Investing in inflation

Inflation appears to be firmly on the rise and while that is bad news for consumers it’s not necessarily bad news for investors. In fact, inflation may provide new opportunities. In the September quarter, the consumer price index (CPI) rose 3 per cent year on year, a level previously not forecast to be reached until … Read more

Cyber security – protecting yourself at home

Greater flexibility in working arrangements has been a by-product of the pandemic, as working from home has become more widespread. In fact, The Families in Australia Survey: Towards COVID Normal reported in November 2020 that two thirds of Aussies were working from home. While this flexibility has many benefits, it does also bring downsides, such … Read more

Retirement income on the house

Asset rich and income poor is the dilemma faced by many retirees. But there may be opportunities to boost your income in retirement by tapping into your biggest asset – your home. With property prices booming, many retirees are finding that the home they have lived in for decades is worth a small fortune, but … Read more

Market movements & review video – November 2021

Stay up to date with what’s happened in Australian markets over the past month. All eyes were on the September quarter inflation figures in October, as speculation mounted that the Reserve Bank may be forced to raise interest rates sooner than planned. Please get in touch if you’d like assistance with your personal financial situation.

A helping hand onto the property ladder

Buying your first home is always a big step, but with property prices rising faster than pay packets taking that first step seems more challenging than ever. National house prices rose 20 per cent in the year to September, the fastest growth since 1989. Higher prices have also fanned out from capital cities to the … Read more

Give your home deposit a super boost

With property prices continuing to rise across the country, it’s becoming much harder for many Australians to take that first step onto the property ladder. Even though interest rates are at historic lows, it is still increasingly difficult for young families or first home buyers, in particular, to save for a home deposit. Unfortunately, as … Read more

Spotlight on super performance

Superannuation has provided most fund members with stellar returns since last year’s COVID lows. As always though, some funds performed better than others and recent government reforms make it easier to find out how your fund compares. Indeed, you may have noticed recent media reports naming 13 super funds that failed a performance test conducted … Read more

Responsible investing on the rise

For many people, there’s much more to choosing investments than focusing exclusively on financial returns. Returns are important, but a growing number of people also want their investments align with their values. Everyone’s values are different but given the choice most people would wish to make a positive difference to their community and/or the planet. … Read more

Market movements & review video – October 2021

Stay up to date with what’s happened in Australian markets over the past month. Our October update takes you through key economic indicators, as September was a mixed bag on the economic front.  After reaching record highs in August, global sharemarkets stumbled in late September. Please get in touch if you’d like assistance with your personal financial … Read more

Design making your way to the best outcome

Throughout our lives, making a decision is something we do thousands of times a day. Our first thought occurs as soon as we wake, and our final thought when we drift off to sleep. Researchers have found on average, that most people will have approximately 6,200 thoughts per day.i Having so many thoughts requires us … Read more