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What financial records you need to keep and how to organise them

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Feb 2019

What financial records you need to keep and how to organise them

A quick guide to organising your financial paperwork With Marie Kondo’s books and TV shows riding high in the charts, it feels as though everyone’s talking about the joys of decluttering and tidying up. But when you’re drowning in a sea of old bank statements, utility bills and receipts, it can be difficult to know where to make a start. The good news is that…

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Buy now pay later services

22

Feb 2019

Buy now pay later services

What you need to know about buy now pay later services Buy now pay later payment services allow you to delay payment or pay by instalments (often fortnightly) over a period of time. Here we explain how these payment services work, what fees you'll pay and how to avoid getting into financial trouble if you're using these services. What is buy now pay later? Buy…

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Are you taking cash out of your kids’ savings account?

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Feb 2019

Are you taking cash out of your kids’ savings account?

Aussie parents admit to withdrawing a total of $1.3 billion from accounts that have been set up for their children. While more than 50% of Aussie parents have set up savings accounts to help their kids get ahead financially, four in 10 admit to taking money out of these accounts (a total of $1.3 billion in fact)1. At first glance, the figures are perhaps a…

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7 tips to improve your financial health

13

Feb 2019

7 tips to improve your financial health

With financial stress impacting one in five Aussie workers, see what steps you could take to improve your financial wellbeing. Some days you might feel confident you can meet your needs within the boundaries of your current income, whereas other days you may feel like you don’t have nearly enough funds in order to do so. The truth is, you’re not alone. Nearly 2.5 million…

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8 healthy road-trip snacks

13

Feb 2019

8 healthy road-trip snacks

A pie and sauce washed down with soft drink from a roadhouse. Or maybe a burger and fries at a fast-food joint. Do these sound like your go-to options when on a road trip? It might seem like a hassle to eat healthy food when you're on the road, but it's actually a breeze. Simply check out our list of healthy road-trip snacks and you…

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5 reasons why small businesses fail

13

Feb 2019

5 reasons why small businesses fail

By Flying Solo contributor John Refalo For many people starting a business is a dream but, at the same time, a significant risk when not done properly. While we see a number of clients citing issues with the Tax Office as the catalyst for problems that upend them, there’s many reasons why a business can fail. Let’s now explore what I believe are the five most common…

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Not needed: A radically new investment strategy

13

Feb 2019

Not needed: A radically new investment strategy

Are you among the investors asking themselves: Is a radically new investment strategy warranted to deal with the challenging investment mix of continuing low interest rates, higher market volatility and subdued returns from diversified portfolios? To the contrary, Vanguard’s economic and market outlook for 2019 and beyond emphasises that disciplined, diversified and patient investors who concentrate on factors within their control are likely to be…

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Four tips for boosting your super balance

13

Feb 2019

Four tips for boosting your super balance

 If you could add $61,000 to your super fund in 10 years, would you do it? Of course you would, however by choosing, or defaulting into, funds that underperform and charge high fees, you may be leaving money like that on the table. Super is the biggest investment most Australians will ever make, yet too many unknowingly behave as if they are starring in the…

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When super isn't compulsory

13

Feb 2019

When super isn't compulsory

As Australia’s $2.8-trillion super system attracts even more headlines than usual, more people may mistakenly assume that almost everyone in the workforce is covered by at least compulsory contributions. In reality, the position is far different. A research paper* from the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) reminds us that a “substantial proportion” of Australia’s workforce is self-employed and therefore does not receive superannuation…

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