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Future self-continuity: Preparing for the future

When considering your personal finances, is there a battle between your present and future self? In this article, we look at the importance of aligning your present self with your future self.

1 July 2017 – New financial year, new rules

The new financial year has ushered in many legislative changes when it comes to personal finances. These are most noticeable in superannuation, but also impact other areas. Read more about these changes and how they may affect you.

Diversification fundamentals in portfolio construction

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Don’t put all of your eggs in the one basket”, but what does it mean? In this article, we explore the importance of diversification when it comes to portfolio construction.

EOFY planning: Tax and superannuation strategies

The end of financial year is close. In this article, we look at end of financial year planning strategies that may be worth considering, when it comes to tax and superannuation.

Financial mindsets of the super wealthy

Whilst on the path to financial freedom, occasionally it can be helpful to gain perspective along the way, by considering and then reflecting on the financial attitudes and behaviours of others. In this article, we look at several of the interesting findings from the 2017 Wealth Report.

2017 Budget: Fairness, opportunity and security

The 2017-18 Federal Budget delivered on the 9 May 2017 was packed with several already anticipated moves, whilst also delivering a few surprises. In this article, we provide a summary of the main announcements that may affect you.

Small business CGT concessions

If you are considering selling a small business or the assets it uses, you may be eligible for a range of CGT concessions to help reduce the capital gains tax associated with the sale. We discuss the several concessions that may be available to you.

Exploring goals-based investing

The foundation of goals-based investing lies in ensuring that there is alignment between your financial goals and objectives, tolerance for risk and the way your investment portfolio is ultimately invested. We explore this in a little more detail.

Update: Superannuation reform package

The dust has now settled, and several new tax and superannuation bills have been formally passed through the House of Representatives and Senate corresponding to the Government’s ‘Superannuation Reform Package’ announced back in the 2016 Federal Budget. The majority of the Government’s proposed changes have made it through parliament.

The three-bucket approach to retirement investing

When devising a retirement plan, there are several different strategies that a financial adviser can employ to make sure that you have enough to meet your retirement lifestyle needs. This may or may not include relying in part or in whole on other sources of income such as the Age Pension at some stage. We’ll focus on one such strategy – the ‘bucket’ approach.

The sharing economy and pre-retirees

According to recent data, there has been an increase in the number of pre-retirees – 55-64 year olds, participating in the sharing economy (such as Uber, Airbnb and Gumtree) in an attempt to boost their wealth and income.

Multiple super accounts and you

Regardless of your age, one of the ways to help you grow your wealth and prepare for retirement is to take an active interest in your super sooner rather than later. A good place to start is with some simple housekeeping. If you have multiple super accounts weigh up the pros and cons and consider the impact this may have on your end ‘retirement nest egg’. 

Making sense of your super statement

It’s that time of year again, it won’t be long now before your annual superannuation statements will arrive (if they haven’t already). Superannuation can be full of confusing terms. Deciphering the jargon can be a challenge. We explore some common terms to help you.

Will you be affected by changes to the Age Pension?

The proposed changes to the Centrelink Age Pension announced in last years’ federal budget are now law, and will take effect from 1 January 2017. Two significant changes will be imposed, these may be good and bad news for Age Pensioners. It’s important to review these changes and understand how they may impact your or your family member’s entitlement.

5 resolutions for a new financial year

A new financial year, just like a new calendar year is a great time to set new goals and make resolutions. For many people, setting resolutions is the easy part, but sticking to them can be quite difficult - some tricks on setting resolutions you can actually achieve.

The hunt for yield - investing in a low return environment

In the current environment many investors are seeking additional sources of return for their portfolios, but with slower economic growth and low interest rates this can be difficult to find and can often lead to investing in higher risk strategies.

Your guide to utilising super contributions

This year's Federal Budget included an array of changes to superannuation, for many people, this has created a window of opportunity to utilise super contributions prior to 1 July 2017. Here's what you need to know.

2016 Federal Budget Overview - How it affects your family and your wallet.

The 2016 Federal Budget may impact you more than you think, mainly because your tax dollars go towards making it happen, but also because changes were announced that affect nearly every Australian.

Get a head start - 5 things you can do now to plan for financial year end

Tax time can be a breeze for some and a nightmare for others. As we are just a few months away from the end of financial year, now is the perfect time to organise your financial affairs with our end of financial year planning tips!

Taking a break? Don't forget your super.

People often take a break from work to manage changes in their lives. When this happens, they’re also taking a break from receiving super contributions, which may affect their retirement savings. But there are things you can do to help manage this gap.

Changes to the Personal Asset Rules for SMSFs

New changes to the Personal Asset rules for SMSFs will affect which assets count as investments and how they are to be treated if held by the SMSF. Review the changes to ensure you are across this before 1 July.

Back to School: Teaching Gen Y About Money

If you have a Gen Y in your family, you may have noticed that their attitude to money is different to yours. Here are some things you can do to help your Gen Y stay on track financially. 

Love Me, Love Me Not: Financial Considerations for Moving in Together

Moving in with a partner can be an exciting time, but don’t just jump in. Take the time to think upfront about the financial practicalities and what it could mean if things don’t go according to plan. This might apply to you or a loved one.

