Being a smart Santa with your gift budget

Being a smart Santa with your gift budget When you’re under pressure to give that perfect present at Christmas it can be much harder to stick to a budget. Find ways to make your gift budget go further with our top tips for giving generously without going overboard on spending. When giving gets expensive According to comparison website finder.com, the average Aussie is planning to spend $464 on Christmas gifts in the lead up to …

What two investing insights would you give your 20-year-old self?

What two investing insights would you give your 20-year-old self?   Hamish Douglass, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Magellan Asset Management My central advice would be that successful investing is about finding and then owning for the long-term companies that can generate excess returns for years to come. It’s not about looking for stocks that might come into short-term favour on stock markets. The worthwhile companies to own for the long term will …

So, you’re starting a business…

So, you’re starting a business… Whether you’ve been plotting it for years or just recently decided to go for it, starting your own business is a big leap. Now that you’re taking the first steps, pause for a moment to consider some often-overlooked factors that will set you up for success. While these may not be as exciting as dreaming up your vision or designing your marketing, building these tasks into your planning will give …

Balancing career, family and time (Video)

Balancing career, family and time (Video) Australians who are living their dream are planners. They believe in their ability to create the life they want and they are not afraid to ask for help or seek advice. Balancing career, family and time …. Here Christina and Richard Taylor explain how meeting a financial planner opened their mind to new possibilities for their careers, family and love for travel.  If you have a question you’d like answered …

What it means to retire and live the dream

What it means to retire and live the dream When you’re no longer working and chasing dollars, you may have a different perspective on what you value most about your life.  Take a look at how our current generation of retirees measure their success and what “living the dream” means to them. “Living the dream” in retirement? How likely are retirees to be “living the dream” Just 22% of boomers are living the dream compared with 27% of …

Time for your next pay rise?

Time for your next pay rise? It’s important to get paid what you’re worth, for your self-esteem and your bank balance too. Find out what’s going on with wages and jobs in Australia and whether you should ask for a raise. Haven’t had a decent pay rise in a while? If you work in Australia, chances are you’ve seen very little change in your basic wage in the last few years, regardless of what industry …

When life gets hectic – locking in financial stability when you’re time poor

When life gets hectic – locking in financial stability when you’re time poor Feeling time poor and overwhelmed by your finances? Our guest contributor, James Trethewie Financial Planner AFP®offers some good advice on how can you manage your money better without putting a lot of time into it. Financial stress is definitely something a lot of us are living with at the moment. According to a survey from Financial Mindfulness nearly 1 in 3 Australians …

Plan more, worry less

Plan more, worry less Want to make money worries a thing of the past? A new year can be a great time to take control of your finances and enjoy greater peace of mind, now and in the future. New year, more stress Thanks to the post-spending hangover many of us suffer after buying big for the festive season, the new year can start with an unhealthy dose of financial stress. According to a 2017 survey …

Now’s the time for tax planning

Now’s the time for tax planning With less than ten weeks remaining to the end of the financial year, now is the time to start some serious tax planning. Getting ready for tax time should go well beyond bundling receipts into a shoe box for your accountant. The run up to 30 June is a critical time for investors to take a good look at their investment portfolio. Your goals and needs may have shifted …