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by Paul Clitheroe You can almost hear the sighs of relief of thousands of Australian teenagers, who have recently completed their final Year 12 exams. It’s quite a milestone, and while some school leavers will step straight into full time work, many will take up casual or part-time jobs until uni or TAFE kicks off...
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Whatever your goals in life, everyone wants to ensure their loved ones are looked after should the worst happen. Most people think they understand life insurance – you pay the premiums and your insurer pays out a lump sum in the event of your death. But it’s a subject that’s commonly misunderstood. Here are five...
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A shaky history of paying bills on time or skipping a few debt repayments may seem like minor issues, but money habits from the past can come back to haunt us. Some Australians can save for years to grow a home deposit only to be knocked back for a loan because of a bad credit...
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With revisions to the Age Pension assets test just around the corner, it’s important to understand how the changes could impact you, particularly with part-pension thresholds somewhat tighter than initially projected. These thresholds are the value of assets you can own (excluding your home) before you lose eligibility for the Age Pension. Who the changes...
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You’ve probably spent much of your working life accumulating super. So, when the time comes, you might be wondering whether you’d be better off taking the money as a lump sum, income stream or both. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve pulled together some info regarding trends in Australia, what options are on...
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You may know the intimate details of your household finances, but what about your super balance? Along with the family home, super is often one of your most valuable assets. Yet many women are lagging behind men when it comes to the amount they’ll have saved in super for their retirement. Figures from the Australian...
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Whether you love climbing mountains, playing golf or collecting rare artefacts, some hobbies can get very pricy very quickly. Between club memberships, specialised equipment, tournaments and auctions, it’s very easy for your spending to soar. Hobbies are important for a well-balanced life, and can even contribute to mental wellbeing, but unchecked enthusiasm can blow the...
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The government has announced changes to three key 2016 Federal Budget proposals —the most significant being that it would not go forward with its proposal to introduce a $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional (after-tax) super contributions. In a nutshell the new proposals include: From 1 July 2017, the existing annual cap of $180,000 on after-tax...
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As humans we seem to instinctively want to find an easy way to make money quickly. Perhaps this explains why property spruikers continue to drum up business. But consumer regulators around Australia are warning about so-called property investment promoters who claim to be ‘wealth creators’ but who are really just in it for themselves. Over...
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Many self-employed workers run the risk of not having enough savings to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in retirement, research by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) has found.1 The industry body highlighted that while super was compulsory for most wage and salary earners, it wasn’t for those who were self-employed, and as a...
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