Top 10 Financial To-Dos

It’s nearly time to sign off from work and start the holidays. Give yourself a stress-free vacation knowing that your finances are taken care of by ticking off these financial ‘to-dos’. 

Don’t take a gamble: put a plan in place.

With so many decisions to make in life, we often forget to plan. But certain events are too important to gamble with - have you planned for the things that matter? 

Retirement living - more than meets the eye.

These days there are many different ways people can change their living situation as they get older.  Are you thinking about your next move? Explore the different options that might be suitable to you.

5 Things to Remember during Volatile Markets

The investment markets are volatile once again. So what should investors do? It can be difficult to sit tight during turbulent times, but it’s important to maintain a balanced perspective. Perhaps these reminders can help. 

The Money Needed for a Comfortable Retirement

We are living longer than we ever had before and the expectation is our life expectancy will keep increasing. So what income will we need in retirement, it ultimately depends on our desired lifestyle. Here are the numbers…

5 Important Things to Understand on your Super Statement

You might have already received your superannuation statement, if not it will arrive shortly. It is a great time to review the important aspects of your statement and what they mean to you. Here are 5 things we believe it is important to understand.

Smart Things To Do With Your Tax Refund

Have you spent your tax refund yet or are you planning to? There can be a number of worthwhile options when it comes to spending or investing your tax refund. You might utilise a couple of different ideas. We explore a few.

Parents Returning to Work

There are many things to consider when returning to work after caring for young ones. There are both financial and non-financial considerations. This article explores the important things that need to be considered.

What You Need to Know About Salary Sacrifice

You may have heard of the term salary sacrifice before but are not sure what it means or how it works? In this article we take a look at salary sacrifice in more detail as it relates to superannuation.

The Risks Facing Retirees

When it comes to retiring, there are a number of risks that retirees face that are specific to the retirement life stage. This article explores the most common risks retirees face and how to prepare for and manage them.

Four Ways to Boost Your Spouse’s Super

Is your superannuation balance bigger than your spouse’s? In this article we explore 4 common ways you can boost your spouse’s super balance.

‘Bob The Builder’ Budget – What’s in it for you?

The 2015 Federal Budget was relatively tame, with a big focus on creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. Our article looks at what’s in it for you. From the changes for the young and unemployed, for families, business owners, to the over 50's and the already retired.

Retirement is not for me!

While most of us can’t wait to finish work and retire an increasing number of Australians are also opting to maintain an active lifestyle and career into their 70’s and beyond. Why are people choosing to delay retirement?

Investment, Super or Mortgage - which may be appropriate?

Knowing just what to do with surplus cash can be difficult. How do you figure out whether it’s better to invest in your own name, pay down your mortgage or put more in your super fund?

Tax time basics – time to get sorted pre 30 June!

The end of another financial year is fast approaching and now is a great time to think about the ways you can build and protect your wealth. Here are some great ideas in the lead up to 30 June.

Five things every early retiree needs to know!

If an early retirement is something you aspire to, here are five things you need to know.

Take Control of Your Super

For most Australians, superannuation represents their largest single investment after buying their own home. The more you know about your super and the more control you have over it, the greater your chance of reaching your retirement income goals.

A simple guide to Superannuation anti-detriment payments

You may be aware that in the event that you are to pass away, your superannuation benefits will not automatically form part of your estate assets. Instead, superannuation death benefits are normally distributed via a beneficiary nomination.

Divorce and the Split of Assets

When a marriage, or a de-facto relationship breaks down, the task of separating finances can be very difficult and stressful. This article looks into the financial implications of divorce with regards to asset splitting.

Are you due a $500 Super Refund?

If you’re earning less than $37,000pa and you or your employer make concessional (before-tax) contributions to your superannuation fund then you may be eligible for a refund of up to $500pa. Our article explains how.

The Most Common Mistakes Retirees Make

Given the complexities of retiring, even with a plan, you can sometimes make mistakes.

But the good news is that we can learn from some of the more common mistakes that retirees make, in the hope that we may be able to avoid making them ourselves.

Understanding the Superannuation Bring Forward Rule

There are a few rules and limits with Non-Concessional Super Contributions. We explore the age-based contribution limits and the Bring Forward Rule and how they might apply to your situation.

It’s Never Too Early or Too Late To Save For Retirement

It’s never too early or too late to start planning for your retirement. We investigate what an average retirement income looks like and how much you might need to save in order to live a comfortable retirement.

Australian Federal Budget 2014

The Treasurer Joe Hockey announced the toughest Federal Budget since 1996 with the tightening of the nation’s belt and a focus on cost cutting to lower the nation’s $49.9 billion deficit. The budget measures announced propose a reduction in the deficit next year to $29.8 billion and a gradual decrease over the next 3 years following to an estimated $2.8 billion in 2017/18.

The Australian Federal Budget Explained

The Australia Federal Budget is a hot topic at the moment and this article is a timely discussion explaining why the Australian Government has a federal budget, what it is designed to do and how it is implemented.

