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ACHIEVING A COMFORTABLE RETIREMENT

Many women dream of a retirement where they can kick back and relax, do whatever they like and be free from the demands of others – actually focusing on caring for themselves. But this step often means being free from financial worries or concerns and for a large proportion of women, the prospect of a comfortable retirement can seem elusive. Especially when you do the sums.

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WATCH OUT FOR TAX SCAMS

The end of the financial year will likely bring the usual wave of scams. Here’s what to watch for. 

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NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESSION PLANNING

Small business is generally regarded as the backbone of the Australian economy, but that strong back is showing signs of age.

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BE THE BOSS OF YOUR CASH

If, like many others, your life and money feels a bit like a juggling act - paying bills here and there… and “Uh oh, forgot about the council rates, guess that one’s going on the credit card”. You may be thinking that having some extra cash would solve a lot of your problems.

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HOW TO RETIRE, YOUR WAY

How you’d like to spend your retirement is as unique as you. From the big life changing goals, to the smaller, more personal ones that give your life meaning.

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ONE IN THREE AUSSIES TRAVEL WITHOUT PROTECTION.

It’s always that time of the year when our thoughts turn to summer holidays, but amid the excitement of choosing a destination, neverforget to arrange travel cover. In the last three years, one in three Australians have headed off internationally without the protection of travel insurance.

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WHEN TO CHARGE YOUR KIDS BOARD

I recently came across a news story about a hapless New York couple, who have taken their 30-year old son to court in a last ditch effort to get him to move out of home. My first thought was “only in America”. But here in Australia, high rents and low housing affordability are seeing plenty of parents shelve plans for an empty-nester lifestyle as their 20-, 30- and even 40-something offspring show no signs of leaving the family home.

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THE FUTURE OF MONEY

The line “as rich as Croesus” is littered through literature in works as bizarrely diverse as Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketee

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PREPARING FOR THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE

The choices we make in life have a big influence on our personal happiness and also on the wellbeing of those we love. Sometimes we anticipate choices with a sense of excitement. And sometimes life throws us curve balls in the form of unexpected events and important decisions.

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WHY YOUR KIDS WON'T LISTEN TO MONEY ADVICE

Every parent wants the best for their children but kids often won’t listen to the wisdom of your experience, especially when it comes to money. Don't give up! Here are some of the common beliefs and misconceptions kids have about managing money—and how you could get them to take your advice.

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INCOME PROTECTION INSURANCE

What exactly is income protection insurance and do I need it?

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SAVE FOR SOMETHING BIG

Using goals to achieve your dreams
Many people don’t find budgeting and saving easy, nor is it on top of their priority list. Most of us are programmed to look for short cuts, or believe that with a bit of luck – and rising house prices – ‘we’ll be right’. But in reality, saving for the lifestyle we want does require a degree of discipline and an active interest in looking after your finances. And one of the easiest ways to do this is by setting up some short, medium and long term financial goals.

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