Insurance 101: what do you need and when?

Insurance 101: what do you need and when? There is a dizzying array of types of insurance available in Australia, although the average person probably won’t be needing aircraft or defamation insurance. But like death and taxes, the majority of people won’t be able to avoid getting at least some of the basic types of insurance such as motor vehicle, house and contents and health cover. Motor vehicle insurance Financial Planner AFP® Amanda Cassar of Wealth …

What are the traits, behaviours and attitudes that lead to success?

What are the traits, behaviours and attitudes that lead to success? “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” said Benjamin Franklin over 200 years ago and countless others since. When it comes to financial planning, the three top regrets of Australians who don’t have a financial plan are: not saving enough; poor decisions; and not taking care of themselves. But the good news is research has found that one in four Australians …

Philanthropy – not just for millionaires. A win for your health!

Philanthropy – not just for millionaires. A win for your health! You don’t have to be Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates to be a philanthropist or to enjoy the benefits of altruism. Even if you don’t have much money to spare, you might make a bequest in your will for your favourite charity or other causes you believe in. You could also lend your time, knowledge or expertise to a worthy charity, or donate items …

Retirement and your mental health

Retirement and your mental health It can be hard to stay engaged and keep a positive outlook in retirement, but advances in technology can help enormously. For example, if you are interested in volunteering, websites such as Good Company can instantly put you in touch with hundreds of opportunities, charities and individual projects. Or other options such as renting out a spare room on Airbnb or driving for Uber will not only contribute to keeping you more connected, you can also …

The real cost of retirement

The real cost of retirement When you’re looking at saving and planning for retirement, it’s important to know how much you can expect to be spending. The latest retirement standard figures and other data sources can give you an idea of the cost of retirement, but what else do you need to take into account to ensure your financial wellbeing? Running the numbers – the retirement standard Since June 2006, the Association of Superannuation Funds of …

Why does insurance matter? The importance of insurance

Why does insurance matter? The importance of insurance If you’ve ever wondered about the value of insurance, find out about AMP’s approach to claims and what we paid in 2017. If you pay your insurance premiums and never get anything in return – other than the peace of mind of knowing you’re protected – you’re one of the lucky ones, blessed by good health and wellbeing. But for those that find themselves having to make …

Sports lovers enjoy better financial fitness

Sports lovers enjoy better financial fitness If your golf clubs have been under wraps or your tennis racquet has been tucked away for some time, it could be worth dusting them off. Research by AMP found Australians who play sport regularly are 64% more likely to achieve their financial goals than those who don’t. With the weather warming up, plenty of us will be thinking about getting in better shape. That can mean heading outdoors …

Give your career a health check

Give your career a health check Health… check. Finances… check. Career… check? Are you happy at work? Do you jump out of bed excited about tackling your next project? Or are you counting down the days until your holidays or retirement? If you answered ‘yes’ to the last question, it might be time to give your career a health check. We all know the benefits of having regular medical check-ups but, just like your body, …

Five tips for happy healthy ageing

Five tips for happy healthy ageing The best ways to sustain or improve physical, mental and financial wellbeing in your pre and post retirement years are sometimes the simplest. If you’re in or approaching retirement, you may be surprised to know when it comes to living a longer life and leading a healthier and more active lifestyle, the best methods are often easy tasks you can turn into everyday habits. As Australians have one of …

Fight for the fittest – Insurance discounts for the active

  Fight for the fittest – Insurance discounts for the active Rupert Murdoch wears one, so does Gwyneth Paltrow. Wearable fitness devices are the latest must-have accessory for health conscious media moguls, celebrities and ordinary Australians. So it was only a matter of time until health insurers got behind the trend. Some major health funds have recently launched campaigns to attract new members by offering them free fitness-tracking devices. Wristbands such as Fitbit, Polar Loop, …