As mentioned in the last edition of Market Watch, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut the official cash rate from 2% to 1.75%, a new all-time low, at their May meeting. The next RBA Board meeting is 7 June 2016.
Overseas holidays, new cars and having the latest technology aren’t considered luxuries anymore, but are standard lifestyle expectations of the new ‘average’ Australian, according to research by MLC.
The ‘sandwich generation’ is a term used to describe people typically in their 40s and 50s who are caught between the demands of caring for ageing parents as well as their own dependent children.
For most of us ‘spending’ is the first thing that springs to mind when we have money. So when a financial adviser suggests the idea of having a ‘budget’ most of us recoil in horror.
Australians aged over 55 who may be looking for ramped up returns are most likely to fall prey to scams. Over the last year 105,000 Australians have fallen victim to financial scams…
Even if you’re nearing retirement age you might not be looking to leave the workforce just yet. Maybe you want to save more money or perhaps you enjoy the interaction and mental stimulation.
With interest rates at record lows and little chance of a change in sight, creating a reliable income in retirement can be challenging.
You would have heard the saying: “where there’s a will, there’s a way”.
This statement is usually used to encourage people who are losing enthusiasm for a task or goal. But it also reflects the way many people feel about estate planning.