Achieving harmony when you buy together

Mustering a deposit to buy property can be an intimidating exercise and joining forces with a partner, family, or friends could make it a lot more accessible than flying solo. However, it’s a big financial commitment which has the potential to cause tension or even conflict if not carefully handled. One of the most important … Read more

Salary sacrificing super

Salary sacrifice is an arrangement with your employer to forego part of your salary or wages in return for your employer providing benefits of a similar value. One example of a salary sacrifice arrangement is to have some of your salary or wages paid into your super fund instead of to you. If your employer … Read more

Six simple ways to protect your passwords

You use passwords to access your bank accounts, social media, email and more every day. Passwords are the keys to our online identity. That’s why protecting them is so important. Creating a strong password is the first step to protecting yourself online. This helps reduce the risk of unauthorised access by those willing to put … Read more

Investment scams

Be suspicious of anyone offering you easy money. Scammers are skilled at convincing you that the investment is real, the returns are high and the risks are low. There’s always a catch. How investment scams work There are three main types of investment scams: The investment offer is completely fake. The investment exists, but the … Read more

Unpaid super from your employer

If you think your employer isn’t paying your super contributions, follow the steps below: Am I entitled to super? – you should confirm that you’re entitled to super before taking any further steps. Go to ATO online via myGov to view super contributions that have been paid into your super fund by your employer. If your … Read more

Six ways to pay off your mortgage faster

Paying off your mortgage early will save you money and take a financial load off your shoulders. Here are some ways to get rid of your mortgage debt faster. Switch to fortnightly payments If you’re currently paying monthly, consider switching to fortnightly repayments. By paying half the monthly amount every two weeks you’ll make the … Read more

Stay invested despite current market conditions

With markets falling and inflation ramping up, investors might feel they need to ‘do something’ to avoid further losses. However, when it comes to investing, taking action in response to market turmoil may derail a sound investment strategy. To say that conditions have changed since the initial 2022 outlook would be an understatement. We welcomed … Read more

Start your life together on the right financial foot

Before you say ‘I do’, talk about your finances with your partner. Not getting married, but in a relationship? See relationships and money for useful tips. Manage the wedding whirlwind The average Australian wedding costs $36,000. According to a Moneysmart survey, 82% of couples dipped into their savings to pay for their wedding. Another 60% got a … Read more