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November 10, 2016

Your next holiday destination – why not swap?

House swapping has become a hugely popular option for affordable holiday accommodation across the world. You might remember the movie, “The Holiday” starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. Two women are experiencing relationship problems so they exchange their houses for a holiday away from men. Kate swaps her quaint English cottage for Cameron’s LA mansion. Both love the extreme differences but, of course, there are men everywhere they go! (It ends happily ever after.) In the ten years since that movie debuted, house swapping has taken the world by storm. It’s no longer a way to escape from our problems, […]
November 3, 2016

A guide to planning for aged care

When the time comes to consider aged care, where do you start, what options do you have and will you be able to afford it? The latest Intergenerational Report tells us that Australians aged 65 years and over accounted for 14% of the population – and that figure is rising. Whether you’re concerned about your future self or a loved one, aged care is an issue most of us will have to manage at some time in our lives. At the time of Federation, Australians at birth had an average life expectancy of around 50 years. The most common causes […]
November 3, 2016

Tap into the amazing power of compounding

When you invest over a period of time, compound interest is your best friend. In effect, it means you are earning interest not just on your own capital, but also on the interest you’ve already earned. Over the long term, this might be phrased as “interest on interest on interest on interest on interest …” or more simply, “free money”! So how do you get this free money? This is how… A simple start Imagine we place $100 in an investment that earns 10% pa. At the end of one year, we’ve earned $10. Imagine we spend all the interest […]