When it comes to managing our personal debts and credit cards, savings and investing, many people are quick to look for a sequence of simple steps to follow (or a three minute blog to read) to achieve what can usually be a complex outcome.
If a fast solution isn’t found, ‘it's obviously the wrong option’ so we quickly browse on elsewhere looking for that dopamine hit of ‘New’ and never really get to where we need to go.
Like most long term plans, building a self sustaining business takes time; time to mature, time to stabilise in the market and time to return the capital invested.
To achieve this, the majority of business owners use debt and overdraft facilities as an ongoing business tool.
And these types of tools can quickly work against you and your family if you're unprepared.
In Australia it started in January 2020 with;
As we close out 2020, it's fair to say, ‘it's been a tough year’.
Getting on with life today regardless of our decisions yesterday is even more complicated; so it's important to talk about what matters most and know where we stand.
So how does having a history of personal drug use affect your ability to get life insurances and create a safety net for yourself and your family?
Thankfully good mental health is now becoming part of the regular conversations for many Australians.
Here are tips to help navigate the application process.
Just leaving money via your Will for a grandchild to be held in trust until they reach 21 is fraught with risks; from of a challenge to your Will through to concerns of the effects of addiction, divorce and financial mismanagement.
So to help you better understand your options, here are three key phrases you need to understand.
And when it comes to making a Will, how can you be sure you're kids are not cut out of their inheritance by your new partner? Here's a strategy that might be what you're looking for.
Now I'm not talking about the neighbour's cat who has lived with you as your adopted fur-child for the past two years or the trailer your adult son still parks at your home for temporary safekeeping, 5 years ago.
I'm talking about bigger value items we sometimes own with others and often believe we can simply give them away in our Will. (And if you don't have a Will we'd love to help you out with that too.)
A problem arises when we share ownership of assets with another party.
When it comes to the reality of talking with our parents about money and aging, there is never really a right time. But there is probably a better time - and this is what you can do about that.
If you're part of the Sandwich Generation, there's a good chance you’ll become part of the growing number of adult children who will have to get involved with their parents' financial lives as they age.
Yet, the overwhelming majority of adult children – have not had detailed conversations with their parents about their finances, their estate wishes and plans.
How will you be using your superannuation balance? Lump-sum or regular income stream - or a combination of both?
Until then, many of us are also taking an active interest in our elderly parent's financial position in their retirement. Many of us are either the paperwork or financial backup, so it pays to have an idea of what they’re working with too.