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My 5 tips…..for using a mortgage broker

Jonathan Ekehov from Eko Finance and Home Loans writes There are lots of good reasons why more than half of Australians now use a broker to secure a home loan. Here are my top 5. 1. Probably the most important one that is we work for you, not the banks. We work with multiple lenders, not…

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Smart ways to financially get ahead in your 40’s

In your 40’s and still not financially secure? Don’t fret. You can still catch up. Being in your 40’s often involves balancing different priorities. For example, you may need to care for your ageing parents, grow your career or business, and if you’re a parent, support your children. With all these responsibilities, it’s easy to…

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Insurance: Get insurance while you’re still bulletproof

According to research by TAL insurance provider the cost of personal insurance soars after the age of 35. This is also the time in our lives that you may be going through significant change such as marriage, children, a bigger mortgage and more responsibilities. In the previous 5 years to 2017, TAL paid out insurance…

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Market Wrap

Shares rebound January was a more positive month for investors after December’s volatility, with shares recovering most of their late 2018 losses. Global shares rose by 7.1% and 4.1% in hedged and unhedged terms respectively. US shares, having led December’s decline, performed strongly, ending the month up 7.9%. They were boosted by the US Federal…

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Take control of your retirement

Are you affected by the increase in the Age Pension’s qualifying age? Take steps now to avoid getting caught short on retirement income. The minimum age to qualify for the Age Pension has started going up. For those born on or after 1 July 1952, the qualifying age increases by six months every two years…

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Market Wrap

January 2019 Shares plummet; bonds rally December was a poor month for share investors as a concerning mixture of rising US interest rates, a slowdown in eurozone business confidence, weaker Chinese growth and rising political tensions saw global markets plummet. Global shares fell 8.3% and 4.3% in hedged and unhedged terms respectively. US shares led…

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Five ways to stick to your financial resolutions

Setting a financial goal for the New Year? Take Steps to make it work It’s that time of year when we set new goals or dust off old ones. But how can we boost our chances of sticking to our financial resolution? Here are some practical tips. 1. Choose an attainable goal It’s good to be ambitious, but you may…

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Save through super for your first home

A new scheme may help you make your dream of owning a home come true. Property prices in some parts of Australia have made owning a home unattainable for many prospective first‑time buyers. But the First Home Super Saver scheme, passed by the Australian Government back in December 2017, may help keep their dream of buying their first…

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Market Wrap

Geopolitical events dominate                                                                                                   November 2018 Global shares…

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Saving for retirement: Hacks for parents with dependents

You can build your retirement savings while supporting your dependents. Providing for your dependent children doesn’t have to come at the expense of saving for retirement. There are ways you can build a sufficient nest egg while supporting your children. Saving for retirement Forced saving can be your ally in building your retirement fund. Making…

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