What is financial planning?

What is financial planning? Regardless of your age, life stage or wage, a financial planner can work with you to reach your financial and life goals, whether short-term or long-term. This article offers an introduction to what financial planning is, how it works, and how it can benefit you. What is financial planning? Financial planning is about developing strategies to help you manage your financial affairs and meet your life goals – and the first …

5 questions to ask your financial planner

5 questions to ask your financial planner Finding the right financial planner for your needs, goals and life stage is essential to help you achieve your financial goals. As a specialist profession, it’s important to check your financial planner is professionally licensed and qualified to provide you with advice. Equally important is the rapport you have with them – it should be comfortable and feel like the right fit from the start. Here are five …

So, you’re starting a business…

So, you’re starting a business… Whether you’ve been plotting it for years or just recently decided to go for it, starting your own business is a big leap. Now that you’re taking the first steps, pause for a moment to consider some often-overlooked factors that will set you up for success. While these may not be as exciting as dreaming up your vision or designing your marketing, building these tasks into your planning will give …

What is a Power of Attorney?

What is a Power of Attorney? Just as having a Will ensures assets are managed properly when you die, a Power of Attorney allows someone else to look after your finances when you’re unable to. Phillip Richards, Director of Endorphin Wealth Management explains more about what’s involved in having a Power of Attorney and why you’d be wise to have one, just in case. What is a Power of Attorney? There are different types of Powers of Attorney you …

Finding the right financial planner for you

Finding the right financial planner for you How should you start your search for a financial planner? There are some fundamentals you should look for in the first instance. A license to provide financial advice – Always look for a financial planner who works for a firm that holds an Australian Financial Services (AFS) License issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). You can verify the financial planner is licensed by checking ASIC’s Financial …

What’s an SOA?

What’s an SOA? When you’re presented with a Statement of Advice (SOA), it helps to know what to look for. Here’s our guide on what to expect from an SOA so you can be sure you’re getting advice and products to suit your needs. After meeting with a financial planner and discussing your goals and circumstances, they’ll give you a Statement of Advice (SOA). In a nutshell, it’s a summary of the strategy and products …

Why an emergency fund should be your first investment (Video)

Why an emergency fund should be your first investment (Video)  Saving money for a rainy day might not seem like the best start to investing for the future, but it’s actually a very important part of any plan to grow your wealth. Find out how much you need and how it could save you from unwelcome debt and stress in the future. Setup a Financial Safety Net. Online source: Produced by The Financial Financial …

Keeping success in your sights

Keeping success in your sights What’s the most important thing you should do to make a success of your life? We talked to singer and actress Charmaine Bingwa about the X-factor that gets her where she wants to be. Discipline from the very beginning I was born in Australia, but my parents moved here from Zimbabwe. They arrived with almost nothing, about $500 was all the money they had. And so they worked hard, saved …

What is an index?

What is an index? When people talk about the share market having gone up or down, what they are usually are referring to is an index. But what is an index and why is it important? An index measures how a certain part of the share market is performing. Typically, each index consists of the shares that make up that part of the market. By combining these shares together, the index will give you a …

What is diversification?

What is diversification? Diversifying your investments will reduce their risks and volatility, but what does it involve? Often described as “not putting all your eggs in one basket”, diversification is crucial to reducing the volatility of investing. It’s about spreading your risks. We know that the markets for different asset classes – such as bonds, shares, property or infrastructure – can go up and down for many reasons, but they usually don’t move in exactly the same way. While one market …