Families have just a few weeks before a new child care subsidy kicks in. Find out if your family will be better or worse off after the goalposts shift.
They say a fool and their money are easily parted. But with how sophisticated scams are becoming nowadays, it’s no longer just fools who are being duped. Here’s how to spot a scam in the digital day and age.
We pride ourselves on getting you a darn good home loan. So if someone calls up out of the blue with suspicious promises of a better offer, here’s how to know if you’re being scammed.
Much has been made of federal budget’s tax relief measures. But don’t wait around for them like a chump. They could be pocket-change compared to what you could save from getting your own house in order.
Blink and you’ll miss it. Well, at least that’s how it feels when mustering up the effort to keep pace with the 24-hour news cycle these days. Here’s a good ol’ fashioned post-budget property news round-up.
So you’ve finally found the property of your dreams and you can’t stand the thought of someone else moving in? Don’t let a payment oversight get in the way.
Fishing? Travelling? Lending your expertise to a charity? How you intend to spend your golden years is every bit as important as how you save for it.
First home buyers are finally getting a bigger piece of the east coast property pie, thanks to the availability of first home buyer incentives and the easing in investor activity.
Though the ads are often cliche, overly dramatic, and designed to provoke a sense of fear, life insurance can play an important role for some families.
You know how it goes. You see that dream property you’ve just got to have, and then next minute, the budget is in smithereens. Well, at least that’s what happens to almost a quarter of home buyers.
Ever heard that saying along the lines of: ‘A dollar saved is a dollar earned’? Well, that’s not exactly true. Because a dollar saved can earn you much, much more.
If you had a roadmap for life, buying your first property would fall somewhere around getting married and having your first child. You spend hours upon hours researching up on the first two, so it only makes sense to do a bit of homework on this one, too.
How much money would be enough for you to become financially free for the rest of your life? One million? Three million? Recent research has revealed the ‘magic number’, and it’s a little surprising.
So you’ve decided to finally take the plunge and start saving for a deposit to buy your first home? Here’s a few handy tips to get you started.
If you’re a soon-to-be retiree, you can be forgiven for thinking you’ve been a little hard done by with regards to retirement planning schemes. Rest assured there’s still time to ensure a comfortable retirement.
In a perfect world you select a property to buy, complete with white picket fence, and the settlement goes through on the agreed date without a hitch. But as we all know, we don’t live in a perfect world.
Your bags are packed, your visas are confirmed, and your immunisations are up-to-date. But have you made sure you won’t be charged an arm and a leg during the trip?
Whether you’re planning to send your children to a public school, faith-based school or a private school, here’s how much you can expect to pay for their education.
Looking to sell your current property and upgrade to another? Here’s all you need to know about bridging loans.
Seen an offer along the lines of: ‘Drive away, 0% finance to pay’? Well, like most things in life, when it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
For most first home buyers, the property market can seem like a tough nut to crack. But today we’ll look at a new super scheme that makes it a whole lot easier to save for a deposit.
Whether you’re moving into a new property, or looking to save for an investment, here are five things you can do now to save money and the environment.
We’ve all seen the movies where the luckless protagonist borrows money from a remorseless loanshark and is warned they’ll lose a finger each day they’re overdue. Fortunately, us Australians have more civilized short-notice borrowing options, but they’re not without their risks.
Purchases don’t come much bigger than buying a new home. So it surprised me this week to discover that most homebuyers spend more time watching one Netflix episode than they do inspecting a property.
Small business owners are risking their health and their businesses by eschewing an annual holiday. Is it time you took a break?
‘Have you heard of my new Kickstarter? It’s a combination smart phone/coffee cup. I just need $100,000 to get it up and running. Want to contribute?’
Taxpayers are being put on notice by the ATO, which will be paying close attention to claims for ‘other work-related expenses’ this year.
The hangover has worn off, the (frightening) wedding bills have been paid, and you finally have time to relax and look forward to a long life of marital bliss ahead. Or do you?
Buckle up: interest charges have risen faster over the past year than any other corresponding period since 2011. That’s despite the Reserve Bank keeping rates on hold for the last 16 months.
The sharing economy isn’t simply here to stay, it’s a thriving part of the Australian business landscape. Here are four platforms to keep an eye on.
Financing options for homebuyers could open up once more with the federal government suggesting that lending restrictions could be eased if property prices fall sharper than expected.
Sure, the first half of this week has seen the Australian share market described as a “bloodbath”. But now’s not a good time to panic. Here’s why.
For many of us, a mortgage is something that stays around for the better part of our adult lives. Not so for Heidi Farrelly and her family.
