Spending money in a cashless world

Spending money in a cashless world How the move to electronic payments could be making it easier to spend…and what to do about it. It’s Thursday morning and almost the end of the working week. You’re walking to the train station and you realise you’ve forgotten to top up your public transport card. No matter…a few clicks later and you’ve transferred $50 over. At the station you grab a takeaway flat white before the train …

Dealing with being asset rich and cash poor

Dealing with being asset rich and cash poor Reverse mortgages could be one way to help with living expenses, but they may also erode any equity you have in your home over time. Given longer life expectancies, the rising cost of living and the property boom, more and more retirees find themselves asset rich and cash poor. One option is to downsize to a cheaper home, but this often has major disadvantages. If they are …

Making the most of record low interest rates

Making the most of record low interest rates The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) took the cash rate to a record low of 1% in July, bringing mortgage rates to their lowest level in more than half a century. However, the low cash rate also means your money in the bank could be earning less interest. Why did the RBA cut rates? Rate cuts are a way for the RBA to help stimulate the economy. …

Helping grown-up children with their finances

Helping grown-up children with their finances It’s only natural to want to help your kids with big ticket items to give them a good start in life—particularly in an era when tuition fees and house prices make higher education and owning a home less affordable than in previous generations. But it can be difficult to know when to start turning off the tap. If you have an adult child who isn’t very good with money, …

Why people choose the wrong credit card

Why people choose the wrong credit card Now we have a bit more proof that these warnings from consumer advocates were spot on. As banks face pressure to live up to claims they “put customers first”, the Reserve Bank released research finding almost two out of three Australian cardholders receive no “net monetary benefit” from having a credit card. When you think about it, that’s a surprisingly high proportion of customers who are no better …

10 money conversations to have when your relationship heats up

10 money conversations to have when your relationship heats up It’s probably not the sexiest thing the two of you have on the to-do list but putting off talking about your financial expectations could see you butting heads. If you have been together for a while or are edging on making a big financial decision together, having the money talk could make a big difference to whether you go the distance. Here is a list …

How to adult—a quick guide to personal finances in your 20s

How to adult—a quick guide to personal finances in your 20s Getting to grips with debt, budget and cash flow It’s a pity there’s no handy ‘How to’ book to teach you about adult life, especially when it comes to finances. It’s something that you need to learn on the job. To make the task easier, here’s a breakdown of the three trickiest areas to get to grips with in your twenties – debt, cash …

6 ways to reduce your credit card debt once and for all

6 ways to reduce your credit card debt once and for all Here are some tips to start paying off your debt $45 billion. That’s how much Australians owe on their credit cards.i Now, perhaps that’s no drama if we’re not paying too much to access credit and we’re managing to avoid interest charges by paying back what we owe on time. But we paid a collective $1.5 billion in fees in 2016-17.i And we’re taking …

Debt – just how big a problem is it?

Debt – just how big a problem is it? Recent figures show personal debt levels in Australia are among the highest in the world. So does this mean we’re heading for a debt disaster? Or are we doing the right kind of borrowing to get ahead with finances? Find out what kind of debts can be a problem and how to keep borrowing within safe limits. Top five in the world for debt In Australia, …

Breaking the debt cycle: Tips for millennials

Breaking the debt cycle: Tips for millennials Research from James Walker-Powell CFP®, Principal at More4Life Financial Services shows millenials are having their lifestyle choices limited by debt. Find out more about how personal borrowing can hold you back and get guidance on how to keep your finances on track in your younger years. When borrowing becomes a problem As father to a daughter who left school recently, James takes both a professional and personal interest in the …