How to invest in property without actually buying one

How to invest in property without actually buying one You don’t have to be a landlord, deal with tenants or put a deposit down on a home to get your foot in the property market. While investing in property may be a dream of yours, saving for a deposit, dealing with tenants and paying off a mortgage mightn’t be. The good news is there are opportunities where you can invest in property without actually buying one, with …

Scaling down to retirement – tips and tricks

Scaling down to retirement – tips and tricks If you were scaling down to retirement, what would it mean to you? Would you draw a line in the sand where one day you’re working full-time and the next day a whole new world of recreation opens up to you? Or would you gradually reduce paid work and swap it for travel, hobbies, looking after the grandchildren or other things? I was speaking to a good …

5 financial hacks to set you up for life

5 financial hacks to set you up for life With life’s big financial milestones just around the corner getting off to a good start in your 20s and 30s will help set you up for financial freedom later in life. We asked senior financial adviser, Nga Vu, from Kearney Group, for some simple ways to manage your finances each step of the way. Getting married Q: Transitioning from ‘my’ money to ‘our’ money can be tricky. …

Investment 101: what are your options?

Investment 101: what are your options? Nobody has a crystal ball to look into the future, but it’s important to have a general understanding of how investing works so you can build your assets for financial security. And it doesn’t hurt to know your options and be aware of potential associated risks and returns. Investment 101: what are your options? Risky business You may have heard the term “risk” mentioned when it comes to investing, but …

Your money goals and how to reach them

Your money goals and how to reach them It’s easy to have big ideas about your financial future, but harder to achieve them. As most dieters know, you can follow the best dieting program, but struggle to stick to it. The same is true for your financial goals, whatever they include, and the plan you draw up to achieve them. Even with the best intentions, it’s easy to fall “off the wagon”. Life is full …

How should I approach investing at each life stage? (Video)

How should I approach investing at each life stage? (Video)  Brian May CFP® Brian May is a financial planning and wealth management specialist, with over 20 years’ experience in financial services and international merchant and investment banking. As part of the Financial Planning Association’s Ask a Planner video series, Brian May CFP® answers the commonly asked question, “What approach to investing is optimal at each life stage?” If you have a question you’d like …

Investing for kids – ways to save for their future

Investing for kids – ways to save for their future Whether you’re thinking about childcare, education or beyond, saving even a bit now could make a big difference later. It’s natural to want the best for the children in your life, whether you’re their parent, step-parent, carer, aunty, uncle, grandparent or even godparent. And, while money won’t be the be all and end all when it comes to raising happy little humans, you’d probably agree …

Money mistakes people make in their 50s and 60s

Money mistakes people make in their 50s and 60s Avoid these common money traps to make sure you have enough put aside for a comfortable retirement. When you’re in your 50s and 60s, you know you’ve worked long and hard for what you’ve achieved in life and probably have a fair idea of how you want to live in your future retirement. But it’s important not to become complacent and ignore the warning signs of …

Should you lend money to family?

Should you lend money to family? What you should consider before handing over your hard earned savings You’re probably fairly used to helping your family out with a little extra cash here and there. Whether it’s pocket money for doing chores, or money to pay phone bills, go see a movie or buy clothes, for example. But what happens when they put their hands out for help to buy the big ticket items? They might …

How to make technology work for you

How to make technology work for you Automate the boring things Set up direct debits so your bills are paid on time without having to remember all the due dates. And if your credit card is weighing you down, set up a regular payment and pay the full amount each month if you can to avoid more interest. Or at least pay the minimum monthly amount before the due date rolls around. You’ll have peace …