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 …

The 2021-22 Australian Budget – spending the growth windfall to further grow the economy towards full employment | AMP Capital

The 2021-22 Australian Budget – spending the growth windfall to further grow the economy towards full employment Key points The Government now expects the Federal budget deficit to peak at $161bn this financial year (down from $214bn in October’s Budget) and fall to $107bn in 2021-22. The windfall to the budget from stronger growth is being spent on extra stimulus. Return to budget surplus looks more than a decade away. Key measures include more spending …

Getting your super back on track | Money & Life

Getting your super back on track If you experienced financial hardship in 2020, you may have decided to withdraw from your superannuation balance to tide you over. Find out what you can be doing to top up your super and keep your retirement savings on track. In 2020, the Federal Government announced a number of different types of support for Australians in financial difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For people who lost their jobs …

Why women need a unique focus on their finances

Why women need a unique focus on their finances For many reasons, women face additional hurdles when it comes to achieving financial freedom. So it’s important to take control of your finances now, and be proactive when it comes to planning your financial future. Ladies, it’s time for a reality check. The unfortunate truth is that women experience low-income and poverty at a much higher rate than men. In fact, up to 40 per cent …

Show your finances some self-love

Show your finances some self-love Are you guilty of changing your spending habits when you’re in a relationship? Do you have a financial plan, or are you relying on a partner to take care of you in retirement? Whatever your situation, there’s never been a better time to step up and take charge of your finances. Your relationship status can have a big impact on your finances. From spending and managing your money, to the …