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FINANCE | It’s time to put your mind at rest

Personal insurances are designed to provide protection from the financial consequences of death or disability. They form an important part of most financial plans. Following, in brief, is how they work. Types of personal insurance Life insurance: This pays a lump sum benefit if you die. Total and permanent disability insurance: This pays a lump […]

FINANCE | Plan now for a positive future

Many of us would like to think that ‘older’ means ‘wiser’, but when it comes to money that isn’t always the case. The complexity of Australia’s superannuation system doesn’t help. There are common mistakes that retiring and retired Australians make. What are those mistakes and how might you avoid them? Underestimating how much you need […]

FINANCE | Retirement: It’s time to get busy

Many people eagerly anticipate retirement. Others view its approach with trepidation, worried over how they will fill their days. Australians are living longer and it’s not unreasonable to assume you will be retired for 20 or 30 years. Not sure how you’ll fill all those days? We have a few ideas to kick-start your new […]

FINANCE | Making interest-free deals work for you

They have been around for decades, but interest-free deals can still be confusing and costly when managed incorrectly. Excitable advertising can make these offers almost too good to refuse, particularly with longer terms applying to higher levels of finance. For example, to get five years’ interest-free on purchases from some retailers, the minimum spend is […]

FINANCE: Super rollercoaster

If you pay close attention to the value of your superannuation fund, and if, like most people, your money is spread across the main investment classes, you would have noticed that your retirement savings can both rise – and fall – in value. This can lead to nervous times, particularly if you are close to […]

FINANCE: Be wary – it’s too good to be true

Just as financial products and systems are becoming more complex, so are the scams that are being inflicted upon the investing public. The financial scams being promoted, especially over the internet, have become as sophisticated as the clients they are attempting to woo. The word ‘Ponzi’ has been splashed across newspaper headlines in recent years, […]

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 […]


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