New rules for credit cards: what do they mean for you?
By Dee Chan, Financial Advisor The name John Biggins may not sound familiar, but the banking industry has much to thank him for. Mr Biggins, a Brooklyn banker, was the brains behind the very first credit card in 1946. Known as the Charg-It card, it led to Diners Club membership cards and store cards, revolutionising […]
5 common financial mistakes people make in their 40s
By Dee Chan, Financial Advisor The 40s are, for many people, a critical decade for building wealth. Income is usually on the rise, but so are expenses such as mortgages and school fees. Juggling priorities can be a real challenge, and mistakes made in this stage of life can have a large bearing on the […]
Key points Australian home prices are likely to fall another 5-10% this year driven by a further 15% or so fall in Sydney & Melbourne. Tight credit, rising supply and falling price expectations are the main negatives. Uncertainty around the impact of possible tax changes is likely also impacting investor demand. The housing downturn will […]
How much does it cost to raise a child in Australia?
By Dee Chan, Financial Advisor How much does it cost to raise a child? Obviously the answer is highly dependent on individual circumstances. However, as a guide, a 2013 national study found that a typical middle income family would spend about $812,000 on raising two children from birth to age 24. At that time child-raising costs […]
The Australian economy in 2019 – house prices, growth and interest rates
2019 is likely to be an interesting year for the Australian economy. Some of the big drags of recent years are receding but housing is turning down, uncertainty is high around the global outlook and it’s an election year, which will add to uncertainty. This note looks at the main issues around the housing downturn […]
By Casey Shaw, Financial Advisor The word “thrifty” is rarely thought of in a positive sense but that’s not fair because if we continually spend more than we earn, our debts will eventually catch up and other words such as “default” or “bankrupt” might become more familiar. Being thrifty doesn’t mean doing without – quite […]
What is a financial advisor & how they can be your best asset
By Dee Chan, Financial Advisor Just as everyone should have a trusted health professional to rely on, so should everyone have a trusted financial planner. Professional financial advice isn’t just for the wealthy. Financial planning is about establishing a long-term strategy to secure your financial future with the lifestyle and living standards you desire, regardless […]
By Casey Shaw, Financial Advisor Are TV travel documentaries not close up and personal enough for you? Would you prefer to actually be there, immersing yourself in the environment, amongst the people, eating local delicacies, but you’re not sure if your budget can take you further than your lounge room? An overseas holiday doesn’t have […]
What to do if you win the lotto – 7 financial strategies
By Casey Shaw, Financial Advisor Lottery prize pools now amass huge amounts, regularly turning everyday Aussies into instant multi-millionaires. But being ‘struck rich’ is not only based on luck. There is more than $2.6 trillion worth of assets invested in superannuation in Australia. A multi-million dollar inheritance can be a life-changer. Regardless of the source, […]
By Dee Chan, Financial Advisor We all need something to look forward to and for many members of Generation X the lure of discount airfares and package deals are irresistible; others have luxury holidays high on the agenda. And why not? We all love a holiday and what’s more, happiness, apparently, is not just in […]