Know your limits - changes to super contribution caps

From 1 July 2014, the non-concessional (after-tax) and concessional contributions limits will increase as a result of indexation in line with average wages (AWOTE). Find out more here.

Super for the Self Employed

Self Employed with no super. For 25% of self-employed Australian’s this is the reality they are currently facing. Just because super isn’t compulsory for the self-employed doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a priority. Our article explains why.

Making a Transition to Retirement

These days many people are choosing to make a more gradual transition from full-time work to retirement. This article explores the various ways a Transition to Retirement Strategy could benefit you if you are nearing retirement.

The Basics of Self Managed Super Funds

It seems almost every second day the financial media is discussing Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs). Over the past decade SMSFs have become very popular, although they are not necessarily well understood. So, what is a Self Managed Superannuation Fund, and what makes them different from a “standard” superannuation account?

When Age 65 is Too Young to Retire

Turning age 65 may signal retirement for many, but age is just one of many triggers that may indicate that you are ready to retire. In this article we look at three main considerations for timely retirement.

Concessions - Helping out Senior Australians

There is a range of concessions available to Senior Australians. The type of concessions that apply will largely depend on your age, location and whether you're eligible for a pension from Centrelink, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) or are considered to be a self-funded retiree.

Accessing Super

Understanding just when you are entitled to access your superannuation benefits can be confusing. Superannuation is designed to help you fund your retirement; therefore there are specific rules...

Tax Time Checklist

With the end of the financial year having just passed, it means it's now time to get ready to lodge your 2012/13 tax return!

This article provides our top tips to help you prepare and get the most from your 2012/13 tax return.

Aged Care Reform

When we were children, our parents spent a good deal of time taking care of us – and reminded some of us that one day, we would return the favour.

EOFY Planning

If you feel like you’ve run out of time to get your affairs in order, the good news is there’s a few considerations which can help minimise your tax, and make the most of the money you earn.

The 2013 Federal Budget

This year’s Federal Budget has been quoted as the Treasuer’s Swan Song. This article will briefly review the main points within the Budget.

From Proposal to Law

This article takes a brief look into what is actually involved in the Federal Parliamentary Process and the steps that need to be taken to make a proposal into law.

Proposed Super Changes

If you've been following the news over the past month, then you may have noticed the increased discussion taking place about proposed changes to the superannuation system announced by the Labor Government in April 2013.

What to do with your surplus income?

If your budget points to there being surplus income left over each pay, it helps to have a plan for these savings.

Where are Your Investments inside Super?

If you currently or previously have had a share portfolio or an investment property outside of super, you would usually be interested in how the investment is going. So where is your Super invested?

Who is the Beneficiary of your Super Fund?

Importantly, superannuation differs from most other investments as it is not distributed via your Will when you die. Instead, you nominate your desired beneficiary for your superannuation through your fund.

Age Pension

The Age Pension is a Government financial benefit paid to Australian residents upon reaching a certain age, ranging from 60 years and up.

The 2012 Robin Hood Federal Budget

If you missed the Budget, we have a summary for you, it has been described as taking from the rich and giving to the poor.

Compounding beyond interest

For some, it may seem trivial to review the nature of compounding, but it’s such a powerful tool for any investor that it warrants a review in this article.

Why bother planning money?

If you do have future financial goals, such as, retirement, buying a house, paying off your mortgage or buying a car or boat, then planning can certainly help achieve such goals in a timely and effective way.

Hi Mum and Dad - Can I have some money?

Although some parents are dead against it, many like the idea of giving their kids a bit of assistance to get started into adulthood. Regardless of what you look at, the earlier you start, the easier it will be.

Avoiding the financial skids

What does it mean to calibrate your confidence? Consider the accident ratios for young drivers. Drivers under 21 are more likely to be in a car accident than those over 21. Is the reason for this inexperience and therefore a lack of driving competence?

About Money Personality

Money Personality is an innovative tool which can be used to further understand your preferences for dealing with money. This article provides some interesting background on this concept.

An insane payrise

Before you ask for your next payrise, or receive your next payrise, ask yourself “is this going to be just another insane payrise?”
So what makes for an “insane payrise”?

Will Henry, or the Budget, Change Your Financial Future? Probably not

The Henry Report into the tax system is out, as well as the Government delivered their Budget for 2010. Taking a step back from the detail, one thing is guaranteed – our financial system will keep changing.

New Year Financial Resolutions

As there are so many areas of finance, it can be overwhelming to review every area of your finances. Here is a short list of suggestions that might help you choose some areas that you would like to review or make a change in.

Your Money Personality influences the car you buy

Your money personality indicates what you are likely to look at, and how you are likely to make a financial decision. It applies to both the significant and trivial, like buying a house, a car and an ice cream.

Sustainability Risk and Your Money Personality

What is the best way to achieve financial success? Money and finance have been around long enough now that surely someone has come up with the best way to achieve financial success.

What’s Your Money Personality?

70% of people experience conflict around money; perhaps the other 30% just don’t talk about it. Swiss psychologist Carl Jung believes that conflict is seldom based on what we are trying to achieve, but an outcome of disagreements on what is the best way to achieve what we want?