Ways to invest your money

Ways to invest your money If you’re interested in seeing what your options are outside of investment property and super this article explores some of the different investment options available. Cash investments If you put your money into cash investments (including savings accounts and term deposits), the returns will often be lower in comparison to other investment products. However, these types of investment options typically provide stable, low-risk income in the form of a regular …

Get real: how we delude ourselves about investments

Get real: how we delude ourselves about investments In 1988, I bought $750 worth of special $5 coins, minted to commemorate the opening of Australia’s Parliament House. I figured it was a one-way bet to investment success. They were legal tender costing $5 and would always be worth at least $5, and if they became sought-after by collectors, the sky was the limit. I found the box of coins recently while cleaning the attic. They …

Keeping tabs on your super investments

Keeping tabs on your super investments It’s important to get your investment strategy right with super. Keeping tabs on your super investments. Reviewing your portfolio regularly and getting advice can make all the difference to your savings and income for retirement. We talked to CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®professional Matt Torney from Muirfield Financial Services about how to make sure you’re taking the right approach with your super investments. What sort of questions can help you determine your …

What is an asset class?

What is an asset class? If you are starting to invest, you are sure to come across the term “asset class”. Don’t panic! You’ve probably heard of the different asset classes under their real names: cash, bonds, property and shares. An asset class is simply a group of investments that share similar characteristics, behave similarly in the market and are subject to the same rules and regulations. Most importantly, each asset class comes with different …

Passive Investments Have Rewards and Risks Alike

07 September 2017 Passive Investments Have Rewards and Risks Alike Passive investments such as index funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) provide cheap access to global stockmarkets, but AMP Capital’s Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, Shane Oliver, says they create risks of their own. “Yes there is a positive to passive investing, it gives you the underlying exposure and the fees are low,” Oliver says, adding that “a lot of effort goes into …

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 …