Don’t become a one-eyed investor

Published: May 31, 2017

Behavioural economists warn investors about a trap known as "confirmation bias". This involves deciding on a course of action and then looking around for evidence to support that action. The proliferation of online investment newsletters and blogs means that investors can almost immediately find someone, perhaps a so-called expert, who agrees with them. In short, […]

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Six Ways To Fund A Renovation

Published: May 29, 2017

Any renovation project, large or small, can be all-consuming in terms of your energy and money. Here are six loan types that can help you with the latter. Considering transforming your home from ‘blah’ to ‘brilliant’, but lacking the funds to support your major makeover? Never fear, we’ve rounded up a few different home renovation […]

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7 tips to stop you under charging and over servicing

Published: May 26, 2017

By Flying Solo contributor Kathryn Williams Over-servicing clients is a common problem for small business owners; we feel it’s what sets us apart from our competitors. All it’s doing, however, is creating unreasonable expectations, and costing us money to boot. We know we can deliver what our clients need. And because we do this for […]

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Managing your money when you move in together

Published: May 22, 2017

So you’ve taken the leap and decided to move in together. It’s an exciting time which can take your relationship to a new level, but it can also add new pressures as you address practical matters such as how you divide the chores and the costs. Set your new home up for success by discussing […]

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Super baby debt

Published: May 19, 2017

Having a family can create a ‘super baby debt’ for mothers of up to $50,000 by the time they reach retirement age. Taking time off work means you may not have any employer contributions being paid into your super account. And if you are taking a few years off, this can have quite an impact […]

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Your first SMSF portfolio: Don’t overlook fundamentals amid super changes

Published: May 17, 2017

New SMSF trustees face something of a double challenge in 2017-2018: Coming to terms with the long-standing fundamentals of having your own fund together with the biggest changes to super in a decade. It is critical for new trustees not to neglect any of the fundamentals of self-managed super in their efforts to understand the […]

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How to live in harmony with your adult children

Published: May 15, 2017

If you thought you’d have the house to yourself once the kids reached adulthood, statistics paint a different picture, with more adult children remaining in the family home today than in years gone by. Not only are children living with their parents for longer, a high portion of those who move out end up coming […]

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Renters need over $1m to retire comfortably

Published: May 12, 2017

While the implications of housing affordability is often acknowledged when it comes to younger Australians, the repercussions it’s having on pre and post-retirees also requires attention. According to figures published last month, couples living in rental accommodation in Australian capital cities need over $1 million in super to live a comfortable lifestyle in retirement. And, […]

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The 2017-18 Australian Budget – pragmatism and fairness rule

Published: May 10, 2017

The 2017-18 Budget has much to make it popular. In fact, the goodies make it almost feel like a pre-election rather than a post-election budget. The transformation from the austerity to end “the age of entitlement” of the 2014 budget to the “fairness, security and opportunity” of this Budget has been profound.1 Key budget measures […]

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Buying A Tenanted Investment Property

Published: May 8, 2017

There are plenty of upsides to buying an investment property that already has a tenant, as well as a raft of risks. Here’s how to minimise them. Purchasing an investment property that already has a tenant means you collect rent from day one, with no vacant period and no lease fees to find a new […]

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