Retraining your savings brain

  Retraining your savings brain Where there’s a will there’s a way, especially when it comes to saving. The latest scientific findings reveal that although fewer than 25 per cent of us have a genetic predisposition to squirrel money away for the future, we can all learn to save if …

Investing in a holiday home

Investing in a holiday home Is it really your great Aussie dream? It happens every year. You’re strolling down the high street of your local beachside town enjoying a long hot summer with the family when a holiday home in the real estate agents’ window catches your eye. And you …

Cyber Crime – how to protect yourself

  Cyber Crime – how to protect yourself With the flurry of online spending during the holiday season, now is a good time to review how well you’re protected against Cyber Crime. The internet brings many positives but it’s also allowed fraudsters to develop numerous and elaborate ways to exploit …

Saving in a material world

  Saving in a material world It’s not easy to be thrifty in our consumer society. We’re surrounded by so much temptation that it can be difficult to avoid spending money. So why not try taking a break from spending? If you can tighten your belt on the little things, …

Save Money Even When You Dine Out

Save Money Even When You Dine Out The reaction of most people with limited amount of money when they hear a dining out plan is the sigh “expensive”. It is true that dining out in most restaurants is an expensive venture, but you can still enjoy the occasional meal dining …

Isn’t it better to give than to receive?

Isn’t it better to give than to receive? You start with the best intentions to embrace the true spirit of the season but, by about December 23, it’s reduced to a manic rush to the shops highlighted by car park rage, last-minute trips to 7-11 for wrapping paper and catering …

A Few Summer Credit Card Blunders And How To Avoid Them

A Few Summer Credit Card Blunders And How To Avoid Them Summer is usually the time for people to sit back and relax. All through the year, hardworking round the clock means some well needed rest is deserved. But beware to not let the leisure and complacency extend to your …

Go easy on the plastic over Christmas

  Go easy on the plastic over Christmas With the silly season fast approaching, it’s time to start planning how you pay for Christmas. From gifts to food, the tab can add up quickly. If this year is anything like last Christmas, on average we’ll each spend an extra $1,079 …

The search for alpha

  The search for alpha Investment experts often talk about alpha and beta, but what do these terms mean? While it may sound like Greek to you, and it is, it’s not as complicated as you might think. Beta is simply what any particular market or index does – it’s …

3 ways to get a foot on the property ladder

3 ways to get a foot on the property ladder Creative ideas for younger Australians to invest in property It won’t come as a huge surprise to learn that Australian homes are among the most expensive in the world. In a recent surveyi every Australian town and suburb was rated …