Changing money habits for good | Money & Life

  Changing money habits for good Is sticking to a budget the money magic wand that can sort out your finances, once and for all? Discover what budgeting can and can’t do for you and how to turn new budget habits into positive lifestyle changes. What’s a budget for? Knowing how to budget is one thing. But what is the real point of a budget and how can it actually help you change your behaviour and get …

How to have a happier new year

How to have a happier new year What’s the key to lasting happiness? If you think that having more money, a better job or more stuff will make you happier, you’d be wrong, according to science. Take a look at the latest research and follow our tips to change your spending habits and boost your happiness in 2021. After living through a year when our collective mental health took a beating, the new year has brought …

Many Aussies in the dark about retirement

Many Aussies in the dark about retirement Whether retirement is a long way into the distance, or just peeking over the horizon, recent research1 shows half of us aren’t sure we’ll have enough money to retire when we want, or even how much money we’ll actually need. There’s always been a lot of unknowns when it comes to retirement but throw a global pandemic into the mix, and we’re feeling more uncertainty than ever before. Things …

What’s the difference between a financial planner and an accountant? | Money & Life

  What’s the difference between a financial planner and an accountant? When it comes to getting professional advice on money matters, should you be looking for an accountant or financial planner? Find out how they’re different and what services each one offers to help you manage your finances. When you’re looking for help on anything to do with money, finding the right person to turn to for advice can be a challenge. According to a …

Old and new money lessons for kids | Money & Life

Old and new money lessons for kids One of the most important things you can teach your kids is how to manage their money as this will help them better face the challenges of adulthood. In our world of ever advancing technology, children often don’t see physical money being exchanged. In fact, some Scandinavian countries are even doing away with physical cash altogether. These days, money can be moved with the swipe of plastic card …

Oliver’s Insights – Magic money tree – QE & money printing and their part in the coronavirus economic rescue

Oliver’s Insights – Magic money tree – QE & money printing and their part in the coronavirus economic rescue Key points Central bank support to ensure the flow of money and credit through economies is an essential part of the global and Australian coronavirus economic rescue. This has increasingly involved quantitative easing which entails the printing of money. Higher inflation is an obvious risk from money printing, but it’s unlikely to become an issue until …

How to save money at university

How to save money at university Back at uni? Do away with the poor student clichés with these money making and money saving tips Students aren’t exactly known for rolling in cash, but by following these simple tips to start saving money at university you can make the most of what you’ve got. Get a part-time job This might seem obvious, but part-time jobs aren’t what they used to be. Sure, you could take on …

Can refinancing my home loan save me money?

Can refinancing my home loan save me money? By replacing your home loan with a new one, you could take advantage of a better deal. Even if you secured a competitive package when you first took out your home loan, it’s worth reviewing each yeari to make sure the interest rates, fees, features and terms & conditions continue to meet your needs. And with interest rates at an all-time low in Australiaii, now may be a …

How Much Superannuation is enough?

How Much Superannuation is enough? When you plan for retirement you will probably develop a financial plan intended to increase the amount you have for retirement. If you are on an average wage of about $85,000 p.a. before tax, you’ll need to save about 15 to 20 times that amount for retirement – about $1.3 to $1.7 million at today’s prices. You’re probably nowhere near that. There are other ways of estimating what you may …

Spending money in a cashless world

Spending money in a cashless world How the move to electronic payments could be making it easier to spend…and what to do about it. It’s Thursday morning and almost the end of the working week. You’re walking to the train station and you realise you’ve forgotten to top up your public transport card. No matter…a few clicks later and you’ve transferred $50 over. At the station you grab a takeaway flat white before the train …