How important is money to your wellbeing?

How important is money to your wellbeing? Having more money should make us happier right? According to a number of different research reports, feeling good about life comes from a feeling of control over your finances, rather than how much money you have. Get tips on how to change your ways to boost financial wellbeing. The wellbeing formula for Australians After spending 15 years exploring what contributes most to the happiness of our population, Australian …

I’m young – do I need life insurance now?

I’m young – do I need life insurance now? Life insurance is usually not something people think about until they begin to accumulate assets, debts and dependants. And there can be a fair amount of information to sift through, including some little known and commonly misunderstood facts. But you shouldn’t leave it too late in life to think about your cover. By ensuring you have appropriate cover when young and fit, you could save yourself …

Insurance 101: what do you need and when?

Insurance 101: what do you need and when? There is a dizzying array of types of insurance available in Australia, although the average person probably won’t be needing aircraft or defamation insurance. But like death and taxes, the majority of people won’t be able to avoid getting at least some of the basic types of insurance such as motor vehicle, house and contents and health cover. Motor vehicle insurance Financial Planner AFP® Amanda Cassar of Wealth …

So you’re… starting a family

So you’re… starting a family Starting a family will bring you plenty of joy, but it will also create many challenges. In addition to possible sleepless nights and changes in your lifestyle, it could also affect you financially. First, there are the costs of raising a child. Research published by the Australian Institute of Family studies in April found the minimum weekly cost of one child in unemployed and low-income families ranges from $140 to $170 a …

How can I prepare my finances for having a family? (Video)

How can I prepare my finances for having a family? (Video)  Louise Lakomy CFP® Louise has a wide range of experience and depth of knowledge in all facets of financial planning providing advice over 15 years specialising in retirement strategies. As part of the Financial Planning Association’s Ask a Planner video series, Louise Lakomy CFP® answers the commonly asked question, “What can I do financially to prepare for having a family?” If you have …

Is your home underinsured?

Is your home underinsured? Cold weather and faulty appliances can be a dangerous combination in winter – especially if your home is underinsured. As we head into winter, now is the time to check your home heating appliances – and your home and contents cover. The cooler months typically see an uptick in home insurance claims with a rise of up to 47% in colder states like New South Wales though Victoria leads the country …

Your guide to getting the right personal insurance

Your guide to getting the right personal insurance Knowing you’re covered for what life has in store can really take a load off your mind. Our no-nonsense guide to personal insurance can get you on the right track to choosing cover that gives you peace of mind.   Online source: Produced by The Financial Financial Planning Association of Australia and published on 20 November 2017.  Original article.  

Why does insurance matter? The importance of insurance

Why does insurance matter? The importance of insurance If you’ve ever wondered about the value of insurance, find out about AMP’s approach to claims and what we paid in 2017. If you pay your insurance premiums and never get anything in return – other than the peace of mind of knowing you’re protected – you’re one of the lucky ones, blessed by good health and wellbeing. But for those that find themselves having to make …

Life cover – do you even have it?

Life cover – do you even have it? If you have family, dependents or debt, life insurance might be important, but one in four Aussies don’t know whether they have it. If you die and your life is insured, your beneficiaries receive a lump sum pay-out. This money can be the difference between the people who matter most to you enjoying a decent lifestyle or facing a financial struggle, yet one in four Australians aren’t …