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What is financial planning?

If you could achieve your financial goals by simply putting money away in the bank, you wouldn’t need a financial plan. Unfortunately, life is a little more complex – it’s hard to understand the intricacies of investment, taxation and ever-changing rules and regulations, so you need professional help. Yet many of us resist seeking advice, … Read more

Teaching your kids to spend wisely

There are many reasons we fall into the trap of overspending. One reason is we get bombarded with very effective advertising on social media where data scientists and algorithms seem to know what we will be tempted by before we do. Perhaps we are emotional spenders and buy things because it feels good. Maybe we’re … Read more

Do I need insurance cover?

“Do I really need this insurance?” It’s probably a question you’ve asked at some point when deciding whether to part with your money. But maybe the real question should be “What if I became ill, how would we cope?” Your health and wellbeing is the most important asset you have, so it pays to put … Read more

8 indicators you may not be ready to retire

Retirement is a period of life that many people spend years dreaming about: the chance to finally leave work behind and enjoy much-needed time with family and friends. While it’s natural to be excited about retirement, it’s worth getting all your ducks in a row before you say goodbye to work – and a regular … Read more

3 out of 4 households in Australia have debt

3 out of 4 households in Australia have debt, and of those, 30% have accumulated debt more than 3 times their annual disposable income. It can be really challenging to get on top of debt and to find ways to pay it down, especially when interest rates are rising. However, a financial adviser can help. … Read more

Key things for investors to keep in mind during times of market turmoil

Key points Share markets have fallen sharply in recent weeks continuing the plunge that started early this year due to worries about inflation, monetary tightening, recession and geopolitical issues including the invasion of Ukraine. It’s still too early to say markets have bottomed. This will weigh on super returns for this financial year. Selling shares … Read more

What is gazumping and how to prevent it happening to you

Picture the scene. You’ve found your dream home—a short stroll to the local schools, close to a leafy park to walk the dog and on a quiet residential street with the best coffee in town right on the corner. You’ve agreed a price with the seller. You’ve organised your deposit. And you’ve arranged a building … Read more

Scammers targeting victims through money recovery scams

Scamwatch is warning people to be aware of uninvited offers of help to recover money for an up-front payment, following a spike in reports of money recovery scams. These scams target people who have already lost money to a previous scam by promising to help victims recover their losses after paying a fee in advance. … Read more

Say goodbye to tax troubles

Do you find yourself drowning in random receipts when EOFY comes around? Learn to lodge your tax return the easy way with these last-minute and longer-term tax hacks. Tax paperwork is something few of us take in our stride. In fact, the majority of people hand over much of this responsibility to someone more qualified. … Read more

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