5 ways to help prepare your finances for a recession

5 ways to help prepare your finances for a recession If you think storms may lie ahead, it makes sense to prepare your craft for choppy waters. With Australia facing continued economic uncertainty, it may be time to take stock of your finances and get in the right shape. First the good news. The Australian economy fared better in the first quarter of 2020 than many other countries¹. To the end of March, the economy …

Essential checklist for the end of financial year

Essential checklist for the end of financial year The end of financial year on 30 June is a good time to take stock and get your finances in order. This is an end of financial year like no other. Being prepared, reviewing your super contributions and submitting your return on time are good policies every year, but the shadow of COVID-19 (coronavirus) means many of us face unexpected pressures in a changing economic environment. Many …

Deferring gratification

When it comes to teaching kids about healthy money habits, there are few lessons more important than being able to defer gratification. By helping kids learn to put off what they want right now and save instead, they’ll be better equipped with the skills to be financially secure adults. Deferring gratification While it is possible to help kids have a money-saving mindset by teaching them to delay gratification, it’s a lesson that can take time …

Money Saving Mindset – How to encourage a money-saving mindset in your kids

Money Saving Mindset – How to encourage a money-saving mindset in your kids The right time to teach kids about saving money might be sooner than you think. The surprising truth is, kids form their money habits very early on. Behaviour experts at Cambridge University1 found children’s money habits are formed by the age of 7.     With that in mind, it’s never too early to start teaching your kids how to make good decisions about …

Teaching your kids to spend wisely

Teaching your kids to spend wisely There are many reasons we fall into the trap of overspending. One reason is we get bombarded with very effective advertising on social media where data scientists and algorithms seem to know what we will be tempted by before we do. Perhaps we are emotional spenders and buy things because it feels good. Maybe we’re trying to keep up with the Joneses, or perhaps we lose track of how …

Covid-19: Early Access to Super and FAQs | Q&AMP

Covid-19: Early Access to Super and FAQs The federal government is allowing early access to super funds for Australians impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). AMP Capital senior economist Diana Mousina and financial adviser John Dani share the pros and cons, plus what you need to know before accessing your super. Watch to find out if you’re eligible for a lump sum payment under the Australian government’s new early access to super scheme and what the early …

Dividends explained

Dividends explained If you are a shareholder of a company, you may receive payments known as dividends. These payments represent your share of the company’s profits and are your reward for investing. Dividends may be a great way to boost your income and are often considered tax effective. Find out exactly how they work and how often you’ll get paid. Why and when companies pay dividends When a publicly listed company makes a profit, its …

Make Australia Save Again

Make Australia Save Again Are you one of the 20 per cent of Australians with less than $250 in their savings account?i Recent research from AMP Bank has found that one in five Australians isn’t saving any of their monthly income. And we’re all different when it comes to saving. People in Tasmania and Western Australia have the least amount of savings, while men on average have nearly 20 per cent more money saved than …

How to create realistic goals….and stick to them.

How to create realistic goals….and stick to them. Whether it’s finances or fitness, spending time on setting your goals can reap rewards. When it comes to the big things in life we all have our goals. Getting promoted at work. Educating the kids through school. Saving for a comfortable retirement. It’s important to aim high. But if the goals you set are overambitious, with no checkpoints along the way, you could be setting yourself up …

5 days to get your finances in order

5 days to get your finances in order Our New Year challenge Too time poor for resolutions? Try our challenge instead New Year’s resolutions are such a drag, right? Whether it’s fitness, family or finances, the best laid plans rarely last beyond the first week of January. Life has a habit of getting in the way, especially these days with so many demands on your time. We get it. Things got a whole lot more …