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FINANCE: Paying after the holiday is over

The holidays are over and you have had a great time. The dreaded credit card statement has arrived and you wonder how you’re going to pay it off. Happy holiday memories vanish into thin air. Unfortunately, there are no magic ways to wipe out debts – it just takes discipline. Paying off credit card debt […]

FINANCE | Planning for a dream retirement

We all have a vision of our perfect retirement. But whether it’s travelling around the country in a luxurious motor home, playing golf every day or spending more time with the grandkids, how do you accumulate enough to pay for your golden years? How much do I need? Lifestyle is a personal choice. The big […]

FINANCE | Time to reflect

Many people use the Christmas-New Year period to reflect on the year that has just passed, often in a blur, and begin thinking about the future and how to achieve their hopes and dreams. It can also be a good opportunity to reconsider financial strategies and goals. If that sounds like a good idea, following […]

FINANCE | Control your debt before it’s too late

Debt can be a wonderful slave but an unforgiving master. Australians have an extraordinarily high level of consumer debt. It fuels our lives. For example, there were more than 242,000,000 credit-card transactions just in the month of July 2018 – valued at more than $28 billion. This included $758-million in cash advances. The scariest part […]

FINANCE | Australian dollar affects everyone

by Robert Goudie You might think only importers and exporters pay attention to the value of the Aussie dollar, but movements in the exchange rate affect us all. After peaking at US$0.81 in late January 2018 the Australian dollar fell as low as US$0.70 in October, also falling against several other currencies. A falling Aussie […]

FINANCE | What can you tell me about my super?

It’s a common question asked by employees – what should I do about my superannuation? If you are an employer or manager and feel confident of your knowledge of superannuation and investment, it can be tempting to give an answer. However, just about anything helpful you have to say will likely fall within the definition […]

FINANCE: To gift or not?

With Australia’s age pension being subject to an assets and income test, a simple way for part-pensioners to increase their pension payments is to give away some assets. Not surprisingly the government is on to such an obvious strategy. It’s called ‘gifting’, and while it is perfectly legal for you to give away whatever you […]

FINANCE: Start growing your future now

If you are in your 30s, chances are life revolves around children and a mortgage. As much as we love our kids, the fact is they cost quite a lot. As for the mortgage, this is the age during which repayments are generally at their highest, relative to income. And on top of that, one […]

FINANCE: Navigating the borrowing maze

When choosing the right type of loan to suit your needs now and into the future, there are many factors to consider. What is the purpose of the loan? Credit cards provide immediate access to credit that can be used for many purposes, but the interest rate is high so they are best relied on […]

FINANCE: Tips to prepare for retirement

Looking forward to an enjoyable retirement? Check out our top 10 tips to make sure you are on track. Take stock – How do you want to live in retirement? Now do the numbers. How much will it cost? How much have you saved? Do the figures meet your expectations? If not, what action do […]

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