Am I too young to manage my super?

Self-Managed Super Funds are among the fastest growing superannuation vehicles in Australia and they’re not just for older investors – investment savvy Y-Genners are catching on. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) reports that greater numbers of people...

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Borrowing to invest within your SMSF

Self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) open up a whole new world of investment opportunities for your retirement savings, including direct property. But what if you simply don't have enough money in super to buy an asset outright? Traditionally, you may have had to...

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Buying your kids a home – good idea or bad?

Owning your home has long been considered the Australian dream, but the changing property market is helping to ensure that it remains just that for many young people. Even with initiatives such as the First Home Owner Grant scheme, housing ownership remains...

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To renovate or to upgrade – which is best?

Most of us will live in two or three family homes during our lives. You might find that over this time needs change as does your capacity to meet those needs. So when the time comes for a change; is buying a new home a good idea, or is spending money on the existing...

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Design your own super adventure

A popular series of books originally published over a twenty-year period was the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ series. As the name suggested, the reader could actually decide what the characters did at key moments in the story. They could choose (to a...

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How the family home can affect aged care fees

Residential aged care is playing an increasing role in helping many older Australians enjoy comfortable and carefree lives. However, one of the tasks for anyone assisting an elderly relative with the move into aged care is to investigate the various fees and charges,...

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Preparing for tomorrow

Imagine you were no longer able to look after your financial affairs, or, less dramatically, simply found it an increasing burden to manage your money. How easy would it be for a trusted family member to step in and help you? There are many reasons why you...

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