How to reassess your spending and budgeting habits

  How to reassess your spending and budgeting habits From our spending habits to our saving trends, the pandemic has changed the way many Australians think about money. Learn how to reassess your financial situation and create a fresh budget for 2021. There’s no denying the pandemic has significantly affected the finances of many Australians. Some of us are spending more, some are cutting back on non-essential spending and for others, the uncertainty has challenged …

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 …

3 golden rules that make saving for retirement easier

3 golden rules that make saving for retirement easier If you’ve thought about how much money you need to save so you can retire comfortably, it might feel a little daunting. Maybe so much so, you’d rather not think about it at all. But, according to AMP Technical Strategy Manager John Perri, there are three simple rules anyone can follow that make saving for retirement a lot easier. Follow the sleep test All investments come …

Four take-aways from the RBA’s October meeting

Four take-aways from the RBA’s October meeting The RBA held its October board meeting today. Though there wasn’t as much movement as we expected, there were four key take-aways: 1. The RBA left the cash rate on hold The RBA left the cash rate on hold at 0.25% for the seventh month in a row. With the RBA recently explicitly stating that its forecast outlook for inflation and employment is not consistent with its objectives …

Money’s too tight to mention: an old song brings fresh lessons to investors amid COVID-19 | AMP Capital

  Maybe it’s all the unkept hair around these days, but the 1980s song ‘Money’s too tight to mention’ came to mind recently, as I thought about how companies and households are managing their cashflows in light of the current lockdown. Some of you may know it as the pop song by Simply Red. Actually, it was first released as a blues song in the US in 1982 in the midst of a biting world …

Deferring gratification

When it comes to teaching kids about healthy money habits, there are few lessons more important than being able to defer gratification. By helping kids learn to put off what they want right now and save instead, they’ll be better equipped with the skills to be financially secure adults. Deferring gratification While it is possible to help kids have a money-saving mindset by teaching them to delay gratification, it’s a lesson that can take time …

A guide to retirement in Australia | Money & Life

A guide to retirement in Australia | Money & Life Many of us think of retirement as a given – you work hard for your middle years, and then you get to bow out of the workforce and enjoy a well-deserved rest, take those bucket-list trips and enjoy the best life has to offer. After all, you’ve made your contribution and now you’ve earned the right to kick back. But unfortunately, retirement isn’t that simple …

What do the Invisible-Money Generation think about money? [VIDEO]

What do the Invisible-Money Generation think about money? [VIDEO] Kids are curious, cute and funny when it comes to matters of money. Does the digital world make it hard for young Aussies to grasp the value of real money? Find out what the Invisible-Money Generation have to say about money. Online source: Produced by The Financial Financial Planning Association of Australia and published on 13 August 2018.  Original article.   You may also like How to have …

Are Australian households more vulnerable than we think?

  Are Australian households more vulnerable than we think? A lot has been said and written about Australia’s household debt levels and possible implications on the banking system and the economy more broadly. But could Australian households be even more constrained than the headline numbers are suggesting? Michele Bullock, the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Assistant Governor, highlights the stresses households will likely be facing well before any rise official interest rate materialises in this speech. Bullock points …

Retirement rolls around faster than you think

New research shows one in three Australians think retirement is too far away to plan for. That’s a big mistake. Retirement rolls around faster than you think. Take it from me, the day when you’re ready to hang up your work boots is likely to roll around far more quickly than you anticipate, and it pays to be prepared.  If you think time passes more quickly as you get older, you’re absolutely right. It turns out …