Divorcees suffer five-year financial hit

Published: April 3, 2017

The warmth of January doesn’t always extend to our relationships. The New Year can be a peak period for divorce lawyers as couples call it quits after sharing one last Christmas together. No matter whether starting afresh as a newly single person brings heartache or a sense of relief, the fact is, separation and divorce […]

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7 tips for choosing the right school for your kids

Published: March 31, 2017

If you’re thinking about what school to enrol your children into, it might be a more complicated decision than merely opting for something in the local area. Family values, student facilities, extra-curricular activities and your financial situation could all come into play. We look at some of the things to consider and what you can […]

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Save early, save often

Published: March 29, 2017

One of the underlying attributes of Australia's superannuation system is that it starts young adults saving for retirement as soon as they join the workforce. Without compulsory super contributions, many millennials – aged in their twenties to thirties and also known as members of Generation Y – may have second thoughts about saving for retirement […]

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Having an estate plan is more than just having a will

Published: March 24, 2017

There seems to be a common misconception that having an estate plan is for wealthy people. Wrong. Having an estate plan is for everyone. It is about being prepared, minimising risk and making sure your loved ones receive the benefit of your estate. Today, there are many factors which influence an estate plan. Simply having […]

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7 ways to prepare financially for a baby

Published: March 20, 2017

If you’ve got a baby on the way or are thinking about having one in the future, it’s worth being aware of the upfront and ongoing costs likely to be coming your way, so you can plan ahead accordingly. After all, according to AMP.NATSEM research, it costs an average of $144 a week to raise […]

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Choosing an investment option for your super

Published: March 17, 2017

As part of your retirement savings plan, it is important you understand how your superannuation money is invested by your super fund. No two people's financial situation and investment requirements are the same. To cater for these different needs, most superannuation funds offer you a choice about how your superannuation money is invested. Funds offer […]

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How to set your kids on the road to success

Published: March 13, 2017

Raising children is a rewarding and, often complex, responsibility. We all want to do our best to ensure we give our kids a platform from which to lead a successful life, but there are many different ways to describe success. The Oxford dictionary defines success as the “accomplishment of an aim or purpose, the attainment […]

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Infrastructure characteristics and driving returns

Published: March 10, 2017

The infrastructure asset class has been growing in popularity as an investment destination for both institutional and SMSF investors. This is because infrastructure offers a range of investment characteristics that can be particularly attractive in the low interest rate and volatile market conditions we have seen in recent times. Attractive, consistent returns For example, infrastructure […]

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The resilient Australian dollar – how long will it last?

Published: March 8, 2017

The Australian dollar showed resilience during the second half of 2016 due to a number of variables. Commodity prices rallied, the US Federal Reserve pushed back interest rate hikes, the market started pricing out interest rate cuts from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and Australian and global economic data was generally positive. The Australian […]

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How to tackle tertiary education costs with your kids

Published: March 3, 2017

If higher education is on the cards for your children in the not too distant future, sitting down with them to discuss the costs and considerations could go a long way. This is particularly important when you take into account that the average debt for a tertiary student in Australia is estimated at $17,500, with […]

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