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Times are tough. How can you position yourself to minimise the impact?

The last few weeks have been extraordinary to say the least. We’re battling a world wide health crisis and we face uncertainty in many aspects of our lives.  It’s true that there are simply some things beyond our control and we will more than likely see many changes to our everyday lives for the remainder of 2020 and beyond. So, what can be done? On the other side of this, many people will be left with dramatic financial stress, whether it be periods of unemployment, depleted cash reserves or battered superannuation balances.  And for many, timing will be an issue. Those who were weeks ago contemplating retirement may now need to change their plans. And those that are still accumulating for retirement have more than likely just seen their investments and superannuation return to levels of 5 or 6 years ago. Essentially the clock has be wound back in one way or another.  It may well be a good time to take stock and lay some foundations for when things do recover (which they will). That may …
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When Socks and Jocks don’t cut it anymore.

We have a solution to avoid the old favourites: socks and jocks this Father’s Day.  As this weekend is Father’s Day, the focus should be on Dad.  You can purchase the actual book or the digital copy so Dad can access year - round savings from his smart phone.  Part proceeds from your purchase, also helps a local Brisbane charity: Be Uplifted Inc Breast Cancer Charity – so everyone wins! Click here to purchase Dad his Entertainment Book subscription. Another gift you could give Dad is encouragement. To encourage Dad to have a conversation with a financial adviser about his super and insurances. Why? Maybe Dad has started a new job or had a promotion. Maybe Dad is nearing retirement? When our lifestyle changes or work situation changes, it affects your super + insurances. Reviewing these regularly will make sure Dad stays on track. Perhaps you know Dad has a few super funds hanging out there from previous jobs. This can affect a few things – especially Dad’s back pocket and can include inap…

Financial advice is not the same for everyone.

Financial planning. That’s for people with lots of money to invest, isn’t it? Not necessarily. Sure, investment planning is an important part of financial planning, but underpinning the whole process of creating wealth in the first place is having a good financial strategy. For many people that strategy is taking each day as it comes and letting the future look after itself; but in a complex and ever-changing world, isn’t a more active approach a good idea? Each of us has specific needs and desires, of course, but there are a number of common challenges that we need to think about when developing our financial strategies. Stage of life. Baby boomers (born 1946-1964) are moving into retirement in droves so Gen X (1965-1976) is taking on the mantle of being the great wealth accumulators. For the most part, this generation has their strategies in place: pay down the mortgage, contribute to super, maybe buy an investment property, and wait for the kids to leave home. Generationally, it’s mi…

Don't Wait till you're in your 60's to see a Financial Adviser

Ask most 30-year old’s who their financial planner is and the typical response might be ‘huh?’ After all, financial advisers are for older people with plenty of money to invest, aren’t they? Well, yes, people nearing or in retirement will benefit from sound advice. But so will younger people. With the benefit of having time on their side, and with some help from an adviser, a 30-something can easily establish a wealth creation plan that can deliver a big payoff in the future. Harness compound interest It’s been called the most powerful force in the universe, and compounding returns – earning interest on your interest – can deliver dramatic results. Imagine that, at age 30, you commence a simple savings plan. You contribute $2,000 each year to an investment that delivers an after-tax return of 6% pa. After 30 years you will have contributed a total of $60,000, but your investment will be worth $158,116. The magic of compound interest will have delivered you an effortless $98,116! The longe…

What to do if your job is made redundant.

Being retrenched from your job can be hard to accept. It is the sudden shock that catches most people but try not to take it personally. Redundancy is usually not about your personal performance; it’s the performance of your employer’s business, the industry sector in which you work, or even the global economy. Dealing with the key considerations below can help you take back control of your life and career. Take control Redundancy payment: Genuine redundancy payments are given special tax treatment, including a tax-free amount related to years of service. Your lump sum payment might be your last pay packet for a while, so draw up a budget. This will help you identify areas where you can economise until you find a new job. Your financial adviser can help you work out the best use for any lump sum you receive.Mortgage: If you have a home loan, contact your lender immediately. You may be able to adjust payments while you are out of the workforce.Centrelink: You may be eligible for income su…
Before you get excited (or not), I don't offer Pet Insurance, however I have received many questions about it.  So I thought I would offer some thoughts to consider for your independent pet insurance research.
Australians are a nation of animal lovers.  According to the Australian Companion Animal Council, we have one of the highest incidences of pet - ownership in the world!
Dogs and cats are our favourites; around 36% of Australian households own a dog, and 23% own a cat.  We're familiar with the companionship pets bring, and the social interaction they foster, but there are other benefits too:
Lowered blood pressure and cholesterol;Increased physical activity;Strengthened immune system and reduced incidence of allergies andChildren learn responsibility, empathy and respect.
When considering a pet, you expect costs like food, bedding, the annual vet visit and so forth, but there are other costs you may not have thought about.

Let's start at the beginning.  Those purchasi…