Aussie housing facing strong headwinds

Aussie housing facing strong headwinds The Australian housing market is in a more precarious position than the United States was before the global financial crisis (GFC), according to a new analysis from AMP Capital which shows households have frittered away record income rises by taking on debt to buy housing. Our mortgage-related debt is higher, property gross rental yields lower (suggesting over-valuation) and our prevailing interest rates are much lower leaving less buffer for interest …

Five, four, three… it’s not too late to get more in super

Five, four, three… it’s not too late to get more in super There’s a small window left before new rules stop you from adding as much to super as you can right now. It’s crunch time. Time to get advice before super as we know it changes. From 1 July 2017, new laws will limit the amount that goes into super across the board. And that means you need to be prepared and you need …

Changes to the Age Pension assets test

  Changes to the Age Pension assets test The government’s recent changes to the Age Pension could affect your ability to plan for a comfortable retirement. Recent reports[1] suggest that more than 300,000 Age Pensioners will have at least part of their pension cut, with just under 100,000 of these people losing all Age Pension entitlements, taking effect from January 2017.  The Age Pension and assets test explained The Age Pension provides income support and …

Get ready for the first year of retirement

Get ready for the first year of retirement Will you be a honeymooner, a go-getter or a relaxer? The first year of retirement is one of transition in which you will need to adjust to major changes that can bring big rewards. Some of the changes may include; preparing mentally for the shift to not working full-time, adjusting to not getting a regular salary, ensuring your money can last for about 30 years and keeping …

Aged Care – Changes to Assessment of Rental Income

Aged Care – Changes to Assessment of Rental Income Leaving the family home to enter residential care is a tough decision. On the one hand, you (or your loved ones) are leaving a place you’ve made your own over decades. On the other hand, those moving in to aged care often experience an immediate boost in quality of life – fewer responsibilities, more time for hobbies, a close-knit community of neighbours, and more. Making the …

Want To Save Money? Change Your Lifestyle

Want To Save Money? Change Your Lifestyle Money Saving Was Never Simpler! We keep looking for money saving tips and ways to grow money, but how many of us try to figure our mistakes that make us such money wasters? Money saving is not that much of a big deal as we have made it! The problem lies in our lifestyle. We have become so used to unnecessary luxuries that we cannot think of a …

4 Lies Money Wasters Tell Themselves

4 Lies Money Wasters Tell Themselves Standing on the shop and wanting to spend a fortune on the tons of merchandise that are around you, this is a normal happening for most of us that have shopping urges, yet deep down we do know the consequences of spending a fortune and so we tend to hold back for a while. Right at that moment a voice pops in the head and tells us exactly what …