13 commonsense tips to help manage your finances

13 commonsense tips to help manage your finances   Key points Getting your personal finances right can be a challenge. Here are 13 tips that may be of use: shop around when it comes to financial services; don’t take on too much debt; allow that interest rates can go up as well as down; allow for rainy days; credit cards are great but they deserve respect; use your mortgage (if you can) for all longer …

Should your investment journey start with property?

Should your investment journey start with property? When you’re priced out of owning a home in your neighbourhood, is property investing a good solution for growing your wealth? Will renting for the rest of your life cost more and make you more vulnerable? We talked to CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional Rebecca Fergusson, financial planner at Main Street Financial Solutions, about the pros and cons of property investing as a strategy for securing your financial future. …

Get your finances ready to start a family

Get your finances ready to start a family Preparing for parenthood is an exciting time, but don’t let the cots and cuddly toys distract you. Your finances (and everything else) are about to change in a big way, so use these pre-baby days to plan ahead. Here are the key financial tasks to tick off before, and after, baby arrives. Before the baby: 1. Understand your health insurance Before you even start trying to conceive, …

Getting in shape to start your own business

Getting in shape to start your own business Many of us dream of starting our own business, but to most it remains just that, a dream. We fantasise about what “being our own boss” would be like, after another run-in with the boss at work, or just the tedium of being in the same job, year-in, year-out, and starting to loathe every minute of it. To turn your dream into reality, there is much preparation …

11 wedding budget planning tips

11 wedding budget planning tips The happiest day of your life doesn’t need to be the most expensive.  For some couples, the most expensive day of their life will be when they tie the knot, with around 35%1 of newlyweds blowing their wedding budget before they even walk down the aisle. With the average Aussie wedding costing $36,200, and more than half of that money going toward food, drinks and the venue2, we check out some …

Planning is the key to making it financially

Planning is the key to making it financially If you’ve paid off your home, have a healthy stash of super and take an overseas holiday each year, you’ve made it financially. That’s the view of many Australians according to recent research.  A study by comparison site Finder found paying off the mortgage is the financial milestone 74% of Australians value most.  Having enough in super to retire comfortably comes a close second for 59% of …

Looking after your family

Online learning Inform your financial decisions   Looking after your family Online learning: Family finances When your family finances are under control, everyday life can be a lot more enjoyable. It may be easier than you think to manage your money and work towards saving. Start now Online learning: Making a will With a valid will in place, your money and assets can go to the people you choose, and you’ll make things a lot …

Your Online Learning Zone

  We’re sharing AMP’s expertise in 20 interactive learning modules to help you make informed decisions and be better off. The tools and information you’ll find here will help you make the right decisions for you, at every stage of life—whether you’ve landed your first job, you’re starting a family or it’s time to transition to retirement.   Getting started Starting a new job A new job can be an exciting time! We share the …

Tips for success in a competitive job market

Tips for success in a competitive job market The AMP.NATSEM report highlights challenges for young Australians starting their careers. If you’re finding it hard to get started in your chosen career—or your kids are doing it tough—you’re not alone. Many other young Australians are in the same boat, with a high proportion of young people working in part-time hospitality and retail jobs, even when they have uni degrees. The latest AMP.NATSEM reporti shows that demographic, …

A bump in the road, then a new start

A bump in the road, then a new start Taking stock of how your life’s travelling at the start of a new year is a great idea but you might feel more urgency if you’ve recently come to the end of a serious, long term relationship or gone through a divorce. What’s next, you want to know. How do you rebuild your life, is your financial outlook positive, what happens if you find a new …