The big-spending overindulgence of the festive period can often leave people well and truly in the red. The financial ‘hangover’ associated with spending too much money on Christmas presents, family gatherings, and all the little bits in between may even linger beyond the first few weeks of the new year. Savings are down, credit cardread more
Retirement means different things for different people – it could be an opportunity to travel, spend more time with family, take up new hobbies, or just take it easy for a while; knowing you’ve earned every bit of it after many years in the workforce. But when you’re gearing up for the end of yourread more
When it comes to investment, fluctuations in prices, the availability of information and volatile economic conditions all play a part in the decisions that investors make. Behind all of this, though, is a whole suite of cognitive biases that sometimes lead to poor investment decisions. Simply put, a cognitive bias is a natural, hard-wired, systematicread more
Who says the turn of a new calendar year is the only time you can set some resolutions? With money on our mind as one financial year rolls to the next, now is a great time to set some goals for taking control of your personal finances. But where to start? Simply “saving more money”read more
As life moves forward, it is important to be more mindful of where our money goes, and how we allocate our spending. This is particularly relevant at retirement, as our regular source of income can change from wages to a pension. Recent statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics outlines the spending habits ofread more
Good money management and financial discipline and acumen are not often associated with youth. In fact, quite the opposite seems to be the stereotype. Trying economic conditions combined with a desire to enjoy your twenties often leaves a little to be desired in the savings department, and many in this age bracket find themselves strugglingread more
It’s early January – the festive season and New Year’s celebrations are done and dusted. Now is the time of year we’ve all fielded the age-old question: “What are your New Years’ Resolutions?” For some it may be losing weight, getting a better job, hitting a personal milestone or climbing Mt Everest; but we couldread more
Discretionary trusts and private companies are used extensively by small and medium sized business owners and families, and have been proven to provide tax effective strategies during business and working lives. However, there are implications in retirement around means testing, including for pensions and fees for aged care. Case Study In a recent case, aread more
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