If you can’t get into property…

Published: July 9, 2015

Buying a home has been hailed for generations as an essential part of the Australian dream. But with house prices increasing faster than earnings, getting into the property market seems more like an impossible dream for first home buyers. You may even be better off renting in the meantime before attempting to get into the […]

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It’s easy to shock-proof your finances

Published: July 9, 2015

As we head into the new financial year, it’s worth taking a few minutes to check how well you would cope with an unexpected financial shock. None of us knows exactly what lies around the corner, and research1 suggests many of us would face a tough time if we lost our job or faced an […]

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How to speak finance at a party!

Published: June 29, 2015

We’ve all been there. But don’t worry. Here’s a quick jargon buster to help you join in the conversation with confidence. GDP – Gross Domestic Product. A measurement in dollar terms of the total goods and services produced within a particular economy (for example Australia) over a year excluding income earned outside the country. GDP […]

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New financial habits for a new financial year

Published: June 29, 2015

Rethinking a few bad habits is a great way to get your finances in better shape in the new financial year. It’s no secret for instance that smoking is bad for our health but the financial toll can go well beyond the cost of a packet of cigarettes. According to research group Canstar, a 40-year […]

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The power of budgeting

Published: June 29, 2015

Are you aware you need to change your spending habits, but not sure where to start? A budget can help you get back to basics and work out what’s going where and when. Whatever your plans, a budget can help you to: Get more organised with your finances Cut down spending in areas you have […]

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Nine ways to make your rental property feel like home

Published: June 22, 2015

There are many reasons why we rent. For some people it’s a short-term fix while they save up to buy a home or renovate a new property. For others it’s a long-term solution while they invest their savings elsewhere. But the cost of buying a home can be a significant factor. And with Australian house […]

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Ticking off your bucket list

Published: June 22, 2015

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro…shopping at Macy’s in New York…seeing the Northern Lights over the Norwegian fjords…skydiving over Rio de Janeiro…or touching your toes! If you’re like many Australians, you may have your own personal bucket list, especially if you’re approaching retirement when you may finally have the time to achieve your dream. It’s easy—and fun—to sit […]

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A will can save more than your money

Published: June 22, 2015

A recent news story reminded me of the importance of having an up to date will. Like me, you may have read that the Sydney Swans club is arranging a memorial plaque for one of its long term supporters—a man named Royce Skinner who died in 2014. What makes the story so interesting is that […]

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Tips & traps of working part-time

Published: June 22, 2015

Australia has one of the highest rates of part-time, temporary or self-employed workers in the world (over 35%)1, who earn more per hour than their full-time colleagues. Traditional part-timer workers include women (over 43%), people caring for elderly relatives, pre-retirees and those pursuing their studies. But perhaps you don’t fit this mould? Maybe you’re a […]

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10 reasons your kids won’t listen to your money advice

Published: June 15, 2015

Every parent wants the best for their children but kids often won’t listen to the wisdom of your experience, especially when it comes to money. Don't give up! Here are some of the common beliefs and misconceptions kids have about managing money—and how you could get them to take your advice.  1. Money buys happiness […]

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