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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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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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Don’t let the super reforms unravel your estate planning

By Andrew Proudfoot
There is now only 13 weeks left before the Government’s new super reforms kick in. This means, there is only 13 weeks left to rethink your super strategy and make any necessary changes to ensure you get the best financial outcomes and avoid potential penalties. Time is running out.

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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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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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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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Succession planning: have you considered the what ifs?

Let’s face it, succession planning can be daunting and is often one of those topics that can easily be put on the shelf to ‘deal with later’. However it is crucial that there is a clear and concise plan as to what happens in unanticipated situations if you are a partner or shareholder in a business.

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What do cricket and your personal finances have in common?

By John Barton
Here's a new way to think about your finances - it's just like cricket. I'm thinking of Adam Gilchrist and Geoff Boycott. Gilchrist was the big-hitting former Australian batsman — lots of runs in quick time. Very exciting to watch. Boycott was the dour, careful Englishman of a generation ago. Again, lots of runs but not much excitement.

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