With the increasing concern of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) globally, many individuals are being directly impacted both physically and financially. During these circumstances, it is understandable to be unsure of what the future holds. During these unprecedented times, it is important to be ‘alert but not alarmed’.
It’s an oldie but a goodie – never put all your eggs into one basket. But, what’s the best way to grow your wealth with investment options outside cash.
Saving your money is important. But, putting your money into a savings account, even with a decent interest rate, may not be the best way to grow your wealth.
Most Australian’s want to know where is the best place to stash your money for a rainy day, a holiday or to have extra income when needed and it’s becoming a bit harder with all the volatility in share markets and property. It’s also become more urgent if you are expecting a handy tax return.
Aussies are living 10 years longer than we did 50 years ago with a combination of medical advancement, increased life expectancy and more active lifestyles well into retirement. Expectations of retirement are also higher, whether that be overseas travel, learning a new skill or spoiling the grandkids. This increases the need to look at ways of boosting your retirement savings before the need to draw an income from those assets.
Recent changes to boost retirement income may go at least some of the way to achieving your dream retirement and providing for a healthy, independent and good life in your later years. While there are some changes that affect self-funded retirees, the changes generally relate to those with Centrelink entitlements.
Here are the three main areas where changes have been introduced as of 1 July 2019.
For the first time in years, the planets seem to be aligning for homebuyers and property investors. Interest rates are falling, property prices largely appear to be stabilising and constraints on bank mortgage lending have been relaxed.
It’s welcome news for first homebuyers and anyone who has been waiting on the sidelines for a signal that the downturn in house prices could be at or near the bottom in key markets such as Melbourne and Sydney.
As is always the case though with the national housing market, the full story is more than a tale of two cities.
To help reduce credit card balances, many people turn to balance transfer credit cards.
While these cards can help you reduce your debt, they do tend to catch people out from time to time by fineprint terms and conditions.
In this article, we’ll flag some common pitfalls and discuss the right way to use these cards so you can take a holiday from debt and be one step closer to financial freedom.