5 days to get your finances in order

5 days to get your finances in order Our New Year challenge Too time poor for resolutions? Try our challenge instead New Year’s resolutions are such a drag, right? Whether it’s fitness, family or finances, the best laid plans rarely last beyond the first week of January. Life has a habit of getting in the way, especially these days with so many demands on your time. We get it. Things got a whole lot more …

Can refinancing my home loan save me money?

Can refinancing my home loan save me money? By replacing your home loan with a new one, you could take advantage of a better deal. Even if you secured a competitive package when you first took out your home loan, it’s worth reviewing each yeari to make sure the interest rates, fees, features and terms & conditions continue to meet your needs. And with interest rates at an all-time low in Australiaii, now may be a …

3 factors affecting Retirement income

3 factors affecting Retirement income High life expectancy and low interest rates may make it harder for some retirees to live long and prosper.  Here we look at three elements from an AMP Capital Investors reporti that affect a post-work reasonable income – interest rates, inflation, and longevity. 1. Interest rates – high valuations, low returns Historically low interest rates have driven valuations of defensive assets such as cash and fixed interest to unprecedented highs. Generally, …

Grow your super in the new year

Grow your super in the new year Making an extra voluntary contribution now might improve your lifestyle once you retire. A new year’s as good a time as any to make plans. How about a gift to your future self by maximising your retirement contributions? It’s not as far-fetched or self-absorbed as it might seem. If you think of this as investing in your future self or your loved ones, it could make good sense. …

Staying (Financially) well as the years go by

Staying (Financially) well as the years go by Our financial priorities tend to change as we move through life The good news from AMP’s 2018 Financial Wellness Indexi is that only 7% of Australian retirees aged 65 or over report being stressed about money. So if you’re feeling the pinch earlier in life there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Let’s take a closer look at how your financial wellness is likely to change …

Rebooting for retirement

Rebooting for retirement As retirement comes into view, it’s time to imagine a new you for the post-work age. You remember your first day at school, your first job, your first home. And now your final pay check is in sight. That’s quite an achievement. As with other big life events, retirement triggers choices that shape your future. It’s time to take stock and reboot your life. It makes sense to make sure you’re ready …