Money mistakes people in their 20s make

Published: October 9, 2017

See how you can work around common money traps so you've got cash today, tomorrow and in the future. In your 20s, you might be saving for an overseas trip, eyeing a new car, looking for your own pad, or simply trying to keep your wardrobe up-to-date, and have cash left over for Saturday night. […]

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October 2017 Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

Published: October 3, 2017

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the global economy have improved. Labour markets have tightened and above-trend growth is expected in a number of advanced economies, although uncertainties remain. Growth in the Chinese economy is being supported by increased spending on infrastructure […]

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The US Federal Reserve starts quantitative tightening

Published: September 21, 2017

The US Federal Reserve provided few surprises following its September meeting. While it left interest rates on hold, it confirmed that it will begin what it calls “balance sheet normalisation” next month and continued to signal its expectation that it will raise interest rates again in December and in the years ahead. While projected interest […]

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More Aussies retiring later in life

Published: September 20, 2017

Australians have one of the highest life expectancies in the world and forecasts show that’s only going to increase over the next four decades1. To put it into perspective, around 40 years ago, the number of Australians over age 85 was 80,000 and in about another 40 years that number is projected to reach around […]

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Salary sacrificing super

Published: September 20, 2017

If you make voluntary super contributions through a salary sacrifice agreement you should be aware of how your contributions will affect your super balance. You can agree with your employer for your voluntary contribution to be in addition to your employer’s compulsory super contribution. If you are deciding whether you should salary sacrifice some of […]

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Options: Why diversification may not be enough

Published: September 14, 2017

If you look around the world we face unprecedented risks. The Trump Presidency, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, rising interest rates, and fully valued markets are all spot fires that could engulf portfolios. These risks can seriously dent investor’s and client’s life savings, and damage their ability to reach important financial goals. The stakes are high. […]

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5 reasons commercial property is a great source of stable retirement income

Published: September 14, 2017

Residential property has become the new religion in Australia. The buoyant market, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne where house prices have jumped 75% and 50% respectively in recent years, means residential is constantly talked about and analysed.  But as more and more baby boomers move into retirement, there is a growing need to seek investments […]

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Looking after your finances when looking after others

Published: September 13, 2017

There are millions of Australians providing care to an older person or someone with a disability or long term health condition. Looking after ageing parents or unwell family members and friends can be very emotional and stressful. Your day to day routine could change dramatically. It's important to look after yourself and keep an eye […]

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