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Time is Money: what does your financial safety net look like?

By Greg Major*, BA (AsSt) BE (Hons) MBA, GAICD FFIN FAIM, Director, Blueprint Wealth Working hours for Australians are getting longer, and they’re less likely to be confined to the traditional nine-to-five working day. In fact, our average working hours are longer than those put in by workers in many European countries – placing added […]

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Why I love dividends and you should too

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Dr. Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist of AMP Capital is a regular media commentator on major economic and investment market issues. Read his latest article on Why I love dividends and you should too. Key points: Dividends are great for investors as decent dividends augur well for earnings growth, they provide […]

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How to Reduce Household Expenses

By Greg Major*, BA (AsSt) BE (Hons) MBA, GAICD FFIN FAIM, Director, Blueprint Wealth Household incomes are more than keeping up with the cost of living but the demands of changing lifestyles are adding to our cost of living pressures, according to a new report. The latest AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report, Prices these days […]

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Spring clean your finances and save

By Greg Major*, BA (AsSt) BE (Hons) MBA, GAICD FFIN FAIM, Director, Blueprint Wealth With the arrival of the warmer weather, many people’s thoughts turn to spring-cleaning. Instead of just clearing out the cupboards and washing the windows, why not spring clean your finances and save money at the same time? That way you’re not […]

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Superannuation and the financial ties that bind

By Greg Major*, BA (AsSt) BE (Hons) MBA, GAICD FFIN FAIM, Director, Blueprint Wealth They say, only one thing in life is certain.  And while we would rather plan our next holiday than consider what’s going to happen when we die, it is one inevitable event that we should all plan for. When someone dies, […]

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How to Cut Spending and Build Wealth

*By Greg Major, BA (AsSt) BE (Hons) MBA, GAICD FFIN FAIM, Director, Blueprint Wealth There’s a common perception that the cost of living is spiralling out of control and families are at breaking point, but according to the latest AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth report Australians are better off than ever. The report, Prices These Days – […]

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5 Ways to Build Wealth With Your Tax Refund

By Greg Major, BA (AsSt) BE (Hons) MBA, GAICD FFIN FAIM, Director, Blueprint Wealth  Just a month into the new financial year the conscientious among us will have already submitted their tax return and are likely to be found shining their financial halos and breathing a sigh of relief. Others are screeching towards the 31 […]

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The generation game

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Dr Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital, talks about how to invest for retirement in the light of key demographic changes. In this issue of Aspirations, we ask Dr Shane Oliver his thoughts on investment strategies, sequencing risk and changes to the age pension. How should investors adjust their […]

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Is property investment for me?

By Greg Major*, BA (AsSt) BE (Hons) MBA, GAICD FFIN FAIM, Director, Blueprint Wealth Australians love property but the idea of property investment—and where to start—can be daunting. One way to get started sooner is by unlocking the value in your home to invest. But it pays to understand the risks as well as the […]

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How stay-at-home mums can boost their super savings: five simple strategies

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By Greg Major*, BA (AsSt) BE (Hons) MBA, GAICD FFIN FAIM, Director, Blueprint Wealth If you’re a stay-at-home mum one thing you shouldn’t put on hold is planning for your retirement, even if you’re not currently in paid work. According to the latest AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report, Child Care Affordability in Australia, women are […]

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