Christopher Niesche

Chris Niesche is a business journalist with two decades' experience and a former deputy editor of the Australian Financial Review. He writes across a range of topics, including finance, trade, property, management, small business and human resources. His company, Headline Content, produces marketing and journalism content for corporate websites and blogs.

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Even in “normal” times, there is an element of art in economic forecasting.

Can we predict our economic future?


The majority of gamblers lose, so any additional government revenue from taxing winnings would be insignificant.

Should your gambling winnings be taxed?


If a couple was accustomed to living on a combined salary of A$150,000 or A$200,000, an annual budget of A$60,000 may not really be the retirement they were hoping for.

Retirement in Australia - how much super do you need?


The two major political parties in Australia have contrasting views about who benefits from negative gearing.

Property investment: who really uses negative gearing?


Professional scepticism is defined in Australian auditing standards as “an attitude that includes a questioning mind, being alert to conditions which may indicate possible misstatement due to error or fraud, and a critical assessment of audit evidence”.

Why professional scepticism is a crucial weapon in an auditor's armoury


CPA Australia supports the intent of tightening the rules for individual loans but has concerns about the proposed changes.

Division 7A tax law changes will hurt business investment


SMSF advisers say this change in particular will not lower the cost of audits for super fund trustees because it will not reduce the overall work involved in auditing a SMSF.

The risks of three-year SMSF audits


An agreement between an accountancy practice and financial planner is a relationship like any other, so regular communication is vital.

5 tips for referring clients to a financial planner


ASIC is taking a closer look at investment deals that circumvent the sophisticated investor test.

ASIC warns accountants


Australian residents need to be aware that the Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding regime applies beyond foreign residents

Vendor beware: Home sales above $750K require proof that seller is not a foreign investor