week Michael Yardney shares smart property investment strategies as well as the success and personal finance secrets of the rich, in around 30 minutes. MIchael has been voted one of Australia's top 50 Influential Thought Leaders and while he is best known as a real estate investment expert, he is also Australia's leading expert in the psychology of success and wealth creation and a #1 best se ...
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If you’re a property investor, the most common question you will likely ask is, "Where should I buy my next investment property?” In fact, who wouldn’t give their second garage to know which city will outperform over the next decade? Well, that’s the question I’m going to ask my guest today - independent financial adviser Stuart Wemyss, Director of…
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In this episode, Stuart and Mena delve into the top five reasons why businesses fail and offer practical advice on how to avoid these pitfalls. They start with the crucial issue of running out of money, emphasising the importance of adequate working capital, maintaining a profit margin, and keeping a financial buffer. Next, they discuss the impact …
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Read full blog here. In this episode, Stuart explores the soaring costs of holding investment properties and whether they still make financial sense. Over the past four years, significant hikes in expenses like insurance, council rates, and maintenance, coupled with a cash rate increase from 0.10% to 4.35%, have challenged property investors. Despi…
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In this case study episode, Stuart explores the remarkable journey of a couple on the road to early retirement. When they began working together in 2015, the couple had a net worth of $420k. Fast forward to today, their net worth has soared to $2.5m, driven by strategic property decisions and smart investment moves. They purchased their first inves…
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I’ve often said that property investment is a game of finance with some houses thrown in the middle. But currently, more and more investors and homeowners are having difficulty getting finance, so what should you do? What type of finance strategy should you have to make yourself more attractive to the banks and why can some investors get loans when…
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In this episode, Stuart and Mena delve into the top 10 hiring mistakes and the invaluable lessons they've learned along the way. They share candid insights on building a strong team, emphasising the importance of hiring slowly and firing quickly, and the necessity of quality over quantity. They pose a crucial question for business owners: "Would yo…
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Read full blog here. In this episode, Stuart issues a crucial warning to couples: don't let one spouse handle all the financial matters. While it's natural for one partner to take the lead, it's vital for both to stay involved and informed. Stuart highlights the importance of understanding and communicating about financial documents, ensuring both …
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In this case study episode, Stuart and Frencham unveil a compelling 15-year journey towards financial freedom through property and superannuation. Beginning with a modest net worth of $2.4 million in 2008, their client's portfolio has surged to nearly $10 million today. Through strategic property investments, including homes in desirable locations …
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Today I'd like to explain to you why our housing crisis is going to expose some of the flaws in the quick-fix solutions our major political parties are telling us is going to solve the housing crisis. I was writing a blog about this, and thought I've got to discuss it with you now. As a regular listener, you'd know I normally have guests on the sho…
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There are 106 suburbs across Australia that are cheaper today than they were five years ago, new analysis shows, despite house and unit prices doubling at the same time. That’s one of the reports from Domain that I’m going to chat about today with Dr. Nicola Powell, Domain’s Chief of Research and Economics, and we will also discuss Domain’s latest …
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In this episode, Stuart and Mena dive into the world of customer feedback surveys, uncovering essential insights for business owners. They explore the Net Promoter Score (NPS) introduced by Fred Reichheld, a straightforward yet powerful tool for gauging customer loyalty and forecasting business growth. NPS segments customers into Promoters, Passive…
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Read full blog here. In this episode, Stuart explores the often-overlooked dangers of being too risk-averse in financial planning. He argues that an excessive focus on reducing perceived financial risk can jeopardise your lifestyle goals due to the high opportunity costs involved. Many people fall into the trap of continuously repaying debt at the …
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In this case study episode, Stuart delves into the financial journey of a client he began working with in 2012. Back then, the client had $800k in net investment assets, including shares primarily in Rio Tinto, superannuation, and a property in Hawthorn East. Today, that figure has grown to almost $2.8 million. Despite challenges, such as underperf…
