The skills you need for big money choices

The skills you need for big money choices Even when you’ve got the skills to budget for your household, making big financial decisions can seem beyond you. You might feel like you lack the knowledge or confidence to plan for your financial future, instead of just managing day-to-day. So just what is that holds you back from getting in control of your finances and feeling confident about your future? In a 2018 report from UBS, …

Caring for our elders at Christmas

Caring for our elders at Christmas We can all feel the pressure on our household budget during the festive season. But when that pressure gets passed on to older family members as a request for a handout or loan, financial abuse can end up being the outcome. Find out more about elder financial abuse, what to watch out for and what to do about it. What is elder financial abuse? According to the World Health Organisation, …

Not just about the money

Not just about the money Thinking of a new job in the new year? With wage growth staying low, better benefits and work-life balance could be something to look for in your next role. Find out about the latest workplace trends for supporting employees with their health, finances and work-life balance. The salary ceiling While the wage growth rate in Australia for 2018 may be up on last year, it’s still very low with second …

Are you a money pushover?

Are you a money pushover? Being loyal, generous and spontaneous are all positive human traits. But if you’re spending more than you need to because you can’t say no, then it could be time to own up to being a money pushover. Get tips on how to stop compromising on your finances and start standing up for yourself. If you’re shy about coming forward to collect money you’re owed and always the one picking up …

Being a smart Santa with your gift budget

Being a smart Santa with your gift budget When you’re under pressure to give that perfect present at Christmas it can be much harder to stick to a budget. Find ways to make your gift budget go further with our top tips for giving generously without going overboard on spending. When giving gets expensive According to comparison website finder.com, the average Aussie is planning to spend $464 on Christmas gifts in the lead up to …

Your festive finances

Your festive finances Debt isn’t a welcome guest for any family at Christmas time. And yet blowing the budget and paying it all back next year is tempting when we’re trying to make it the best festive season ever. Get tips on how to keep your finances in the best of shape as you get ready for Christmas so you can enjoy a debt and stress-free new year. The festive debt hangover Getting into debt …

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 …

How much super should I have?

How much super should I have? It’s all very well having retirement savings as a financial goal, but just how much should you plan to have in your super balance now, and when you retire? Find out more about coming up with a super balance target, for your age group, and for the retirement lifestyle you have in mind. Above or below average? Assuming you’ve been in the workforce for a few months, years or …

The super split

The super split By the time you retire your super may be one of your biggest assets. So when it comes to a divorce, it’s a very important part of a financial settlement. Find out from legal and financial experts what you need to know, and what to keep in mind when it comes to super and separating your family finances. Splitting your financial assets during divorce is often a complex and difficult process. In …