2021-22 saw poor investment returns – the bad news and the good | AMP Capital

2021-22 saw poor investment returns – the bad news and the good Key points 2021-22 was a rough year for investors as high inflation, rising interest rates and recession fears impacted. Shares could still fall further as interest rates continue to rise and recession risks are high. However, inflation pressures are showing some signs of easing which may take pressure off central banks from later this year. Some key things for investors to keep bearing …

7 Ways to improve your financial health

7 tips to improve your financial wellness What is financial wellness? How you feel, is your wellness. How you feel about your money is your financial wellness. This can be measured by the financial wellness index, which measures a person’s satisfaction with their current and future financial situation. The impact of financial stress Some days you might feel confident you can meet your needs within the boundaries of your current income, whereas other days you …

6 things to know about buy now pay later services

6 things to know about buy now pay later services Nearly 85% of financial counsellors in Australia have reported that half, most or all their clients now have some form of buy now pay later debt. Often branded the modern-day layby, buy now pay later services essentially offer the same thing, but you get the product (which could be anything from a new outfit, pub dinner or airline ticket) upfront. Below we explain what you …

What is financial wellness?

What is financial wellness? How you feel, is your wellness. How you feel about your money is your financial wellness. This can be measured by the financial wellness index, which measures a person’s satisfaction with their current and future financial situation. For more information on financial wellness, please go to https://www.amp.com.au/insights/manage-my-money/financial-wellness Get more tips about managing and protecting your cash, reducing the money you owe and saving for both your big and small goals: https://www.amp.com.au/insights/manage-my-money …

How to give your finances a health check | Money & Life

How to give your finances a health check How healthy are your finances? Isn’t it time you put your own financial wellbeing front and centre? You can take control of your financial future quickly and easily, with a simple financial health check. Just like your physical health, it’s worth giving your finances a check-up once in a while. Over time, unhealthy spending habits can creep in, threatening to derail your progress. Here’s how to give …

The new COVID-19 relief schemes explained

The new COVID-19 relief schemes explained As we navigate more COVID-19 lockdowns across Australia, here’s a guide to the main benefits you may be entitled to from the government, state by state. With new COVID-19 lockdowns, and an increasing number of cases it’s understandable if Aussies are feeling overwhelmed. On top of that, concern about their finances can just add to that stress. The COVID-19 early release of super program ended in December 2020 and the JobKeeper …

Five ways to turn down the noise and stay focused as an investor | AMP Capital

Five ways to turn down the noise and stay focused as an investor   Key points A surge in financial information and opinion along with our natural inclination to focus on bad news is arguably making us worse investors: more fearful & short term. Five ways to help manage the noise and stay focussed as investors are: put the latest worry list in context; recognise that shares return more than cash in the long term …

Planning a career break? Here’s how to manage your superannuation

Planning a career break? Here are tips to help keep your super on track Whether you’re doing it because you want to travel, study or start a family, taking a career break can really affect your financial future. Thankfully, there are ways to help keep your superannuation in shape. Whatever your stage of life, there are several reasons for planning a career break. In some instances, leaving the workforce won’t impact your super. But in …

Planning ahead for the new financial year | AMP Capital

Planning ahead for the new financial year As history shows, a new financial year usually brings new opportunities in super and the commencement of the 2021/22 financial year is no different. From 1 July 2021, indexation of the contribution caps, Transfer Balance Cap (TBC) and Total Super Balance (TSB) takes place. Then there’s the announced continuation of the 50% minimum pension requirement, which has been in place for the previous two financial years. Indexation of …

Navigating your tax return for 2021 | Money & Life

Navigating your tax return for 2021 Do you want to get more from your tax return this financial year, but you’re not sure where to start? It could be as simple as knowing which tax deductions and offsets you’re eligible for. With the end of financial year fast approaching, you might be hoping to claw back some of your hard earned cash when you lodge your tax return this year. The Australian Taxation Office refunds billions …