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Only a few months ago, there was talk about the hope of interest rates starting to fall by the middle of this year. Australia’s biggest bank in CBA suggested there could be six cuts in interest rates over the next two years. And then things changed, inflation remained more stubborn and the economy grew strongly and suddenly there was talk of potent…
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Would you like to learn the property investment secrets of Australia’s richest property investor? Well, today we’ll explore the powerful strategies that fueled Harry Triguboff's ascent to billionaire status, as we learn seven lessons from the $26 billion man who is regularly number one or number two on Australia’s wealthiest person list. My guest, …
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Read full blog here. In this episode, Stuart tackles a common investment dilemma: should you buy an investment-grade apartment in a blue-chip location or a house in a secondary area? He delves into the key factors influencing your decision, such as land value, potential for capital growth, and maintenance costs. Stuart explains why houses typically…
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In this episode, Stuart and Mena provide a comprehensive guide to end-of-financial-year tax planning strategies that can help maximise your tax savings. With a wealth of practical tips and considerations, they break down complex tax concepts into easily digestible insights. Whether you're a high-income earner, a business owner, or simply looking to…
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In this case study episode, Stuart delves into the financial journey of a couple who began building wealth later in life. Starting in 2009, they purchased an entry-level apartment in South Yarra for $390k. Fast forward to 2015, Stuart joined them, and their wealth-building strategy took a serious turn. By 2016, they acquired an investment property …
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Over the past few years we've witnessed a whirlwind of changes, particularly in the mortgage market. Mortgage rates have skyrocketed, soaring from 2.9% in April 2022 to a staggering 6.4% today. And if that wasn't enough, the rental crisis has reached new heights, with vacancy rates plummeting to record lows nationwide, causing rents to skyrocket. I…
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As we edge towards the end of the financial year, it's the time that you need to crunch some numbers to make sure you have all your tax obligations right, so today I am again joined by Rob Thompson, Assistant Commissioner of the ATO to dive into the world of taxation, specifically targeting tax time tips, the ins and outs of selling property, and t…
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In this episode, Stuart and Mena dive into the critical considerations surrounding business mergers, offering valuable insights for entrepreneurs and business owners contemplating this strategic move. They emphasise the paramount importance of cultural fit, exploring how aligning values, client bases, and work environments can make or break a merge…
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Read full blog here. In this episode, Stuart provides a comprehensive guide to end-of-financial-year tax planning strategies that can help maximise your tax savings. With a wealth of practical tips and considerations, he breaks down complex tax concepts into easily digestible insights. Whether you're a high-income earner, a business owner, or simpl…
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In this case study episode, Stuart shares an insightful journey with long-term property investor clients. He highlights key lessons learned about the importance of diversification and adapting strategies over time. Despite diligently managing cash flow and contributions, the clients' concentrated property portfolio delivered underwhelming returns i…
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Have you ever wondered why some locations that could be labelled as 'secondary’ outperform the established blue-chip suburbs? What drives this unexpected surge in property value, and more importantly, is this a trend that savvy investors should be paying attention to? Should you be looking for these suburbs, or should you stick to blue-chip locatio…
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You've probably heard the whispers or read in the media that the taxman is on the hunt. The Australian Taxation Office is implementing some innovative strategies and forming new alliances to recoup billions of dollars of revenue deficit. This means Australian property investors should be on high alert and make sure they have completed all their obl…
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In this episode, Mena and Stuart delve into acceptable profit margins and strategies to improve them. They emphasise regularly reviewing and adjusting pricing to reflect cost increases while considering pricing power (Episode 5, Season 1). The hosts recommend analysing profit and loss statements, negotiating better supplier prices, and exploring al…
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Read full blog here In this episode, Stuart delves into the concept of strategic asset allocation and its critical importance in maximising long-term investment returns. He presents evidence demonstrating the unpredictability of short-term returns across asset classes, highlighting the need for diversification. However, Stuart argues that long-term…
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In this case study episode, Stuart shares a poignant experience to highlight the importance of involving loved ones in financial planning and ensuring they are well informed and prepared. He recounts working with a client, Grant, since 2009, focusing on debt reduction, superannuation, and share investing. Tragically, Grant passed away suddenly in 2…
