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An adequate retirement income is – like beauty – all in the eyes of the beholder. The Australian superannuation system has for the past 20 years been concentrated more on the value of the account balance at the time of retirement – the ‘how much is enough’ question. That debate is now shifting quite noticeably...
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If you don’t want your children to treat you like an ATM, start teaching them about money early – how to earn it, how to save it and how to spend it wisely. You can begin at any time, but it’s best to use simple concepts such as the difference between needs and wants early...
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So you’ve carefully filed all your important documents but how can you protect them from being destroyed if the worst happens to your home or business? Follow these tips to help you disaster proof your important documents and financial records. Secure important documents Keep an electronic copy offsite Back it up in the cloud Use...
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You have probably heard of the classic marshmallow test conducted more than 40 years ago by US psychologist Walter Mischel. Professor Mischel, then at Stanford University, led this unique research into delayed gratification – that is, the ability to wait for something that is really wanted. Hundreds of children aged four to six were taken...
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If retirement is on the horizon, you’ve probably heard about an account-based pension (also known as an allocated pension) as one of the income stream options available. We’ve answered some of the commonly asked questions about account-based pensions to help you navigate your way. What is an account-based pension? An account-based pension is a regular...
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According to a study by AMP/NATSEM, average household debt has soared from about $60,000 in the late 1980s to around $250,000 today. For many people, a good chunk of household debt is taken up by their home loan. If you can manage the repayments, that’s not a problem – your home will grow in value...
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Take it from me, the day when you’re ready to hang up your work boots is likely to roll around far more quickly than you anticipate, and it pays to be prepared. If you think time passes more quickly as you get older, you’re absolutely right. It turns out there’s a whole range of scientific...
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There are a variety of avenues in which you can bolster your future earnings potential, but if you’re considering investing in yourself through further education, here’s some food for thought. Do I need a tertiary education? The first thing to ask yourself is – does the field you want to enter require tertiary qualifications. If...
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According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the number of parents who work is far greater than a few decades ago. Not so long ago in 1983, the number of parents who both worked full time was just 17%. The most recent Australian Census shows  that in 2009 it had increased to 25%1. Given...
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If you were expecting to have the house to yourself once your kids reached a certain age, you may have to adjust your expectations. Because for Generation Y—or millenials as they’re often called—moving out is not the rite-of-passage it once was. In 2011, around 29% of young adults aged 18-34 years lived without a partner...
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