Drop the clutch of excuses. Here’s how to ensure you never forget recording your work kilometres ever again.
It takes more than just cutting back on avocados to make it financially in Australia. Here’s what the under 35s really need to know.
Taxpayers are confused as to why they’re being put into the ATO’s PAYG instalments system without being informed of the change nor properly advised about outstanding debts, a report has found.
Family trusts can be a good way to protect your family’s assets and ensure smooth succession planning. But be warned: they’re not for everyone.
If you saw on the news that someone’s business was robbed because they left the back door open, you may think they were daft. But don’t scoff, you could be doing the same with your business’s online security.
There are renewed calls to reform stamp duty across Australia following a report that reveals the controversial tax paid by homebuyers has almost doubled in just four years.
One of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make with your partner is whether or not to tie the knot. Not far behind that is whether to tie your accounts together.
Whether you’re fed up with the boss and looking to start your own business, or simply looking to pay off your home loan faster – the old adage ‘you need to spend money to make money’ doesn’t necessarily always ring true.
NRL vs AFL. Neighbours vs Home & Away. Gas vs charcoal grill. We Aussies are no strangers to a heated debate. And that extends to the shares vs property discussion.
What small business issues would you like to see improved in 2018? Find out if they’re on the Ombudsman’s 2018 priority list.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with a long list of tasks, so we’ve simplified things for you. Just tackle one job on this list each month and you’ll make a huge difference to your finances in 2018.
With the festive season upon us we’d like to take a moment to thank you all for a fantastic 2017!
A five-star rating score may sound like a great way to decide what brand to buy this Christmas, but who is doing the rating, and what do those stars actually mean?
Saying no to family is always difficult. But if a family member or friend asks you to become a loan guarantor, it always pays to think carefully before signing on the dotted line.
Whether you’re keen to start monetizing a passion project, or want to finally escape office politics and run your own show, here are four issues that trip up new business owners.
Ask 10 different financial experts about the future of Bitcoin, and you’ll get 10 different answers. Here’s the good, the bad and the outright ugly.
All savvy business owners know that high performing employees are the backbone of a company. Here’s how to get the most out of your staff and see your business thrive.
Australians have gravitated towards the benefits of interest-only home loans in high numbers in years gone by. But a raft of changes mean it may be time to switch it up.
Hint: two are property moguls, two are mining giants, and one built his empire on cardboard.
You may have heard the PM drop a big hint earlier this week that tax cuts are coming for middle-income Aussie families. It was all very light on detail, so here’s what to make of it.
You’ve probably heard about “the Australian housing bubble”. You may even have heard that it could one day burst. But is there really any cause for alarm?
Half of all Australian parents don’t believe their children are equipped with the skills needed to thrive in future. Are you setting your kids up for success?
You may have heard that the RBA is once again holding its horses when it comes to the official cash rate. But you probably missed the much bigger interest rate news one day earlier.
Banks spend a lot of time telling you a credit card will solve all your problems. While there’s no denying they come in handy, consider the risks before getting too deep in plastic.
Gone are the days when depending on Mr. Right was the only way to secure a comfortable future. And frankly, good riddance!
If you don’t get paid what you’re worth, perhaps it’s time to ask. Here’s how to have that overdue conversation with your boss.
You’ve got clients, you’re making money and you’re paying the bills. But if you don’t have a budget, how do you know your business is on track? Many businesses make […]
Identity theft is on the rise. People are increasingly putting more of their private information on public platforms, making it easier for online thieves to make a living at your […]
It’s not enough to simply tell your kids that “money doesn’t grow on trees”. Here are three ways to set them up with good spending habits for life. By the […]
You don’t just want your business to survive – you want it to thrive. And for that to happen you need a loyal customer base.
In the past, most Australians didn’t think about what their money was doing. Well, beyond making them more money, that is. We give you the lowdown on what it all means to be an ethical investor.
Blockchain. Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies. You’ve probably heard these words popping up more and more often around your office’s water-cooler, but what do they mean? Let us explain.
Exchange Traded Funds, or ETFs, are often cited as a lower-risk, lower-cost alternative to mutual funds and index funds. Here’s a little bit more information about them.
The cash in your company’s coffers isn’t just for you, so why treat it that way? Here are four reasons to bring back the pay slip.
Negative reviews are one of the most frustrating things about running a business in the digital day and age. Here’s how to spin that negative into a positive for your business.
Online reviews are today’s word-of-mouth, but if you want to become a trending topic you need to be part of the conversation first.
Single Touch Payroll. Sounds much simpler than the current process, right? Well it will soon be mandatory for many businesses. Find out if yours will be one.