How to make the most of this year’s tax return

How to prepare, lodge and maximise your 2021 tax return With tax time nearly upon us, you might be interested in the following deduction tips, which may help increase the amount of money you get back. Lots of things can affect your tax return, including sources of income from work, investments and government assistance, including any JobSeeker payments you may have received during the financial year. Other factors that can play a part, include whether …

7 ways to stay active and healthy in retirement

7 ways to stay active and healthy in retirement Staying active and connected in the current environment may have its challenges, but here are some tips that could help keep your physical and mental wellbeing in check. When it comes to living a longer, healthier, more active lifestyle, a good approach can often involve easy tasks that you can turn into everyday habits – even when social distancing is on the agenda. If you’re after …

5 tips for a better retirement

5 tips for a better retirement It’s never too late to make savvy decisions about your retirement. Retirement is an exciting time. It’s the long-awaited reward for a lifetime of work and, if you’ve planned it correctly, it heralds a life stage synonymous with relaxation and enjoyment. However, to make sure your retirement is everything you’d hoped for, it’s crucial to make smart decisions to help you stick to your financial plan, achieve investment goals …

Burnout: Spot the warning signs | Money & Life

Burnout: Spot the warning signs Michelle Gibbings provides five easy tips to help team leaders create mentally healthier workplaces. Mental health in the workplace has never been more critical with workplaces struggling to adapt to new ways of working, and employees facing mounting pressure. COVID-19 has brought new workplace challenges to the fore, while previous problems for employees of shrinking job stability, mounting workloads, and an ‘always on’ mentality is exacerbated. In such an environment, …

5 Tips to Green Investing

5 Tips to Green Investing How to build environmental, social and governance factors into your investments The climate change debate has made it to the top of the news agenda, with many Australians now considering what they can do to help the environment. For some, this will include making changes to their finances in line with their environmental values. Whether it’s through super, investments or savings, more and more people are reviewing their financial arrangements …

7 Tips to improve your financial wellness

7 Tips to improve your financial wellness What is financial wellness? How you feel, is your wellness. How you feel about your money is your financial wellness. This can be measured by the financial wellness index, which measures a person’s satisfaction with their current and future financial situation. Some days you might feel confident you can meet your needs within the boundaries of your current income, whereas other days you may feel like you don’t …

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 …

How to save money

How to save money Saving money doesn’t just happen, but these steps could help you to reach your saving goals sooner. How Australians save Research has found that almost three quarters of Australians surveyed save by putting spare money into a savings account, whether they do this themselves or via an automatic transfer. Other popular savings methods include keeping savings money in an account they can’t touch, building up extra savings in their transaction account …

Holiday budgeting tips— How to avoid a travel debt hangover

Holiday budgeting tips— How to avoid a travel debt hangover We’ve all had the feeling. You step off the plane from Bangkok still buzzing, images from your holiday flitting through your mind—the Parthenon, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower. What a trip…you’re not going to kiss the tarmac or anything but it’s good to be home! You post the final selfie to Instagram on your mobile but as you flick back to the home screen you …

Breaking the debt cycle: Tips for millennials

Breaking the debt cycle: Tips for millennials Research from James Walker-Powell CFP®, Principal at More4Life Financial Services shows millenials are having their lifestyle choices limited by debt. Find out more about how personal borrowing can hold you back and get guidance on how to keep your finances on track in your younger years. When borrowing becomes a problem As father to a daughter who left school recently, James takes both a professional and personal interest in the …