As the world celebrates International Women’s Day and all that women have achieved, it’s a good opportunity to take stock. Australia has undoubtedly come a long way in terms of workplace participation, equal pay and financial independence, but there is still some way to go.
It was a year of extremes, with shares hitting record highs and interest rates at historic lows. Yet all in all, 2019 delivered far better returns than Australian investors dared hope for at the start of the year.
The lure of greater control over your retirement savings with a Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) may be enticing but the freedom to chart your own destiny also comes with the responsibility to comply with the rules.
Few of us like to think about death, let alone plan for it. But far from being morbid, getting your affairs in order and drawing up a Will is one of the kindest and most caring things you can do for your loved ones.
These days, the phenomenon of keeping up with the Joneses is more pervasive than ever. The constant bombardment of images from advertisers, as well as our friends and family via social media is making Australians feel pressured to maintain a certain lifestyle, often to the detriment of their long-term financial goals.