The cost of refinancing

Refinancing can be a great way to save money if you believe you are paying too much for your loan, but there is more to it than just finding a loan with a lower interest rate and making the change. Before making the switch, ensure the savings you could make outweigh the fees involved. Here … Read more

Why superannuation fund fees matter

The fees you pay on your super could have a material impact on how you retire, which is why it’s important to understand how they work. A quick internet search of the term “super fees” turned up other questions people ask, including “what fees are charged on superannuation?”, “do all super (funds) have fees?” and … Read more

​Is property investment for you?

When it comes to investing in real estate, equity is a key concept to wrap your head around. The Successful Investor’s Michael Sloan explains what equity is, and how you can use it to your advantage. Benefits of property investment Property is a reasonably secure, long-term investment. You can potentially earn rental income that covers your real estate … Read more

Credit repair

If you have a poor credit score or an error in your credit report, it may affect loans or credit you apply for. You have a right to get errors fixed for free, and you can arrange this yourself. What you can get fixed (for free) Here are some of the typical errors in credit reports. You … Read more

Retirement planning: it’s not all about the money

Retirement is often a massive life change for the majority of people who experience it. Most of us will have mixed emotions around the end of our working life and the beginning of our ‘second half’. For some it will be a relief, and something they have long planned for and are looking forward to, … Read more

Employee share schemes

If you’re invited to join an employee share scheme, you may be able to buy shares at a discount on the current market rate. Schemes vary, so check the offer terms and consider the pros and cons before you sign up. How an employee share scheme works In an employee share scheme, you get shares … Read more

A financial safety net through super

Most super funds offer life, total and permanent disability (TPD) and income protection insurance for their members.  When reviewing your insurance, check if you’re covered through your super fund. Compare it with what’s available outside super to find the right policy for you. Types of life insurance in super Super funds typically offer three types … Read more

Sowing the seeds of succession

Succession planning can be difficult at the best of times without dealing with the added pressures farmers have recently faced with droughts, fires and floods. And that’s why it is even more important to plan early and get it right when you are on the land. You are not just dealing with a business, but … Read more

New year, new investing habits

The new year is a great time to get into financial shape. Here’s some simple steps to develop new investing habits. The new year often comes with resolutions to get healthier and fitter. On the financial front, it’s also a great time to review investments and superannuation portfolios and assess one’s financial wellness. Investors should … Read more

Are you a dollar stretcher?

Characteristics of dollar stretchers A ‘money mindset’ is a way of thinking about personal finance. Your money mindset can change over time, and it may help explain your spending and savings habits. Understanding this can help you build habits and strategies to better manage your money. Dollar-stretchers often find that: They experience difficulty paying for … Read more

Income protection insurance

Income protection insurance pays part of your lost income if you’re unable to work because of a disability caused by illness or injury. It can help pay the bills so you can focus on getting better. What income protection insurance covers If you’re unable to work due to partial or total disability, income protection insurance … Read more

Four powerful ways to build investing confidence

Here are some tips that can help you build confidence in your investing approach, no matter what the markets are doing. Emotions always play a role in investing. For some investors, especially newer ones, it can be hard to separate the idea of investing from “losing it all.” If you’re anxious or insecure about your … Read more