Money can buy you happiness, you’re just spending it wrong

Money can buy you happiness, you’re just spending it wrong This is the view of Dr Michael Norton from Harvard Business School. Michael’s research indicates that money can indeed make you happy if you use it to buy experiences, time, or invest in others. Buying experiences – when we buy experiences, we don’t just buy the duration of that experience. Michael’s team’s research found that we’re happiest the day before leaving for a holiday–the anticipation is …

Money can buy you happiness – if you spend it right

Money can buy you happiness – if you spend it right At AMP’s recent Amplify program, high-profile Harvard Business professor and behavioural finance expert, Michael Norton, asked the crowded room a question. If you found $20 in the street today, how would you spend it to make yourself happiest?  Norton, whose TED Talk on money and happiness has attracted almost 3.5 million views, followed up with another question: Think of the last $20 you had …

Why tax aware investing can help boost retirement income

Why tax aware investing can help boost retirement income With the huge bulge of baby boomers entering retirement, and yields at near-record lows, there is an emerging rediscovery of the vital role equities can play in delivering retirement outcomes. Equities provide retirees with a regular and reliable income that grows over time. They not only generate income and strong expected returns, but also protect against inflation risk and longevity risk (the risk of outliving your …

Can delayed gratification help you with your finances?

Can delayed gratification help you with your finances? The benefits of delayed gratification and how it can help you achieve your financial goals. Are you the type of person who always has to have the latest clothes, smart technology or gym gear? If you answered yes to this question, you could be a person who likes instant gratification, that is, you like to indulge in instant reward now, rather than exercising self-control1, in return for a …

How can I make my dream home a reality?

  How can I make my dream home a reality? Only you can choose the best home for you. But finding a smart way to buy it will probably take some help. Just like engaging an architect to draw a blueprint of your dream home, you may like to consider speaking to a financial expert to help plan the best way to finance your new home. How expert advice can really help There are plenty …

How can property make me better off?

  How can property make me better off? If you’ve built up some equity over the years, it may be time to look at the options your property may give you. Here are four possibilities that could help you: You could buy an investment sooner. Borrowing against the value of your home—which is one way you can access your equity—may enable you to buy an investment sooner than if you had to save the money. …

How You Can Save Money On Back To Back When Shopping For School?

How You Can Save Money On Back To Back When Shopping For School? When the vacations are over, the excitement of children is at their peaks. A new school year is a beautiful new prospect for students each year with parents often rejoicing the steps on the ladder of education by their child. Yet the start of the school year can be a worrying sign for some families that believe firmly in budgets since new …

ASPIRATIONS Newsletter

ASPIRATIONS Newsletter Welcome to the latest edition of our client online newsletters, Our articles cover a range of topics which we hope you will find interesting. We aim to keep you informed of changes as they happen, but we also want to provide ideas to help you live the life you want – now and in the future. Our Latest Newsletter             Autumn 2019       Newsletter Archives   …

How Reducing Your Electricity Bill Can Save You Money

How Reducing Your Electricity Bill Can Save You Money Did you know that you could save additional money if you remembered to turn off the lights? It’s true, you can save money, but the trick to do it effectively is to let your family know the importance of not wasting electricity. If you want to lower your next electricity bill, follow these simple ways to reduce your bill: 1.     Turn Off the Lights The most …