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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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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Life’s financial turning points: good and not-so-good

Published: May 3, 2017

The marriage and divorce statistics for 2015 sadly suggest that 43 per cent of Australian marriages may end in divorce. Significantly, this number-crunching does not include separations of de facto couples. Unfortunately, the breakdown of a relationship is a reality for many couples and it is a reality with typically damaging financial and emotional consequences. […]

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Planning a holiday, building a house and creating a portfolio

Published: May 1, 2017

Two quick questions. How long did you take to plan your last Christmas holidays? And how long did you take to plan your investment portfolio? "It's often said that many people spend more time planning a two-week vacation than they do on their investment plan," say US-based Vanguard investment analysts Donald Bennyhoff and Colleen Jaconetti […]

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In your interest: a mortgage buffer

Published: April 28, 2017

Homebuyers who make higher repayments than the minimum required are developing a valuable buffer to help cope with future rate rises or unexpected financial setbacks. A mortgage buffer makes much sense. More than three years ago, the Reserve Bank reported that "anecdotal evidence suggests" that about half of households had not reduced their regular monthly […]

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Dementia is more than just forgetfulness

Published: April 26, 2017

It may begin with forgetting where you left your car keys and can eventually lead to potentially dangerous situations such as forgetting to switch off the heater or kitchen stove. This is a very real experience for more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia right now. With Australia’s population rapidly ageing, the prevalence of dementia is […]

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Don’t let your portfolio end up like a gym membership

Published: April 20, 2017

New Year resolutions and portfolio rebalancing face common challenges. Both spring from the best of intentions. Both can drift into the background as the holiday season draws to a close and the urgency and demands of everyday life return. For self-managed super funds (SMSFs), the more relaxed pace of life earlier in the year often […]

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Want a great retirement?

Published: April 10, 2017

When the word retirement is mentioned in everyday discourse it's often associated with numbers. The amount you'll need to retire. The age at which you'll stop working. The tax you'll incur as you draw on your super. But what these numerical references neglect is the psychological dimension. As someone who's decades away from retirement, I can't […]

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Can a buyer’s agent help you buy a property?

Published: April 7, 2017

If you’ve ever bought a property you’ll know it can be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Hours spent searching, days lost to viewings and waiting on the edge of your seat to hear back on an offer. Not to mention attending an auction where even the opening bid was beyond your budget. Or perhaps […]

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