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FINANCE FOCUS: You’ve been scammed

If you are over 50, male, highly educated, financially literate and manage your own super, beware. You are at a higher risk of being the target – and victim – of organised investment fraud. This isn’t necessarily because your demographic is particularly gullible. Rather, it’s because you’re more likely to control higher levels of wealth, […]

FINANCE: Different ways to invest in shares

Media headlines focus more on share market drops than rises, but wherever there is a weakness there is usually an opportunity lying in wait. High quality companies are available at excellent value if you know where to look, but if you’re not sure how to take advantage of these opportunities, following are three ways to […]

FINANCE FOCUS: Benefits to aged care planning

The only topic people don’t like talking about more than death is getting old and becoming incapable of looking after oneself. With the Australian population of over 70s likely to reach nearly four million in the next 20 years, aged care is an issue that will be of increasing concern to a growing number of […]

FINANCE FOCUS: Sharing, caring business model

With help from the internet, the latest business model is quietly turning millions of ‘average Joes’ into entrepreneurs. Uber is connecting riders with drivers through apps, Airbnb is connecting hosts with travellers looking for a place to sleep through its website and Zopa is connecting lenders with borrowers through its peer-to-peer lending service. Many individuals […]

FINANCE FOCUS: Purchasing a property later in life

Home ownership continues to be our great dream, yet according to, many of us are investing in bricks and mortar much later in life. So, what does it take to bring this dream to life with retirement looming? There are many reasons you might purchase a home later in life: perhaps you’re starting fresh […]

FINANCE FOCUS: When is a law not a law?

When governments propose changes to laws, many people mistakenly believe that law is already in place. On the contrary, the path from proposal to law is not as straight-forward as you might think. When an unpopular or contentious bill is announced, perhaps because of the attention it receives from the media, everyday Australians are sometimes […]

FINANCE FOCUS: You have won, now what?

Lottery prize pools now amass huge amounts, regularly turning everyday Aussies into instant multi-millionaires. But being ‘struck rich’ is not only based on luck. There are about 70,000 people whose super funds hold more than $2.5-million. An inheritance of this magnitude can also be a life-changer. Regardless of the source, most people who receive unexpected […]

FINANCE FOCUS: Understand your super

One of the key features of superannuation is that your money is held in a trust structure. This means a trustee is responsible for looking after your money and cannot release it to you until certain conditions are met. This is the same as any trust arrangement – for instance, a trustee might look after […]

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, […]

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