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November 2006 Newsletter


Welcome to Lewis Financial's November 2006 Newsletter.


This month we have included an update on the proposed changes to Superannuation, which were foreshadowed in the May Budget.  In light of these changes, we have also included a brief discussion of some strategies which will cease to be effective after the end of this financial year. 


It should be noted that the changes to Superannuation are still proposals at this stage, and it is anticipated that there will be some further refinements prior to them becoming Law.


We turn our attention to the Australian Share Market in an article by economist Dr Shane Oliver, who discusses the prospects for Merger and Acquisition activity and its implications for Australian Share investment.


Lastly, we look at an article by Hillross Economist, Brad Matthews, who reviews the severity of the drought currently being faced by our rural communities and discusses the impact this may have on the economy and on investment performance.

Superannuation - summary of key changes

If you were in any doubt as to the role superannuation can play
in setting you up for retirement, recent changes to super laws
should have put the issue beyond question.

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Strategy opportunities up to 30 June 2007

The changes proposed in the 2006 Federal Budget mean that the period up to 1 July 2007 will offer a final opportunity for some of the existing superannuation strategies to be implemented.

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The merger and acquisition boom has further to go

This Oliver's Insights article looks at the surge in merger and acquisition activity. Is it a sign of a bubble set to burst or is it more soundly based, and likely to continue?

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When the economy runs dry

With real economic growth currently running at less than 2% and inflation nudging 4%, the last thing the Australian economy needs is another severe drought, writes Brad Matthews, Hillross Economist.

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