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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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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