What the election outcome means for you? The federal election is done and dusted, and the Coalition Government has been given another three years in power. How will this outcome affect Australians’ finances? What will change – and what won’t – when it comes to policies affecting people’s money? Can we expect any surprises? The Coalition Government staying in power will largely mean consistency and continuity. Policies that are positive for people’s finances and could have been withdrawn had there been a change in government will now stay. What are some of these policies, and who can – or should – take advantage of them?
Welcome to our quarterly magazine – in this edition: • Take control of your retirement • Stay financially healthy even in sickness • How social media affects our spending • Rising cost of cyber crime • Protect your ability to earn income • Discover the benefits of mindful eating • Super: too important to ignore
Planning ahead can help to demystify aged care and reduce stress levels. With awareness and pre-planning, you can maintain control and choice, have access to the financial resources to pay for care and minimise the stress on you and your family. This article discusses the steps you should consider when planning to move to residential aged care.
Welcome to our quarterly magazine – in this edition: • How to deal with irregular income • Cashflow: Keeping top tips top of mind • Downsizer super contributions could help you boost your super • Prepare for the rising Age Pension age • Smart ways to get ahead in your 40s • Enjoy luxuries without sacrificing your financial security • Six ways to get the most out of a windfall
January was a more positive month for investors after December’s volatility, with shares recovering most of their late 2018 losses. Global shares rose by 7.1% and 4.1% in hedged and unhedged terms respectively.
Welcome to our quarterly magazine – in this edition: • Weaning young adults off the bank of Mum and Dad • How to manage finances in a relationship • Catch up on your super contributions • The five key questions on aged care • How to make working in retirement more enjoyable • Six ways to get more out of a windfall
Windfalls such as salary bonuses and inheritances are more common than many people think. An Australian survey showed that 85% of seniors are likely to leave an inheritance for their children, with an estimated $3.3 trillion pledged1.
Whether they’re saving for a house or a holiday or seeking to grow or preserve their family wealth, setting up and sticking to a budget can help couples attain their common goals. By handling money well, they can avoid disagreements that could put a strain on their relationship.
Welcome to our quarterly magazine – in this edition: • Five ways to protect your financial information • Protect your ability to earn income • What does a weaker Aussie dollar mean for your investments? • Retirees get more flexibility to boost their super • How to live a happy life
Sometimes you can’t avoid debt in a business. You may have to take out a loan, for example, to increase production or expand your business offerings. But piling up a lot of debt may leave your business in financial difficulty or, worse, bankrupt. So it’s vital to manage your debt before it gets out of hand. Here are some practical suggestions to consider.
On 8 May 2018, the Turnbull Government announced in the Federal Budget that there could be changes to personal income taxation commencing 1 July 2018. These proposed changes included: • introduction of a new temporary Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (LMITO) payable over four financial years • progressive changes to personal income tax thresholds. Since the announcement was made, the changes have now passed Parliament and await Royal Assent, which is usually just a formality. With this in mind, we take a look at what these changes may mean for you.
Share markets delivered solid returns in June. However, the gap between robust returns across most developed markets and weak returns in emerging markets continued. Australian equities continue to perform strongly.
Preparing for retirement can be difficult for parents who have dependent children to support. They may find themselves torn between saving for retirement and setting aside money for their children’s education or other needs. Even adult children ask their parents for financial help; one survey found that more than half of Australians aged 18 to 35 borrow regularly from their parents, including to get help with big purchases or university fees.
First-home buyers can now use their super to save for a house deposit, thanks to the First Home Super Saver scheme. Exorbitant property prices have made entering the market a pipe dream for many first-home buyers. They need to find more than $175,000 for a 20 per cent deposit to buy a house in Sydney at the median value of $878,325, according to CoreLogic data
Welcome to the latest edition of inTouch magazine. This quarter we focus on topical articles that are relevant for many of our clients, no matter what stage of life they are in. Whether you are just starting out and getting your financial future on track early, or you are heading towards the golden days of retirement and beyond, our articles provide useful information that we are pleased to share with you.
Trump’s trade tariffs with possible repercussions in the form of a trade war and a shake-up in technology stocks, led by Facebook on the back of its privacy violation, meant March was a bumpy ride for Wall Street. The U.S. stock market finished the first quarter of 2018 with losses for the first time in 10 quarters.
You need to be savvy to build a sufficient nest egg for retirement. Planning is key, and so is getting professional advice. Most Australians are not saving enough for retirement and risk running out of money sooner than they expect. Data shows that in 2015–16, Australians had average superannuation balances of only $270,710 for men and $157,050 for women at the time of retirement.1 These sums are significantly lower than the $545,000 that the Association of Superannuation Funds (ASFA) estimates singles need for a comfortable lifestyle in later years.
Share markets continued late-January’s correction in February before a partial bounce-back saw global shares recover some ground, ending the month down 3.7% in hedged terms. New US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s debut testimony flagged the Fed may raise rates 4 rather than 3 times this year. This, along with prospects of a larger US fiscal deficit sent US Treasury yields and the US dollar higher.
Welcome to our quarterly magazine – in this edition: Start your own business and thrive Professional advice and customised portfolio solutions • Managing your money through illness or injury What’s the Bitcoin buzz? Wedding budget bliss: how to afford your dream wedding Change your lifestyle, change your health
New Year’s resolutions help you focus on what you would like to achieve in the coming year. Financial resolutions can be particularly beneficial, especially if you’re serious about following them through. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Most share markets ended 2017 positively, with global shares in hedged terms returning 1.1% in December, topping off a strong year (20.0%). A strong earnings season and the passing of the long anticipated tax reform legislation boosted US shares in December. The S&P 500 delivered positive returns for each month of 2017 without much volatility.
Welcome to our quarterly magazine – in this edition:What’s new in superannuation? Simple ways to help keep Christmas affordable Why you should consider key-person insurance Five things to consider when giving to charities Plan behind Healthy tips for avoiding dementia
The urge to donate is strong in Australia, and it’s easy to make it part of your financial plan. An estimated 14.9 million Australian adults (80.8 per cent of the population) gave $12.5 billion to charities and not-for-profit organisations in 2015–16.
Talk surrounding Donald Trump’s proposed tax reforms and solid economic data more than offset concerns about North Korea, the US Federal Reserve announcing that they will commence to trim their balance sheet and likely lift rates again this year.
As kids grow older, their financial needs – and their opportunities – grow more complex. If you have done the groundwork and taught your children the benefits of budgeting and saving, it will be much easier to talk to them about managing their finances in their teens and beyond. Teaching good money management early will help them make informed financial decisions over the long term.
Share markets in the US closed flat for August after a choppy month on the back of US political uncertainty, riots in Charlottesville and tensions in North Korea. The devastation of Hurricane Harvey also contributed to what has been the most volatile month in the S&P500 this year.
Global share markets paused in the month following rising volatility on the back of lower oil prices. The Fed raised interest rates by another 25bps following better economic conditions although the market ...
Global share markets rose during the month as a strong reporting season in the US and Europe lifted investor confidence. Australian shares underperformed global shares as concerns over economic growth ...
Market Highlights, Onwards and upwards Global growth indicators continued to firm through November as inflation expectations rose on the back of higher levels of industrial activity. Share markets, especially...