Tag: Darren Foster

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Investment bonds – an alternative to super

A number of changes came into effect on 1 July 2017 that limit the amount of money those saving for retirement can put into super. This includes new limits on concessional (or before tax) and non-concessional (or after tax) contributions.

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Boost your retirement income with salary sacrifice

By contributing into your super, you can reduce the amount of tax you pay while adding to your future retirement income.

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Who’ll inherit your family heirlooms, if not your kids?

If you’re a baby boomer, you may be considering passing down some of your treasured possessions to your children or grandchildren—especially if downsizing your home is on the horizon. If you’ve already made the assumption that they’ll be willing recipients, you could be in for a surprise.

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Funding retirement income in a low interest rate environment

While a traditional bank deposit is generally regarded as one of the safest forms of investment, it also currently offers amongst the lowest returns. For those relying on bank deposits to fund their retirement income, the current record low interest rate environment offers little reward.

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Economic Update – August 2017

Read the latest monthly market update – covering economic and investment market issues from around the world, as well as locally.

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Working after kids – is it worth it?

To work, or not to work? That is the question many Australian women (and some men) have to consider after having children. Sadly, both options can have long-term negative financial consequences. While it would seem obvious that not working is likely to set your bank balance back, going back to work can also be costly. Indeed, studies have shown that some mothers go back to work for no net financial gain. That’s because childcare in Australia is extremely expensive.

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Travel tips to help you spend less on your next holiday

It’s that time of year again when it feels as though everyone you know is escaping winter to head off across the world on a fabulous holiday (and sharing many photos to prove it). Whether you’re about to head off on a travelling adventure yourself, or your planning is still in the dreaming stage, take note of these tips to ensure your hard earned break is as stress free as possible.

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Super savings for your first home

Let’s face it, getting your foot on the first rung of the property ladder is not only hard, for an increasing number of younger Australians, it’s downright impossible. As housing prices, particularly in capital cities, continue to outstrip wages growth, even saving for a deposit to buy a house can seem all too hard. It’s a bit like taking one step forward and two steps back, right?

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Staying safe online

Financial cybercrime is on the rise in Australia, as the increasing use of technology such as online banking and social media makes it an attractive target for criminals. Despite increasingly sophisticated methods being used, there are a number of things you can do to help you and your family stay safe online.

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Don’t be driven by short-term sentiment and emotion

Arguably, the most common fear holding an investor back from achieving a great return is a misunderstanding of what happens when markets fall (as they invariably do). In order to use fear to our advantage, we would be well served to seek to understand the following three principles around shares and their value …

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Compare principal and interest and interest-only home loans

Finding out which home loan is right for you depends on your personal situation. Are you looking for a home loan to buy your first home, update your current one or as an investment in retirement? Are you confused by all the jargon and what type of home loan is right for you? We delve into two of the most popular home loans: principal and interest and interest-only.

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Millions but not all to benefit from 2017 super changes

With changes to super now in effect, numerous Australians will get a leg up, many being low-income earners. According to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), more than four million Australians will benefit from the super changes that came into effect on 1 July 2017.

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