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For many Australians, deciding whether to rent or buy a home to live in is a choice, and over time their preferences around this will undoubtedly change or evolve. But for others it’s more a matter of affordability. Housing affordability in Australia According to AMP Capital’s chief economist Dr Shane Oliver, housing affordability has been...
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Crikey, I’m getting bombarded by email scams. This week I had very good fake emails from Australia Post, a major bank I don’t bank with, and a pretty dodgy one where the perpetrators can’t spell, but who want me to pay a fine from the Australian Federal Police. And I am clearly not alone! Over...
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If your spouse—husband, wife, de facto, same-sex partner—is a low income earner or not working at the moment, chances are they’re accumulating little or no super at all to fund their retirement. The good news is, if you help by contributing some of your own money to their super, you could be eligible to receive...
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With no definitive retirement age in Australia, the date you exit the workforce will probably come down to personal circumstance and whether you can afford it. The age you retire in Australia isn’t set in stone. You can really retire whenever you want to, but health, financial commitments and your ability to fund the lifestyle...
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Capital gains tax is what you pay when you profit on the sale of certain assets. These could be assets you own or that you’ve inherited. Capital gains tax applies to shares, land and property, unless it’s your primary residence. It may even apply to certain collectibles and personal items depending on what you paid...
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Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison put forward a number of proposed changes, mainly around contributions to superannuation and taxation, in the budget last night. Here’s a brief roundup of what the proposals could mean for you—whether you’re starting out in your career, taking care of a family, on the cusp of retirement or enjoying life after...
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Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison put forward a number of proposed changes, mainly around contributions to superannuation and taxation, in his budget speech last night. Here’s a brief roundup of what the proposals could mean for you—whether you’re starting out in your career, taking care of family, on the cusp of retirement or enjoying life after...
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If you’ve got a credit card, personal loan, mobile phone plan or utility account, there’s probably a credit reporting agency out there that has a file with your name on it. Didn’t have a clue about this? Well, you’re not alone—59% of Australians haven’t heard of credit reporting.1 With that in mind, we’ve pulled together...
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Australians are taking a smart approach to their mortgages, with Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) figures showing home owners are, on average, 2.5 years ahead with their home loan. The RBA based its findings on the value of money sitting in home loan offset accounts and redraw facilities, which total about 17% of the nation’s...
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As the new financial year draws closer, it’s a good idea to set yourself up to be better off.  By automating some day-to-day money tasks, you can focus on the big picture and get yourself on the road to financial success. 1. Reach a goal with savings You may have a goal, or several, that...
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