5 life insurance questions you’ve always wanted to ask

5 life insurance questions you’ve always wanted to ask What impact do factors like your weight, age and smoking status have on your ability to buy life insurance?  Life insurers take into account a number of different factors when assessing insurance applications, but asking your insurer about the impact these factors might have can sometimes be difficult. Here are the answers to some commonly held – but seldom asked – questions you might have about …

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 …

I’m young – do I need life insurance now?

I’m young – do I need life insurance now? Life insurance is usually not something people think about until they begin to accumulate assets, debts and dependants. And there can be a fair amount of information to sift through, including some little known and commonly misunderstood facts. But you shouldn’t leave it too late in life to think about your cover. By ensuring you have appropriate cover when young and fit, you could save yourself …

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. …

Are you living your dream life? (Video)

Are you living your dream life? (Video) Financial planning starts with understanding what’s important to you and your family. If you are not living the life that you have always wanted, so far, then talking to a financial planner to identify what you want and map out a plan, is a good place to start. People who plan have more control of their lives because they can see options to move forward. This provides them …

How to buy a home and still have a life

How to buy a home and still have a life With the cost of buying property on the rise, many families and individuals are sacrificing other financial commitments to afford the home they want. So how can you budget for your home without being too frugal in your savings and spending? We talked to CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional Michael Hayward from Capital Partners about getting the balance right between financing a home and other lifestyle goals. …

Life’s not all beer and skittles – how to manage a lump sum

Life’s not all beer and skittles – how to manage a lump sum Winning the lottery is the ultimate financial dream for many folk, but most people will not fall into the category of lottery winners in their lifetime. However, many will receive a lump sum at some stage – whether it’s a redundancy payment or an inheritance on the death of a relative. Thinking “spend, spend, spend” when it happens will soon end the …

How my life changed when I became a carer

How my life changed when I became a carer Writer Ambra Sancin shares how her life changed when she became a carer for her mother. Many Australians will take on caregiver roles at some point in their lives. Mine came three-and-a-half years ago and it’s been challenging (but ultimately rewarding) on a number of levels. At 90, mum had a number of medical conditions including hypertension, atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat), macular degeneration – as …

Keeping success in your sights

Keeping success in your sights What’s the most important thing you should do to make a success of your life? We talked to singer and actress Charmaine Bingwa about the X-factor that gets her where she wants to be. Discipline from the very beginning I was born in Australia, but my parents moved here from Zimbabwe. They arrived with almost nothing, about $500 was all the money they had. And so they worked hard, saved …