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February 25, 2016

Mortgages, personal debt and retirement

Ideally, we would enter retirement with our home mortgages paid off and completely free of any other kind of debt. That would give us the capability to use our retirement savings to finance (or help) finance our standard of living in retirement. Yet many retirees are, of course, reaching traditional retirement ages with outstanding mortgages and other debts. And often these retirees may decide to use at least part of their super to fully pay off their debts, reduce debt or to direct part of their super pensions to keep making repayments. Other debt-reduction options include remaining in the workforce […]
February 11, 2016

Financial planning for women

While we may be stating the obvious by saying there are distinct differences between men and women, when it comes to money, there definitely are! It has never been more important for women to obtain personalised financial advice. Consider the following – 84% of single parents are women; 52.1% of professionals in Australia are women; more than one-third of business operators are women; at least 80% of women will spend at least a decade on their own; women are nearly four times more likely to reach age 100 than men; women make up 54% of all people aged 65 years […]
November 26, 2015

Five ways to give your Christmas a makeover

These days Christmas appears to be more of a retail festival than a religious event, and while it can be a season of joy for many, it is a time of stress or loneliness for others. If the ‘Xcesses of Xmas’ have been getting you down, or if you just want to shake up your usual routine, here are some ideas to help you re-write the rules, create a new meaning or start a new tradition for doing Christmas Day your way. Have an “Orphan’s Christmas”. If you have neighbours who live alone or don’t have family nearby, why not […]