Aussies betting on the wrong horse when it comes to their financial futures

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Don’t try to beat the odds – make your own luck Ahead of the expected $800 million-plus to be wagered on Melbourne Cup Day, Australians are being warned about trusting in luck rather than good management to secure their financial futures. When it comes to financial protection, Aussies are seriously mistaking the odds when it... Read more continue reading

The great generational shift

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The Great Generational Shift – a landmark global report by Hudson – explains why the differences between generations will reshape the workplace Hudson, a leading provider of specialised recruitment, talent management and RPO solutions in Asia Pacific, today released The Great Generational Shift, a landmark report looking at the changing nature of workplaces and offering ways to address... Read more continue reading

“Dear client: Is your Seniors Health Card at risk?”

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How can advisers help clients get or retain a Seniors Health Card in 2015? … by quarantining assets and thus income produced from pool of assessable assets Speaking yesterday at AUSTOCK Life’s Masterclass in Sydney, Richard Atkinson, discussed adviser strategies to assist retired clients in getting or keeping a Seniors Health Card. “The rules for deeming account... Read more continue reading

Employer intentions to hire reach 18-month high

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Hudson Report reveals largest quarterly rise in almost four years New research from Hudson, a leading provider of specialised recruitment, talent management and RPO solutions in Asia Pacific, reveals an optimistic outlook for the end of year with intentions to hire across Australia reaching the highest level in 18 months. On the back of the... Read more continue reading

Announcer Financial Planning embraces Wealth Know How videos to educate clients

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Wealth Know How, Australia’s fastest growing provider of independent financial videos and Announcer Financial Planning, an independent financial planning group, have partnered to educate and engage clients with online videos. Announcer’s new website will now have a cross section of educational videos from Wealth Know How. Announcer Financial Planning’s Managing Director Andrew Rocks says: “We... Read more continue reading

Simple secret to eternal happiness revealed

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Research shows Australia’s happiest people may not be rich, famous or even good looking $125,000 found to be the optimal salary for achieving happiness Everyone wants to be happy. It has been the subject of books, films and in 2014 Pharrell Williams’ tune Happy went to number 1 in more than 30 countries from Slovakia to Spain,... Read more continue reading

Futures worth protecting

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Professional artists illustrated the lives of over 100 people as part of a MoneySmart Week event run by TAL last week. TAL Chief Customer and Operations Officer Penny Coates said: “The illustrations from the TAL Imaginarium were designed to help people really appreciate what is important in their lives, including the futures they imagine.” “Participants... Read more continue reading

Why do so many people not have a will?

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And 2/3rds of existing wills are likely to be out of date  More onerous revenue claims against wills/estates have led to the increasing desire to protect estates from future claims ‘Blended families creates potential for unhappy spouses and step children contesting the will The current available survey evidence is that many adults in America do not... Read more continue reading

Back to basics in fashion as investors flock to learn about budgeting 

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Australians are going online more and more to learn about how to take charge of their own finances, says Fiona Parker, General Manager of Wealth Know How, Australia’s fastest growing independent online financial education website. “We have seen an increased interest in our easy to digest video clips covering budgeting this financial year,” she said.... Read more continue reading

Should pocket money be entitled or earned?

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Over half of Aussie kids work for their pocket money Most parents link pocket money to good behaviour or help given More than a quarter of children don’t receive pocket money 7 to 10 year olds earn $8.50 in pocket money each week and 11-14 year olds earn $14.30 Early conversations with children critical to... Read more continue reading