Is your home underinsured?

Published: May 15, 2018

Cold weather and faulty appliances can be a dangerous combination in winter – especially if your home is underinsured. As we head into winter, now is the time to check your home heating appliances – and your home and contents cover. The cooler months typically see an uptick in home insurance claims with a rise […]

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Federal Budget roundup 2018-19

Published: May 14, 2018

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison handed down his third Federal Budget. Among the proposed changes, he announced tax cuts and changes to super and social security. Read on for a round-up of the proposals put forward and a look at how they might affect your household expenses and financial future, whatever your stage of life. Remember, […]

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Federal Budget roundup 2018-19

Published: May 14, 2018

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison handed down his third Federal Budget. Among the proposed changes, he announced tax cuts and changes to super and social security. Read on for a round-up of the proposals put forward and a look at how they might affect your household expenses and financial future, whatever your stage of life. Remember, […]

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How much super should I have at my age?

Published: May 2, 2018

We look at the average super balances for different age groups in Australia so you can see how your super savings compare. A healthy super balance can be a key ingredient in being able to live the life we want in retirement. But for many people, retirement is a long way off, and it can […]

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Self-employed? There’s still time to grow your super

Published: April 27, 2018

While approximately 1.3 million Aussies run their own show, one in five has no superannuation at all. Many Australians see self-employment as a goal worth aiming for. But running your own show can mean retiring with very little in super savings – one in five self-employed people have no super at all compared to just […]

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How does housing affordability in Australia rank on world stage?

Published: April 27, 2018

When it comes to housing affordability, our capital cities haven’t fared well. There are 28 ‘severely unaffordable’ major housing markets that exist internationally1—and of those, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth all rank among the top 212. These are the findings from the 2018 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, which assesses housing markets across nine countries […]

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The rise of the gig economy and side gigs (thanks to technology)

Published: April 27, 2018

Chances are you either have a side gig (a way to make money on the side of your usual job), want to have one, or you benefit from someone else’s.  While the gig economy has been bubbling away in the background for a while now, it continues to be on the rise, and people are […]

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Paying bills on time just became more important

Published: April 27, 2018

With comprehensive credit reporting due to kick off from 1 July 2018, paying your bills on time will become even more important. Whenever you apply for credit – and this can include opening a new mobile phone or gas/electricity account, the service provider is likely to take a look at your credit history. At present, this […]

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Now’s the time for tax planning

Published: April 16, 2018

With less than ten weeks remaining to the end of the financial year, now is the time to start some serious tax planning. Getting ready for tax time should go well beyond bundling receipts into a shoe box for your accountant. The run up to 30 June is a critical time for investors to take […]

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What is the cost of raising a child?

Published: April 11, 2018

We take a look at the costs that come with raising kids through the different stages of their life. Laughter, joy and fun are some of the words associated with having kids, but there’s another word that often gets overlooked – expensive. Whether you’re just starting to think about having a family, have a baby […]

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