ABC TV host Geraldine Doogue considers downsizing super strategy

By Sally Pattern  16 Feb 2018  Australian Financial Review Renowned ABC journalist Geraldine Doogue is among the thousands of savers looking to capitalise on the latest changes to the superannuation rules and pump more money into their retirement pots. Doogue, the highly regarded host of Saturday Extra on the ABC’s Radio National, is considering plans to downsize…

How to help kids financially without a severe impact on your retirement savings

By Bina Brown   12 Jan 2018  Australian Financial Review   Family gatherings at this time of year may trigger talk of early inheritance or financial assistance with upcoming expenses. But, as they say on the airlines, fit your own oxygen mask before assisting others. It doesn’t matter whether the money is needed to pay for living expenses,…

20 Commandments of Wealth for Retirees

by Noel Whittaker Ignore the prophets of doom – they are always with us and usually wrong. Make sure your children have adequate insurance. It’s much more affordable than your funding their misfortune. Understand compounding, and appreciate that the rate of return your portfolio can achieve will be a major factor in how long your money will last. Understand the basics…

Australians can now use their super to help buy their first home

First home buyers will get a tax saving of between $5000 and $6000 after one of the government’s key housing affordability measures cleared Federal Parliament on Thursday. The First Home Super Saver Scheme is designed to help young Australians over what has been identified as the biggest hurdle to getting into the property market: a deposit. It does…

Bitcoin – will the hot new digital currency survive?

By Steve Blizard     2 Dec 2017 Bitcoin was created about a decade ago as an alternative to government-issued currencies. As the transactions in this virtual currency exchange allow anonymity, it is popular with people who want to keep their financial activity, and their identities, confidential. The digital coins are created by so-called “miners”, who…