Dealing with Stress & Anxiety

An Article from CNN Health by Madeline Holcombe, that our office hopes can be helpful to our clients if they are feeling anxiety regarding the current invasion of Ukraine, along with other worldly stresses. It makes sense that the attack on Ukraine is causing you anxiety, experts say. Here's what to do Russia's attack on Ukraine has sent shockwaves around the globe, and many people are feeling stress, anxiety and fear. There is heartache for those in Ukraine suffering from the violence, uncertainty about what's to come, powerlessness watching the events unfold, and even trauma from devastating images coming out of the region, psychologists say. Feelings of those around the world observing the conflict may pale in comparison to the pain of those within it, but that does not mean they aren't worth caring for, said Wendy Rice, a psychologist based in Tampa, Florida. Low emotional reserves This conflict is coming on the heels of another international trauma: the Covid-19 pandemic. [...]

By |2022-04-08T09:43:51+10:00April 13th, 2022|Community Activity|0 Comments

Sharemarket Falls – 7 Things to Consider

7 Things for you to consider by Dr Shane Oliver Dr Shane Oliver is Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital. This document has been prepared for the purpose of providing general information, without taking account of any particular investor’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Most of the time share markets are relatively calm and don’t make the headlines. But every so often they have a tumble and make the 'front page' with headlines (or these days clickbait) like “billions wiped off share market” and “biggest share plunge since…”. Each one is met with analysis and prognostication from experts. Sometimes the plunge ends quickly and the market heads up again and is forgotten, like last September. But once every so often share markets keep falling for a while. Sometimes the falls are foreseeable, but rarely are they forecastable (which requires a call as to timing and magnitude) despite many (who got lucky) claiming otherwise. And so it [...]

By |2022-02-02T12:34:00+11:00February 2nd, 2022|Market News|0 Comments

End Of Financial Year

End of Financial Year - Top 10 Tips for Business' Pay and clean up any super owing before 30 June Businesses must ensure they are paying employees additional superannuation. As superannuation is not tax deductible until it has been paid, it is also important to ensure all superannuation payments owing are completed before 1 July, this is a great way of reducing your income tax bill. Business owners should be aware of the cash flow implications of the change and make plans accordingly. Be aware of relevant tax changes It is critical you are aware of any relevant tax changes which typically come into effect at the start of a new financial year. Start by consulting your financial adviser or running a thorough search of the ATO for news and announcements. This will ensure you are well positioned to either capitalise on a positive change or prepared for an adverse change. Forewarned is forearmed. Get your tax-deductible expenses in [...]

By |2021-06-09T15:03:13+10:00June 9th, 2021|Community Activity|0 Comments

Take Control Of Your Retirement

Are you affected by the increase in the Age Pension’s qualifying age? Take steps now to avoid getting caught short on retirement income. The minimum age to qualify for the Age Pension has started going up. For those born on or after 1 July 1952, the qualifying age increases by six months every two years until it reaches 67 in July 2023. It rises to 66 in July this year. So if you’re turning 45 this year and plan to retire when you reach 60, you will need to wait until you’re 67 before you can apply for the Age Pension. You’ll have to rely on your own savings and super in the interim, making it crucial to ensure you have enough money put away for later years. But the good news is that there’s still time to grow your retirement savings. Boost your super Contributing more to your super can be a reliable route to bolstering your retirement [...]

By |2020-09-29T13:17:03+10:00September 29th, 2020|Retirement|0 Comments

End Of Financial Year

The financial year is a 12 month time period that is used for tax purposes. For Australians, the financial year ends on 30 June, with the next financial year beginning on 1 July. From 1 July through to 31 October both individuals and businesses are required to submit a tax return form to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The ATO then use this form to determine how much tax is owed to the government, or how much the government needs to reimburse the individual/business if they have paid more tax than was owed. End of financial year checklist Before you get stuck into your tax return this year, make sure that you have considered the following: Credit cards Make good use of your tax return by using to pay off any credit card debt you may have. Rather than using the cash you receive to fund more purchases, use it to pay off your debts and get your financial [...]

By |2020-06-18T14:09:53+10:00June 18th, 2020|Tips and Other News|0 Comments

JPMorgan’s head of financial planning shares his 5 best tips to start investing

JPMorgan’s head of financial planning, Michael Liersch, shared tips for new investors. Liersch says most investors can be successful if they have a plan, manage their perspective, and stay the course. He also recommends that investors ask someone else – a friend, family member, or financial adviser – to look at their investment strategy and challenge it. Whether you are looking to start saving for retirement or you want to put some extra cash in the stock market, investing can seem daunting to the inexperienced. But investing doesn’t have to be complicated, says Michael Liersch, head of goals-based advice and strategy at JPMorgan. In fact, Liersch told Business Insider that most investors can be successful if they have a plan, manage their perspective, and stay the course. 1. Make a plan Liersch thinks the first thing someone should do before investing is create a budget and see where your money is currently going. “As a simple first step, roughly estimate how much of your [...]

By |2019-03-12T11:25:38+11:00June 1st, 2018|Tips and Other News|0 Comments

New retirement saving opportunities for the over 55’s

In the ever-changing super landscape, new tax breaks often arise as governments attempt to create incentives to encourage people to self fund for retirement and then to utilise their super to create income streams that will last well into retirement. One such opportunity is the ‘transition to retirement’ rule aimed at the over 55’s. The transition concept is a significant shift from the old ‘work full time until you retire’ model. The transitional paradigm recognises that many may prefer to ease into retirement gradually by cutting back working hours and drawing some income from their super before they fully retire. Extra savings there for the taking Bruce Jennings from Jennings Financial Services is spending an increasing amount of time helping pre-retirees to take advantage of this transitional environment. “My clients are pleasantly surprised when they discover the additional retirement savings that can be achieved in the 10 year period leading up to retirement. In fact it is quite startling [...]

By |2019-03-12T11:25:38+11:00July 6th, 2017|Retirement|0 Comments

Why Everyone Needs A Will, Especially Parents

Every now and then I come across an article which all of my clients should know about and this article from Caitlin Fitzsimmons is no exception. I totally agree with Caitlin that every parent with kids under 18 need to have a will and for good reason. Please have a read of Caitlin Fitzsimmons Why everyone needs a will, especially parents.

By |2019-03-12T11:25:39+11:00February 9th, 2017|Insurance, Tips and Other News|0 Comments

Making sense of the volatile markets

Craig James is CommSec's Chief Economist reviews the events of the last quarter. and in this report James looks at making sense of the volatile markets for your understanding. Economic & financial trends Shares slide: The US Dow Jones share index fell by 391 points or 2.4% on Friday. Volatile markets: In Australia over the past year there have been 85 daily moves on the ASX 200 index of more or less than 1%– a 3½-year high using annual rolling averages. Expensive US stocks: The over-priced US share market is contributing to the unsettled times. The US share market is over-valued by around 10%. The Australian share market is reasonably valued based on historic averages. What does it all mean? Financial markets are volatile. While that is hardly a new statement, investors have been on somewhat of a roller-coaster ride – not just in recent days or weeks but stretching back to 2014. Much is happening, from plunging oil prices [...]

By |2019-03-12T11:25:39+11:00January 31st, 2016|Market News|0 Comments
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