Diversified funds’ performance – how did they do that?

Diversified funds’ performance – how did they do that? 12 July 2017 Comparing managed funds can be confusing because, contrary to current practices, evaluating performance is not all about returns – it’s also about how much risk you as the end investor took to get there. So how can you measure your fund’s level of risk? Below are four broad indicators to watch for: Exposure to growth assets – this is the most common method of …

Do parents make good employees?

Do parents make good employees? Research reveals surprising correlations between productivity and parenthood. It’s official: Australia is the most expensive country to live ini. So it’s no wonder that more and more parents are working while raising a family. In fact, recent media reports say Aussie parents work more than parents in other countriesii and 90% of Australian mothers always or often feel rushed or pressed for timeiii. But what’s the impact on the work …

Do you have a key person in your business?

  Do you have a key person in your business? If your business is like millions of other small or medium businesses in Australia, it’s likely that you’ll have one or more individuals whose involvement is critical to its success. This ‘key person’ might be important because of their investment or experience, their technical expertise or their business connections. And while we don’t like to think about it, no longer having this key person involved …

Do You Know the Difference between Needs and Wants?

Do You Know the Difference between Needs and Wants? What’s one reason why people aren’t able to save money? They don’t know the difference between their needs and wants, resulting in too many unwanted things spilling out of your cupboards, closets, and drawers. In order to prevent their desires from controlling their thoughts, they need to differentiate between what they need and what they can do without. Here’s how to start: 1.     Make a List …

Family matters: Becoming a parent

Family matters: Becoming a parent You often hear new parents say that having a baby is an amazing, life changing experience. Nothing is ever the same again! At a time when every aspect of your life is changing, the last thing you want to think about is money. But while there may not be ways to reduce the financial commitments, there are things you can do to plan and manage them more effectively. Common questions …

Family matters: Educating the kids

Family matters: Educating the kids A good education is one of the best gifts you can give your child, but although it doesn’t have to, it can cost a lot of money. A little research and planning now could save you some financial worries in the long run. The earlier you start to save the better. Common questions to consider Some questions you may wish to consider include: How much will my children’s education cost? …

Family matters: Getting married

Family matters: Getting married Getting married is an exciting time in life but it can also be a time of significant financial change. Common questions to consider Some questions you may wish to consider include: How do we set a budget for our dream wedding? What are the joint financial decisions we should be thinking about now we are getting married? Do we need a Will when we are married? What types of insurance do …

4 Things You Wouldn’t Think You Need to Budget For, but Need to Do

4 Things You Wouldn’t Think You Need to Budget For, but Need to Do Most people that start a budget tend to overlook some important things such as repairs when making a budget. When the need for a repair arises, they have to take money out of their savings or take money out from other areas of the budget such as money allocated for food. In doing so, it may ruin their finances. Our advice …

What Can You Do When Your Partner Refuses to Save Money?

What Can You Do When Your Partner Refuses to Save Money? Are you the responsible one in the family? Do you wish your significant other was just like you when it came to saving money? Unfortunately, you cannot have everything in life that you wished for. If your partner is bad with money and you are tired of telling him or her to straighten out their act, it’s time that you take the matter into …