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What will life be like in 10 years? Strategic property investors think in 10-year time frames, they don’t worry about what’s going to happen to interest rates or the economy in the next six weeks or the next six months. In my mind, 10 years is a short term and the successful investors I know ponder about what the housing markets will be like in 20 …
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Today's show tackles a hot-button issue in Australia: housing affordability. With skyrocketing prices and rents, and a shortage of available homes, many are pointing the finger at immigration. What if we stopped immigration? Would this be the panacea to our housing crisis? Is stopping immigration really the answer? Ken Raiss, Director of Metropole …
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In this episode, Stuart and Mena discuss the challenges and potential strategies for businesses that are heavily reliant on a single major customer. They acknowledge that while having a large customer can be advantageous, it also poses significant risks due to the lack of diversification and potential loss of revenue if that customer relationship w…
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Read full blog here. In this episode, Stuart makes a compelling case for why the Melbourne property market is poised to deliver the strongest capital growth among Australian capital cities over the next decade. Despite negative sentiment driven by factors like stricter tenancy laws, increased taxation, and concerns over the state's escalating debt,…
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In this case study episode, Stuart shares insights from working with a high-income client who initially focused on building a property portfolio but later diversified into shares. The client's share portfolio was initially held in his wife's name due to their circumstances at the time, but a portion was later moved into a trust structure for tax ef…
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Today, I’m joined by Mark Creedon, and together we explore some priceless investment lessons from some of the world's most successful billionaires. These titans of industry have not only built immense wealth but have also mastered the art of sustaining it through savvy, strategic decisions. Mark and I are going to uncover how their golden rules of …
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Today I’m going to discuss several topics of interest for property investors with Mike Mortlock, the Managing Director of MCG Quantity Surveyors. Mike's team has recently released a report titled 'Rising Tide of Unit Rents Closes Gap with Houses in Major Capitals' that sheds light on some transformative trends and provides an understanding of the s…
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In this episode, Stuart and Mena dive into the invaluable benefits of outsourcing your bookkeeping function, highlighting how it can be a game-changer for businesses seeking to streamline operations and boost profitability. They emphasise the importance of having an expert team deeply integrated into your business, ensuring accurate data flow and e…
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Read full blog here. In this episode, Stuart discusses the importance of considering potential inheritances when developing long-term financial plans. He acknowledges that with the vast amount of wealth expected to be passed down in Australia over the next two decades, many individuals are likely to receive an inheritance at some point in their liv…
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In this case study episode, Stuart shares a real-life example of how his approach to financial planning helped a client transition from an underperforming self-managed super fund (SMSF) to a more efficient and transparent investment structure. The client had an SMSF managed by stockbrokers, heavily concentrated in Australian shares with minimal int…
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With property values rising for 15 months in a row and talk of interest rate cuts on the horizon, is the Australian property market gearing up for a new boom in property prices this year? Well, there are clues in the news as to what’s ahead, which I’m going to discuss in this month’s Big Picture podcast with leading financial commentator Pete Warge…
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You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that apartments have underperformed houses in the last decade or so, so today I explore the reasons behind this trend, its implications for investors, and what future trends we might anticipate with independent financial advisor, Stuart Wemyss. We also discuss what criteria you should use to decide i…
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In this episode, Stuart and Mena dive into the different finance solutions available for asset finance and discuss the pros and cons of each option. They start by outlining the main types of asset finance: Chattel Mortgage - The lender takes a mortgage over a specific asset like equipment or vehicles and provides funding secured by that asset. This…
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Read full blog here. In this episode, Stuart provides valuable insights and practical advice for first-time property buyers and their parents. He emphasises the importance of adopting an investment mindset when purchasing a home, focusing on areas with consistent supply-demand imbalances, analysing past growth patterns, and maximising land value. S…
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