The clock is ticking on major changes to superannuation that come into force on 1 July 2017. The changes are wide-ranging and are likely to affect everyone’s retirement savings. But it can pay to plan ahead both to take advantage of the existing rules, and to make the most of the new super landscape. Here…

Your options in aged care explained With multiple avenues to explore, thinking about aged care earlier rather than later could provide you or your loved one with greater flexibility. It’s possible that in the future you, or someone close to you, may need some form of care or daily living assistance. With lots of information…

Should you lend money to family? You’re probably fairly used to helping your family out with a little extra cash here and there. Whether it’s pocket money for doing chores, or money to pay phone bills, go see a movie or buy clothes, for example. But what happens when they put their hands out for…

6 tips to having the right level of insurance cover When life is busy it can be easy to overlook the important things and take your own wellbeing for granted. But it pays to stop and consider how much your loved ones depend on you. If something were to happen to you, money is the…

2017 assets test changes – what you need to know Changes to the assets test have come into effect as of 1 January 2017 and could impact anyone who qualifies for the age pension. If you are currently 65 years of age or more, you must undergo an income test and an assets test in…

Negative gearing – smart strategy or risky business? Property is always a hot topic of conversation whether it’s on the news media or at backyard barbeques, everyone seems to be talking property prices.  Fuelling the conversation is the news that property prices in Melbourne and Sydney reached new peaks last September. The median house price…

What financial records do I need to keep? Ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of paper? Tame the paperwork today and reap the rewards tomorrow. Life can be complicated enough without all the administrative paperwork that often accompanies it. This is particularly true when it comes to your personal finances. If stacks of…

Leave Campaign wins the Referendum The United Kingdom (UK) has voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a shock decision that has sent global markets plummeting. It has been over 40 years since the UK last voted to stay in the EU and sentiment towards the common market has shifted dramatically. Whilst the margin…

Economic Update

Read the latest monthly market update – covering economic and investment market issues from Australia and across the globe. MARKET AND ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Australia 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…

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. It’s all about what we define as average, and it’s not so average anymore, with Australians’ perceptions of a middle class standard of living shifting significantly upward…

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