Your no. 1 financial focus – decade by decade

Your no. 1 financial focus – decade by decade Everyone has a different life journey they’re on. But getting on top of key financial goals as you follow your own path could see you enjoying a more comfortable lifestyle and being ready for the next chapter to begin. Read our guide to getting all your money matters sorted out, one decade at a time. In your 20s Goodbye debt – the real danger in your 20s …

13 commonsense tips to help manage your finances

13 commonsense tips to help manage your finances   Key points Getting your personal finances right can be a challenge. Here are 13 tips that may be of use: shop around when it comes to financial services; don’t take on too much debt; allow that interest rates can go up as well as down; allow for rainy days; credit cards are great but they deserve respect; use your mortgage (if you can) for all longer …

How important is money to your wellbeing?

How important is money to your wellbeing? Having more money should make us happier right? According to a number of different research reports, feeling good about life comes from a feeling of control over your finances, rather than how much money you have. Get tips on how to change your ways to boost financial wellbeing. The wellbeing formula for Australians After spending 15 years exploring what contributes most to the happiness of our population, Australian …

Home to roost: Advice for parents with adult kids living at home

Home to roost: Advice for parents with adult kids living at home Do you have adult children living with you? Thanks to housing affordability and stagnant wage growth, more kids are relying on Mum and Dad to keep a roof over their head well into their 20s and 30s. Get some advice on how to foster financial independence in your kids, so they’ll be ready to stand on their own two feet when they leave …

Here’s how to lead a happier life

Here’s how to lead a happier life From our beaches and outdoor lifestyle to our democracy and cultural diversity, there a lot to feel happy about in Australia. However, living a happy life doesn’t always come easy. Concerns about money, relationships and the future can often stand in the way of living the life you want. The good news is there are ways to take charge of your happiness. Measuring happiness It may sound simple …

Top 5 financial regrets

Top 5 financial regrets We all make bad decisions about money from time to time. But what if you could avoid future financial errors by learning what others have done and wish they hadn’t? In our Live the Dream survey we asked Aussies for their top financial regrets so you can learn from their mistakes. 1. Not saving enough More than one in three people surveyed wish they’d saved more. A strong saving habit is …

Wealth creation – what works for financial planning clients

Wealth creation – what works for financial planning clients Want to know how to set yourself up for a better financial future? Get tips from 6 top financial planners on behaviours that lead to success in wealth creation. 1. Set goals and make a plan – Michelle Tate-Lovery CFP®, Principal Adviser and Director, Unified Financial Services Knowing what your goals are and how you’re going to get there is a very important first step on the …

Sharing financial wisdom between the generations

Sharing financial wisdom between the generations Money know-how can come from anyone, young or old. When it comes to financial wisdom, author and speaker Kylie Travers and actor and singer Charmaine Bingwa have taken their lead from the previous generation. Save and save some more There’s no getting around it, getting on top of your finances means saving and saving means having discipline. Both Kylie and Charmaine learnt from their parents – and grandparents in …

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. …

Realising your goals through financial planning (video)

Realising your goals through financial planning (video)  You might think that financial planners solve money problems. Financial planning is about so much more than this. It’s about bringing your dreams to life, identifying your life goals, hopes and dreams – and putting in place a financial plan to get your there. Here Isobella explains how meeting a financial adviser made her feel like she could focus on the future. If you have a question you’d …