First dollars out of the wallet

First dollars out of the wallet Falling house prices and rising debt costs are causing financial stress for highly leveraged Australian home owners, impacting patterns of consumer spending. In light of this wallet tightening, investors should take care that their equity exposure is concentrated on those businesses capturing the first dollars out of the wallet each pay day. Where did all the wealth come from? During the upwards phase of the economic cycle, Australians took …

The wallet challenge – savings and budget checklist

The wallet challenge – savings and budget checklist Budgeting and savings might sound very basic, but many people find it difficult to get these fundamentals right, or don’t have these in place at all. Here are some tips to help you get started, and on the right track to building your personal wealth. Have a plan If you are planning to go anywhere, you will need to know your starting point and destination, otherwise you’ll just …

The wallet challenge: Step 1 – your financial audit

The wallet challenge: Step 1 – your financial audit This 4 part series will get you ready to grow your wealth in the new financial year. Starting with an audit of your current financial position, this checklist will guide you through a review of all your assets – savings, super, properties etc and liabilities – loan payments, insurance policies, bills so you can get a clear picture of where you are at financially and where …

Digital payment options could see you spend more this Christmas

Digital payment options could see you spend more this Christmas With the festive season just weeks away, Australians are gearing up for the annual peak spending period, and the growth of digital payment options could be widening the gap between what we regard as our spending limit and the balance of our bank account. The disconnect between cards and cash Credit cards make spending (and overspending) very easy, and a new breed of “digital wallets” …