Reducing risk in retirement

We all think things will turn out better for ‘us’ than ‘them’. Such optimism can serve us well in life, but when it comes to money, balancing bias with facts is a much safer option. When it comes to your retirement there are four main risks that can impact your income: Longevity risk As you … Read more

Maximising wealth together: Super contributions for your spouse

Maximising super contributions for your spouse is a smart financial move that can benefit both your partner and your family’s long-term financial security. By actively contributing to your spouse’s super account, you not only help them build a more substantial retirement nest egg, but also enjoy potential tax benefits in the process. However, it’s essential … Read more

Five rules of money management

No matter your income level or financial goals, everyone can benefit from developing strong money management skills. Here are five rules of money management that can help build a solid foundation for financial wellbeing. Key takeaways: Having a savings plan and an appropriate level of insurance cover can help insulate you from financial stress. Tracking … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

A guide to SMSF insurance and estate planning

Making a decision about life insurance is an essential part of your self managed super fund’s investment strategy and can provide a valuable benefit for members. Do your members need life insurance? Trustees are required to ask this question as part of the SMSF’s investment strategy. Here are some things to consider, and tips to … Read more

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