Finance

How to boost your retirement savings

We all know the old adage, if it seems too good to be true it probably is! This is almost always the case; however...

The dangers of credit cards

Credit cards are the easiest way for people (especially young people), to get themselves into financial difficulty. It is easy to obtain credit, it...

Emotions guiding our investment decisions

All too often, human nature causes us to be overly influenced by our emotions rather than logic. This is particularly relevant when it comes...

Is the housing bubble about to burst?

Earlier this month, Channel Nine’s ‘60 Minutes’ program ran a segment suggesting that Australia is about to see the biggest property crash in our...

Early access to our super

From social media platforms to conversations in the pub, people often want to know if they are able to access their super to pay...

What happens when a business partner dies?

Most of us are aware that there will be financial consequences if we lose our husband or wife and understand that this event is...

Why you need to review your financial products regularly

I’ve written about this previously, but I never cease to be amazed at how lackadaisical many people are about their financial products despite it...

The money missing from your Will

Estate planning is complicated! From experience, most people are unaware that their superannuation does not form part of their estate and therefore is not...

Getting the right advice at the right time

As life changes, so do our financial planning needs. This week, I have created a list of some important life events that are commonplace...

It’s never too early to start saving

Thousands of kids have just finished either high school or university and are about to enter the full-time workforce for the first time. This...

Income streams after retirement

The superannuation system is designed to build wealth in order to provide us with income in our retirement years. Once we retire and need income,...

Tough week for finance industry

As a Financial Planner who is proud of what my colleagues, my competitors and I are able to do for our clients, I have...

Fixed or variable?

In a “practice what you preach” moment, I’m currently reviewing my finances and part of that process involves addressing my mortgage. I’m happy with...

Investment bonds still have a place

In the 70’s and 80’s an investment bond, also known as an insurance bond, was a very popular investment vehicle that went out of...

Pensioners and the assets test

The rules surrounding Centrelink entitlements are quite complex. It is therefore extremely important, when developing retirement strategies, to be mindful of the Centrelink implications. Most...

The difference the right insurance can make

Coincidentally, I spoke to two tradies recently who both suffered serious long-term injuries from seemingly innocuous workplace falls, with vastly different results. The first tradie...

How much money do you need to retire?

Last week, I was reviewing a client who was overly worried that she would essentially be living on the poverty line in retirement. Thankfully,...

Helping your kids enter the property market

It has never been harder to enter the housing market with the average household now spending 40 per cent of net income on their...

The important difference between price and value

When developing a spending plan (or budget), an easy trap to fall into is focusing on the cost of something as opposed to the...