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Value of Life Insurance

Thinking about the unthinkable When asked, most people say the thing they value most is family. Yet when it comes to insurance many of us cover our car and our home but overlook our most important assets – our life, our ability to earn an income and the wellbeing of the people who depend on [...]

By | April 9, 2018|

Home and Away with Super

Australians buying their first home or downsizing in retirement are about to receive a helping hand thanks to new superannuation rules which come into effect on July 1. From that date, first home buyers will be able to contribute up to $30,000 into their super fund towards a home deposit while downsizers can put up [...]

By | March 19, 2018|

2017 Year in Review

Investors had plenty to smile about in 2017, despite a world of worries on the geopolitical stage from the Middle East to North Korea and the South China Sea. The global economy continued its steady improvement and financial markets produced some excellent returns. Australia’s economy grew by 2.8% in the year to September, marking 26 [...]

By | January 15, 2018|

Is technology really making it easier?

Much is made of the way that social media makes it easier to connect with friends and family you don’t see often. There’s a reason that Facebook’s tagline is the somewhat emotive: ‘...helps you connect and share with the people in your life’. Proponents of digital communications platforms say that accessibility and human-centred design means [...]

By | September 25, 2017|

Super Insurance

There are three types of insurance you can hold inside super: life, total and permanent disability (TPD) and income protection insurance. Many super funds automatically insure their members and will provide a (relatively small) payout if, for example, they die or suffer a debilitating accident. But the level of default cover is likely to fall [...]

By | September 13, 2017|

Economic Update

Most of the top 200 ASX-listed companies have now announced their results for the 2017 financial year and the overall report card is good.   According to CommSec, 90 per cent of companies reporting full-year results turned a profit while 91 per cent paid a dividend. Earnings were up a combined 67 per cent on [...]

By | September 4, 2017|

Home Ownership in the Spotlight

Housing affordability continues to be a major concern in Australia and not just for would-be first home buyers. It also affects pre-retirees forced to work longer to repay bigger mortgages and older Australians unable to downsize from large family homes due to a lack of affordable options.  The latest 2016 Census revealed a gradual decline [...]

By | August 14, 2017|

Stay safe from SCAMS at tax time….

It seems as though every year, as people gear up for tax time, there’s a new type of fraud or cyber attack that crops up. Scammers apparently just love taking advantage of how busy people are, and how badly people want to do the right thing when it comes to dealing with government authorities like [...]

By | June 22, 2017|

An Insurance Lifeline when you need it most

Trauma insurance is the middle child of the personal insurance family. It’s overshadowed by its better-known siblings but it’s a quiet achiever that will do the heavy lifting when the circumstances require it. Trauma insurance – sometimes known as critical illness insurance – provides a lump sum payment in the event of a major illness [...]

By | June 12, 2017|

Getting the right balance….

Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget of the Coalition’s second term in office marked a significant shift in tone from the tough stance of its three previous budgets. The centrepiece of the budget is the use of ‘good debt’ to fund $75 billion worth of infrastructure projects to create jobs and promote economic growth. To achieve [...]

By | May 11, 2017|