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Insurance

Tackling insurance premium hikes

By Andrew Albury
If you’ve experienced a substantial increase in your personal risk insurance premiums in recent times, you’re not alone. Between 2010 and 2017, premiums rose a staggering 54.6%. Last year, they rose 4.84%, meaning the average cost of a family’s insurance policy will be approximately $200 more and likely to be much higher for professionals with significant levels of cover.

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What I noticed during the Commonwealth Games

By John Barton
Like most people, I don’t watch a great deal of free-to-air TV anymore. However, this past couple of weeks, I did watch some of the Commonwealth Games and couldn’t help but notice the number of insurance advertisements still on the air. If those TV ads are still running – they must be working, right?

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Comfortable ignorance or an inconvenient truth?

By John Barton
Wealth and health are two topics that many of us flat-out prefer a comfortable level of ignorance compared to the often inconvenient, and sometimes confronting, truth. Most of us tend to avoid, put off and defer the assessments and actions that will actually get us where we want to get. However, getting there will, in most cases, require a level of inconvenience – and many of us simply prefer the comfort of assuming all will be well rather than face a little inconvenience along the way.

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Protecting yourself while helping your adult children

By John Barton
As parents, much of our time, energy and money is directed towards ensuring our children have the best possible start in life, as well as providing them with the means to become productive members of society. However, as our children become adults and begin their own families, the focus tends to shift to securing our own retirement...

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Five Money Tips for Young Professionals

By Alec Berry
We understand that as a young professional, you’re juggling a number of competing priorities, and that it can be difficult finding the time or headspace to think about your financial future. However, with age on your side, you are in a powerful position. We've shared five considerations to help get you started in building the foundations for your financial future...

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7 things I’d tell my younger self

By John Barton
Hindsight is an incredible thing and what’s more, hindsight brings with it 20/20 vision. When you think about it, of all the people to take advice from, the best person is really you. Or, the ‘older you’ specifically. You know you best.

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Education Bonds: Investing for Children and Grandchildren

By Andrew Proudfoot
Last week, we introduced the concept of an insurance bond for tax-effective saving outside superannuation. We also touched on a unique sub-class of insurance bonds, known as education bonds, which can be used to invest for your child/grandchild’s future in a tax-effective way and to make certain educational expenses tax deductible.

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The next best tax structure outside superannuation

By Andrew Proudfoot
Superannuation has long been hailed as the best tax structure in Australia. However, it isn’t the only long-term investment option available and with the impending legislative changes limiting how much can be entered and invested into super, now is a good time to review the next best option.

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7 ways to kickstart 2017 – and make it your best financial year yet

By John Barton
If there is one thing 2016 taught us, it is that peace of mind is a valuable thing. We are both excited and hopeful for the year to come and have shared 7 tips to help make 2017 your best financial year yet and to help you achieve peace of mind for the year to come, regardless of what events unfold this year.

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Is your retirement at risk? The cost of an underinsured adult child

By Andrew Proudfoot
Many individuals view life risk insurances as something very low down on the financial priority list – only really considering it after a major life event occurs (such as a new mortgage or the birth of a child). However, leaving it too long may cost your future self (or your children) money and potential difficulties.

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New financial year brings renewed focus for MGD

Brisbane-based boutique financial services firm, MGD Wealth, has welcomed yet another high profile specialist to their expanding team in the form of risk and succession expert Andrew Proudfoot. Andrew joins MGD from the banking sector, having worked with nab and Suncorp in senior specialist risk and wealth management roles.

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Personal risk insurance: how to survive and manage premium price hikes

If you’ve experienced a substantial increase in your personal risk insurance premiums year-on-year in recent times you are certainly not alone, with many reporting average increases in the region of 20% per year over the last few years.

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Reframe your thinking and take control of your future — Part One

We all understand that the way we ask a question can have a huge impact on the answer we receive. In academe, this is called framing and it refers the cognitive bias which causes people to react to a particular choice in different ways depending on how it is presented.

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