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FINANCE FOCUS |A forgotten aspect of insurance

When most people think about financial planning they tend to focus on wealth creation, but often forget about the wealth protection. Building a financial plan without adequate insurance is like building a house on flimsy foundations. Comprehensive insurance cover can be a significant expense; however these costs can be made more affordable by taking advantage […]

FINANCE FOCUS: What would happen if you couldn’t work?

If you were paid the average annual wage of $82,804, you could potentially earn $10-million over a 40-year working life. You would use this money for daily living, for holidays, to accumulate assets such as a house and car and to save for your retirement. Being injured or taken ill, for only a short period, […]

What is your concept of retirement?

The concept of retirement has changed dramatically over the generations, but there remains one constant for most of us planning the end of our working life – to be able to do what we want, when we want. No more alarm clocks, no more commuting and no more demanding bosses. But what do we want […]

Make friends with your credit card

The pictures are enticing: ocean blues and hibiscus pinks; white beaches and nightclubs. For twenty-somethings, tropical holidays are rites of passage few can resist; fewer still can afford them – even if we think we can. The Thailand package was only $500, but ‘Damien’, having just paid his car rego, was broke so he decided […]

Super in your 40s

By ROBERT GOUDIE Typically your 40s is a time of established careers, teenage kids and a mortgage that is no longer daunting. There are still plenty of demands on the budget, but by this age there is a good chance there’s some spare cash that can be put to good use. As you pass the […]

Family business future planning

To ensure continuity, a succession plan is absolutely essential for every family business. This is regardless of whether the family runs a global empire, family farm or corner store. History shows that succession is the Achilles Heel of the family business. An international study on family-owned enterprises by PriceWaterhouseCoopers found that only 24 percent of […]

Reclaiming money from your account

We’ve all heard about the ‘lost billions’ sitting in idle superannuation funds across Australia but are you aware of what’s happening to hundreds of millions of dollars sitting in ‘inactive’ bank accounts? Did you know that the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) collects total balances from Australian’s bank accounts that have remained untouched for […]

Rules for trustees

When it comes to retirement funding, more than one million Australians have established Self-Managed Super Funds to take more control over a crucial stage of their lives. However, SMSF trustees take note – to protect your and your fellow members’ best interests, there are strict rules governing SMSFs, which, if broken, attract strong penalties. The […]

Tax rules affect different income

Anyone who has completed their own tax return will know that the tax office treats different types of income differently. Bank interest is recorded in one section, dividends from shares in another and managed fund distributions somewhere else. And unless you are taking a pension or lump sum from your super, you don’t need to […]

Retiring doesn’t mean stopping

Many Australians are now choosing to retire by the age of 60, or even earlier, wishing to do all of the things they had dreamed about during their working years. However, with better health services and medical technology, the chance of living to 90 years or beyond could be more realistic than you think. Your […]

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