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Written by Tony Kaye, Senior Personal Finance Writer After months in lockdowns and living under tight restrictions, many Australians have gone on a “revenge spending” spree. Revenge spending is the term widely being used to describe how some people are taking out their revenge on the COVID-19 pandemic by spending money on things they haven’t...
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Your credit report reveals whether you’ve been paying your bills on time and it matters because it could affect your ability to borrow money. If you’ve got a credit card, personal loan, mobile phone plan or utility account, there’s probably a credit reporting agency out there that has a file with your name on it....
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Whether you’re a sole trader looking to improve your business finances or just starting out in small business, understanding cashflow statements should be top of your priorities list. Not everybody’s comfortable working with numbers and coming to terms with financial statements can feel overwhelming for many freelancers and new business starters. Cashflow statements are a...
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If you have more than one loan, it may sound like a good idea to roll them into one consolidated loan. Debt consolidation (or refinancing) can make it easier to manage your repayments. But it may cost you more if the interest rate or fees (or both) are higher than before. You could also get...
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Understanding exactly how much of what you spend is tax deductible is crucial for understanding what you can spend on your business (and when). People often fall into the trap of thinking that spending a dollar on tax deductible expenses or assets will save a dollar in tax. But the tax man isn’t that generous....
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As your working life draws to a close, your social life and recreational activities don’t have to. If you’re a little anxious about money still owing, here are a few pointers. Ahh retirement! You may have been dreaming about it for decades. You visualise yourself putting away your uniform, high-vis or corporate gear, farewelling that...
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By Robin Bowerman, Head of Corporate Affairs, Vanguard Australia Making regular investments of smaller sums of money is one of the best ways to achieve an ambitious financial goal without feeling daunted by the task ahead. It can also help keep you on track so you can reach your goal faster. Set and forget Setting...
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After a bit of a wake-up call we managed to change our money habits… here’s how we did it. Before I start I’d better explain our attitude towards money. We were having dinner with friends the other day and they were regaling us with tales of getting stuck into their spreadsheets on Saturday nights. It’s...
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If you’re a sole trader and need to get your taxes organised, start by reading these expert tips for maximising your return and get a jump start on next financial year. End of financial year can be stressful for any business owner, especially when it comes to completing your tax return. But rest assured, with...
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There’s no denying the pandemic has significantly affected the finances of many Australians. Some of us are spending more, some are cutting back on non-essential spending and for others, the uncertainty has challenged us to save money for a rainy day, like never before. According to AMP research, around one in 10 Australian employees feel...
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