Make your money work harder – pitfalls to avoid

If there’s one rule of thumb for investors to bear in mind, it’s that “if it looks too good to be true, it probably is”. Be aware The expression “a fool and his money are easily parted” is not as relevant today as it once was. These days, scams and fake investment schemes can be […]

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The money conversations you need to have

Although it can feel uncomfortable, talking about money is a good thing. Get some help from the experts to start positive conversations and keep things on track. Making money talk work for you When was the last time you talked about money? You might struggle to remember. Your personal finances or debt position are hardly […]

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What to do if you’re 55 and have no retirement plan

Key takeaways Strategies for fast tracking your retirement savings nest egg, such as debt elimination, additional super contributions and targeted investing. How part-time work and delaying receipt of the Age Pension can boost your retirement income. Retirement planning is one of those things that often gets pushed to the back burner. When you’re young, it’s […]

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Changes to tax cuts from 1 July

The Government has passed legislation to amend the tax cuts which apply from 1 July this year. The changes are explained below, along with some things you may wish to think about to help maximise your savings. What’s changing? The ‘Stage 3 tax cuts’ were already law and due to come into effect on 1 […]

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Five lessons learned in 2023

Interest rate cycles can be different Students of economics are taught that monetary policy works with long and variable lags, up to 12-18 months. We had assumed that in the current cycle, the economy in 2023 would have been more negatively impacted from the rate hikes which began in May 2022. However, in the current […]

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50/30/20 budgeting strategy

Having a budget can help you stay on top of bills, pay off debt and save for long or short-term goals. There are many ways to go about it. One budgeting strategy is the 50/30/20 approach, which requires you to designate a portion of your earnings to three categories. Some of the benefits include being […]

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How much super should you have at your age?

Your super balance will most likely play a big part in how comfortably you live in retirement. But depending on how far off retirement is for you, it might be difficult to gauge whether your super is on track, or if you might need a bit more saved up to live the lifestyle you want […]

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Getting smart about savings

Saving money doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Some people are wired to save – for others it takes a bit more discipline. But developing good savings habits can do so much for both your financial wellbeing and your future security. Just like money compounds over time, so do our habits. The more we see progress, […]

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How to give your finances a health check

How healthy are your finances? Isn’t it time you put your own financial wellbeing front and centre? You can take control of your financial future quickly and easily, with a simple financial health check. Just like your physical health, it’s worth giving your finances a checkup once in a while. Over time, unhealthy spending habits […]

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What are the steps to investing?

Want to invest but don’t know where to start? Here are five basic steps for investing. Define your goals Taking the first step on your investment journey may feel daunting. However, setting clear goals with achievable targets can be a good place to start in the planning process. ‘I want to retire at 60 with […]

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