Managing the costs of raising children

It is a special feeling to welcome a new child or grandchild into the world and watch them grow. Sharing their joy as they reach new milestones is priceless. Of course, there is a real cost – raising a child is expensive, particularly now as the cost-of-living spirals higher. Estimates vary widely from the few … Read more

Australians need a retirement confidence boost

Giving Australians better access to high-quality and more affordable financial advice is imperative. One of the fundamental principles for achieving long-term investment success is planning. In fact, the importance of having a clear financial plan, whether it’s formal or informal, can’t be overstated. As is the importance of sticking to it. Without a well-documented, detailed … Read more

Maximising investment property tax deductions

Key takeaways Understanding the available investment property tax deductions in Australia is essential if you are to maximise the financial benefits of property investment. By taking advantage of deductions, investors can significantly reduce their tax liability. One of the most significant tax deductions available to Australian property investors is the ability to claim interest expenses … Read more

Hedge funds

Hedge funds use investment strategies that are more complex than other managed funds. Many aim for positive or less volatile returns, in both rising and falling markets. A hedge fund is a complex investment and risks vary. Read the product disclosure statement and consider getting financial advice before you invest. How hedge funds work Hedge … Read more

Use your super to save for your first home

Use the new First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSS) to save your first home deposit faster If you’re saving for a deposit on your first home, the Federal Government’s First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSS) could help you reach your target sooner, by allowing you to save for your deposit inside your super. A government initiative introduced in late … Read more

Side hustles for supplementing income

Key takeaways One of the most popular side hustles that has emerged in recent years is a food delivery driver or ride service, such as Uber. These are simple to sign up for and require minimal investment If you have good communication skills and the ability to follow instructions, market research can be a good … Read more

Adding bonds to your investment mix

Bonds can play an important role in investment portfolios, but what exactly are they, what are their benefits, and how do you invest in them?  What are bonds? Bonds are a type of investment security that enable investors to lend their money to a bond issuer for a set term in return for regular income … Read more

Sowing the seeds for a happy retirement

The thought of retirement is an enticing one for many of us. Imagine throwing off the shackles of the workforce and being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want. But why wait until you are retired to do the things you love?  Retirement is a time where we finally have the space to … Read more

Australia’s “painful squeeze”

The “painful squeeze” for Australian consumers Australians are experiencing tough times.  Every trip to the supermarket leaves us leaner and poorer in terms of our purchasing power. The $20 note barely covers a bottle of milk, a loaf of bread and a carton of eggs. When you arrive home, you are afraid to switch on … Read more

Why young investors are more risk averse

The ranks of young Australian investors have swelled over the last two years. And many have very different investment objectives and strategies to older investors. Young Australian investors aged 18 to 24 are likely to be more risk averse than their older counterparts and least likely to tolerate moderate or high variability in their investment … Read more

5 ways to boost your super

Did you know it’s likely you’ll spend up to two decades or more in retirement? It’s a long time, so will you be able to afford all the things you’ve thought of doing in retirement, before your savings run out? By starting now and making small changes to how you approach your super savings, you can … Read more