Five money habits for a happy financial year

Five money habits for a happy financial year As you say goodbye to the 2015/16 financial year, it’s a good time to put new habits for success in place for the coming year. Here are our five tips to help you make a success of the coming year as you put your tax affairs in order and say goodbye to the 2015/16 financial year. 1. Set your goals Setting achievable goals and making a commitment …

Protecting your wealth

Protecting your wealth What is insurance? Insurance is a form of protection – a way to protect yourself, your family and the things you own if something goes wrong. It enables you to replace or repair your assets, whether those assets are your belongings or your capacity to earn income. Everybody’s circumstances are different, but insurance is important for everybody. Your need for insurance will change as you move through the different stages of your …

How (and why) to talk to your adult children about insurance

How (and why) to talk to your adult children about insurance Adult children living at home. It’s the premise for many a zany Hollywood comedy. Men in their ‘30s or ‘40s living with their mums, modern city families having to move to their parents’ country homes, houses packed to the rafters with multiple generations. Surprisingly, it’s the reality for a number of Australian families. Retirees looking forward to comfortable, leisurely lifestyles are suddenly saddled with …

Why your kids won’t listen to money advice

Why your kids won’t listen to money advice …and how you can bring them around Every parent wants the best for their children but kids often won’t listen to the wisdom of your experience, especially when it comes to money. Don’t give up! Here are some of the common beliefs and misconceptions kids have about managing money—and how you could get them to take your advice. 1. Money buys happiness This is one of life’s …

What exactly is income protection insurance and do I need it?

  What exactly is income protection insurance and do I need it? Have you ever wondered how you and your family would cope if you had an injury or illness and couldn’t work for several months… or even years? For some people, income protection insurance might be the answer. What exactly is income protection insurance and do I need it? Income protection insurance (or temporary incapacity or salary continuance insurance) provides cover if you can’t work …

Do you have a key person in your business?

  Do you have a key person in your business? If your business is like millions of other small or medium businesses in Australia, it’s likely that you’ll have one or more individuals whose involvement is critical to its success. This ‘key person’ might be important because of their investment or experience, their technical expertise or their business connections. And while we don’t like to think about it, no longer having this key person involved …

Fight for the fittest – Insurance discounts for the active

  Fight for the fittest – Insurance discounts for the active Rupert Murdoch wears one, so does Gwyneth Paltrow. Wearable fitness devices are the latest must-have accessory for health conscious media moguls, celebrities and ordinary Australians. So it was only a matter of time until health insurers got behind the trend. Some major health funds have recently launched campaigns to attract new members by offering them free fitness-tracking devices. Wristbands such as Fitbit, Polar Loop, …

Your essential 2016 checklist!

Your essential 2016 checklist! These tips can help your health, wealth and happiness flourish in the coming year. Another year has flashed by even quicker than the last. Now’s the time to look back on whether you achieved everything you wanted to last year―and set your goals for the coming year. Here are some tips to help you get organised. Health and fitness Make appointments for health and fitness assessments. Then set your goals and …

Insurance through my super

Insurance through my super Am I better off buying insurance through my super?   What are the benefits of Insurance through my super? Get more for less It can be cost effective to buy insurance through super. That doesn’t mean you won’t find cheaper cover outside your super fund. But it’s likely you’ll be better off because tax benefits mean you could end up paying less overall and group buying power—which normally comes with insurance …

Beyond children: safeguarding the future

  Beyond children: safeguarding the future With your house paid off, the children grown up and your retirement savings on target, you could be lulled into a false sense of security that you no longer need personal insurance. If you or your partner were to die, then little may change in your financial situation. But what would happen if one of your adult children had an accident and needed care for the rest of their …