What is the retirement age in Australia?

The age you retire in Australia isn’t set in stone. You can really retire whenever you want to, but a number of factors could play a big part in your decision. Your financial situation, health, employment opportunities and coordinating with your partner, if you have one, could all play a role in helping you determine … Read more

Budget smarter with the 50/20/30 rule

Looking at your spending in a new light could make a substantial difference to your financial future. The 50/20/30 budget rule works for one main reason – it’s easy. New to budgeting? You may know how much money you make and have a rough idea of how much you spend. But do you know what … Read more

Types of retirement pensions explained

If you’d like to know what the difference is between a transition-to-retirement pension, an account-based pension, an annuity, and the government’s Age Pension, we break it down. If you’re in or nearing retirement and have heard the term ‘pension’ being thrown around, you may have picked up that there are different types of retirement pensions … Read more

How much do I need to save for a home deposit?

If you’re ready to step onto the property ladder, the first thing you’ll need is a deposit. But exactly how much you’ll need to save will depend on a few factors, including what you can afford to borrow and how much your ideal property costs. Your overall financial situation, and in particular, your income and … Read more

Tax-deductible super contributions explained

Did you know, you may be able to claim a tax deduction on certain super contributions when you do your tax return? Whether you’re employed, self-employed, or in some instances even unemployed or retired, you may be able to claim a tax deduction on certain after-tax super contributions you’ve made. These don’t include compulsory SG contributions your … Read more

Timing the market: a buyer’s guide to the property cycle

If you are surprised at how prices in cities and regional areas have risen even in the face of the social and economic havoc caused by COVID-19, you’re not alone. If you are thinking of buying property, you may even be a little concerned about what the current property market means for your buying decisions.  Is timing everything, or is time in the market more important? Whether you’re a first … Read more

What is equity and how can I use it to invest?

Whether you’re looking to invest in property, renovate or pay off something big, borrowing against the equity in your home may be helpful, if you’re across the risks. The equity in your property can be a valuable resource, as it may allow you to borrow money to achieve your goals, whether they be investment or … Read more

What’s an NFT?

NFTs have been circulating in recent headlines, along with words like “blockchain” and “cryptocurrency”. You may have seen them parodied on the U.S. television show Saturday Live or heard them discussed on your favourite podcasts. So what’s all the hype? What’s an NFT What are you actually getting when you buy one What risks are … Read more

Using comparison websites

When you’re comparing things like insurance, credit cards and home loans, comparison websites can be helpful. But they have limitations and may not cover all your options. What to keep in mind They make money Comparison websites are businesses. They make money in different ways, for example: from sponsored links by showing sponsored links before … Read more