Archive for the ‘Debt Management’ Category

Tap and go – is it too easy to use our credit cards?

By admin • May 30th, 2017
Tap and go – is it too easy to use our credit cards?

Talk about hammering the plastic. In November 2016 Australia’s 16.7 million credit card accounts were used to make 226 million transactions with a total value of $27.8 billion. We are currently paying interest on $32.2 billion worth of credit card debt, running up an annual interest bill of over $5.6 billion (that’s $5,600,000,000!). It’s not […]

Different ways to invest in shares

By admin • January 31st, 2017

Media headlines focus more on share market drops than rises, but wherever there is a weakness there is usually an opportunity lying in wait. High quality companies are available at excellent value if you know where to look, but if you’re not sure how to take advantage of these opportunities, we’ve outlined three ways to invest […]

Super or the mortgage?

By admin • November 29th, 2016

Many people wait until their home loan is paid off before investing more in super. However, if you are currently making more than the minimum home loan repayments, you may be better off when you retire if you make additional super contributions instead. Why super? There are two key reasons why topping up your super […]

Offset accounts: A better way to manage your mortgage

By admin • November 29th, 2016

If you want to repay your mortgage quickly and still have easy access to your additional repayments, an offset account may be worth using. What’s an offset account? An offset account is a transaction account that is linked to your home loan and the money you deposit in it offsets the loan balance before interest […]

Keys to de-stressing a mortgage

By admin • October 26th, 2016

“Don’t sail out farther than you can row back.” This Danish saying is sound advice for anyone thinking of borrowing to buy a home, particularly now that interest rates are low and house prices are generally rising. According to a paper (1) for the Centre of Policy Development and University of Canberra, Australians have a […]

A tale of two retirements – which would you choose?

By admin • September 15th, 2016

Sam and Sally Smith have worked hard all their lives, paid their taxes and, now they have retired, they feel they are entitled to a full age pension. Jan and Jim Jones have also worked hard and paid their taxes. However, concerned that Australia’s aging population and ballooning pension bill will make it increasingly difficult […]

What is an annuity?

By admin • September 15th, 2016

The term ‘Annuity’ is often mentioned in the financial press or TV advertising, but what actually are annuities and how do they work in practice? The word annuity itself originates from the meaning ‘annual’ and can by definition, be described as ‘a yearly allowance’. To explain them in plain English is as a ‘really long […]

Should I Refinance?

By admin • August 10th, 2016

Where to start? An accredited mortgage broker can help weigh up your options. Refinancing a mortgage can be daunting. Fees, fixed versus variable interest rates and monthly charges all need to be considered. The right refinanced loan could help you pay off your mortgage faster and for less, clear unhealthy debt or help you upgrade […]

Inflation-proofing your retirement

By admin • February 5th, 2016

Without the benefit of a crystal ball, it’s impossible to determine exactly how much one person will need to meet their individual retirement needs. We often hear that we’re living much longer so the amount we retire on must last a longer distance. However, what about the value of your retirement funds? How will inflation […]

Time to reflect

By admin • January 29th, 2016

Many people use the Christmas/New Year period to reflect on the year that has just passed, often in a blur, and begin thinking about the future and how to achieve their hopes and dreams. Similarly, the new financial year is a good opportunity to reconsider financial strategies and goals. Below is a simple guide to […]

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