What are managed funds?

What are managed funds? You’ve probably heard friends or family say they have invested in managed funds, but what are these, how do they work and are they right for you? What is a managed fund? A managed fund is run by a professional fund manager, who pools together money from individual investors to invest in assets. There are many types of managed funds. Each will have a specific investment objective, usually focused on different asset …

Get social to boost your savings

Get social to boost your savings Want to get on the fast-track to your financial goals? Partner with a money buddy or join a support group and you could find yourself saving more and getting closer to your goals. When you’re making a firm commitment to boosting your savings, getting help doesn’t have to mean cutting up your credit card or keeping away from shopping malls. With support and encouragement from your financial allies, you could …

New rules to benefit those downsizing for retirement

New rules to benefit those downsizing for retirement Downsizers can now make an after-tax contribution to their super of up to $300,000, using the proceeds from the sale of their main residence. Australians aged 65 and over who are downsizing for retirement can now contribute the proceeds from the sale of their main residence (up to $300,000) into super1. We take a look at what this could mean for you, bearing in mind that like with …

What are the benefits of a split home loan?

What are the benefits of a split home loan? If you can’t decide between a fixed or variable rate, a split rate home loan could provide the best of both worlds. If you’re about to take out a home loan and are looking for some protection against interest rate rises, a fixed rate home loan may sound like the loan for you. On the other hand, if you don’t want to miss out on the benefits of …

Redundancy

Redundancy This can be a rather unsettling period as there are many factors to consider such as the loss of your job, the prospect of having to look for a job, ensuring your finances are met and the lump sum payout you will receive. It may seem tempting at first to blow your payout on that big holiday you have always wanted to go to but what if you don’t have any income for a …

Relationship breakdown

Relationship breakdown It’s a sad fact, but according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2012, there were 49,917 divorces granted in Australia, an increase of 982 (2.0%) compared to 2011. People between 40-44 years of age had the highest percentage of divorces granted, with 16.9% of males and 17.6% of females being granted a divorce falling in the age group in 2012. In the midst of all the emotional turmoil caused …